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What my Grandma taught me...
Created By: Susan Harris-Rohde

One summer many years ago, My brother and I were to take swimming lessons at the pool just 3 blocks from my Grandmother's house. After lessons, the pool would close until after lunch and then open to the public, which is where my brother and I were to go spend the remainder of our day. Little did my Grandma know that would be the rainiest summer in years.

My brother was content to sit with Grandpa and work a puzzle or read a book. I however, was what you would call a handfull! That summer I learned to can veggies, sew and make my own patterns, re-upholster a chair, and make jelly. These all have come in handy, but the one task she put before me still has my heart.

One very rainy afternoon, she took me in tow and we headed to town. We took the cross town bus to the most amazing place- she introduced me to yarn. I fell in love with the different types and weights, but mostly all the colors. She and the sales lady looked through the patterns and picked one out, she bought the supplies, and we headed home.

Later that day, the most life changing experience began. She told me about her Grandma teaching her to crochet. Then she handed me the best gift ever; my own crochet hook and a ball of old yarn. She showed me how to hold the hook and how to keep tension on the yarn with the fingers of the other hand. After a half hour of making chains and taking them apart, she showed me a granny square, got out two more old balls of yarn and showed me how to make one.

A couple of hours later, I had about 12 squares. She was pleased that they were all relatively the same size as her example. She showed me how to sew them together and they made a placemat for the dining room table for dinner that night. Grandma and Grandpa told me how beautiful it was and I wanted more.

The next day it was still raining and she gave me some more yarn to work with. (I really think she was please to have finally found something to keep me occupied and out of her hair.) She told me how many squares I needed to make of each color combination and as I finished that bunch she gave me more yarn and another count.

The end of summer was upon us before long and Grandma told me she had a surprise for me. She had followed the pattern she had bought and had sewn the squares together in the evenings while she and Grandpa were watching tv. From the white and green verigated yarns (my favorites) I was presented with a poncho, skirt, and drawstring purse. My Grandma had a skirt, shawl/scarf, and the same drawstring purse from all the navy and blue verigated yarns.

We headed to town for lunch again, this time in our new outfits, it was the 70's and we were hip! Along with lunch came another trip to the yarn store and a new project began...

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