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Grandma's inspiration
Created By: Sue McHugh

As a child, I spent one summer with my grandparents. Since it was summer, my grandmother took me to a fabric store and bought a stack of fabric. A few days later, my brother and I had a new wardrobe for summer. She also knitted, and had some of the most beautiful afghans, sweaters, and doilies around the house. She made an afghan for each of her grandchildren (and she had a lot!), which we all still have 40 years later. That summer, as I watched her fingers fly over knitting needles creating a new project, she asked if I would like to learn how to knit. I jumped at the chance to make something out of a clump of yarn like she did. When my fingers flew over the knitting needles, all I had was a tangle of yarn that didn't look like anything. I made her laugh and that was worth all of the frustration that I experienced. I did not learn to knit that summer, but my interest in the skill was piqued. When I was a freshman in college, I decided that I was going to learn how to knit. I went to the local store, bought some yarn, knitting needles and a book. I sat on my dorm bed, reading the book and following the pictures. Everyone in my family received scarves that Christmas, none of them all that good, I'm sure, but it was my start. I have since made my own design of Irish knit afghans for all of my brothers and have started working on afghans for my nieces and nephews. I have been able to make baby afghans for friends and relatives, sweaters, mittens, and home decor for my self. I am well known by co-workers for sitting during seminars and knitting away. It relieves stress, makes my leisure time more productive and everytime I pick up a pair of knitting needles, I know that my grandmother is watching over my shoulder for my next project. She is remembered all the time and I am so grateful for her igniting the spark of knitting. I am currently teaching one of my nieces to knit and crochet. She has taken to it like a bee to honey. My grandmother continues to live on in our family through her love of knitting. I thank her mother and unknown generations of knitters before her for passing on this craft that bonds generations of family members and hopefully will continue for many generations to come. The only thing more special or valuable than something that has been handmade with love, is to learn how to create your own treasures for those you love. God created grandmothers to make our lives special and my grandmother did that for me in a way that is unsurpassed. Thank you Grandma.

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