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My Grandmother's Legacy
Created By: Val Winthrope

Many years ago (I don't even want to say, but it was over 40), I remember spending alot of time at my Grandparent's home. My mother was often ill, and my father was working, so our Grandparents looked after us much of the time.

My grandmother was very involved as a volunteer in our community, and one of the things she did was crochet granny square blankets for the hospital.

In her spare moments and in the evenings, she would sit and pick up her crochet and her little pile of wool ends and start the next granny square. My grandmother never bought wool for these blankets. They were made from the leftover ends of projects made by others all over the community, unravelled old sweaters, whatever she could find.

I have a very clear memory of when I was quite young (perhaps five?),on a summer day, sitting at the end of Grandma's sofa, practicing over and over, first the chain stitch, then the single crochet, etc. All the while, my grandmother fussing around the house, stopping once in a while to show me the next step.

I'm not quite sure what I eventually ended up with that day, but I do know that I have continued to crochet to this day.

I try most times to make my own Christmas gifts, and several years ago, had made my mother a cotton nightgown, with lace that I had crocheted for the trimmings.

When my mother showed it to my Grandmother, she said "When did you learn to do that?" When I told her that she had taught me, she looked stunned and responded "I certainly did not! All I ever taught was how to make granny squares!!" She had never known that those same stitches she used to make granny squares could go on and make a multitude of things!

When Grandma moved into a care home, she made sure that I got her huge hoard of yarn, and no one else, and when she finally passed away, I received the last granny square blanket she had ever made, and the only one she had ever kept for herself. I can recognize wool in it from my mother's favourite rose angora sweater, and yarn from an old sweater of Grandpa's.

Today, though there are several women in our family, I am the sole member who has carried on the legacy my grandmother left - crochet.

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