Vintage Knitting Things
My aunt recently gave me my grandmother's knitting things:
Some cool old metal needles with cables that look like bass guitar strings and neat metal point protectors, and a hand written knitting pattern for what looks like a doll sweater (Toni?). I want to make this doll sweater, not that I have any dolls or know anyone that could use them (my niece's Baby Born doll is too big I think), but just because it was my grandmother's.
My grandmother chain smoked unfiltered Camels and had a bottle of sherry in the laundry cabinet. When I visited she made fried eggs and bacon, and no matter how poorly she was feeling she would always entertain people. She taught me to finger crochet, because I was too little to learn to knit, she said, and I finger crocheted chains that were long enough to go around the moon. She died of a heart attack when I was 8, her doctor husband had been out of the house and by the time he found her she was beyond rescuscitation. I still remember her vividly, with her marzipan covered cookies for special occasions and the way she would never say she was cooking lamb, only "a roast" (to try to spare my little kid feelings for cute animals, even though I would always know it was lamb anyway). So this was a pretty special gift, and I have to find somewhere to store these cool needles.