What To Do With Grandma’s HankiesBy A Guest Writer – 19 Comments
Guest Post by Veronica Smith.
So the time has come, your grandma or mum is aging. You can see her once all seeing eyes deteriorating, her beautiful hands that she nursed and hugged you with getting less agile with age. Everything she ever made you is more precious than it has ever been. What happens now? Well you keep using it of course, that is why she made it for you. When she passes you will have lovely memories around you.
However – my grandma was exceptionally good at crocheting very intricate boarders around hankies, some were up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide – truly magnificent, finest thread I have ever seen. The whole family used them because we had hundreds, many are still in use. As I saw her aging I had her make 3 more hankies for my children. At the time I did not know how many children I would have, I only had one at the time. She has left us now and I have only had 2 children so they are both covered. I haven’t given them to the girls yet, the eldest is soon to be 21 and I will hand the precious heirloom to her then. They have seen them and appreciate that they have a part of her. Of course there are many sundry items I have that she has made and so has my mother, they will inherit them as well when the time has come.
Back to my title, what to do with grandma’s hankies. I think I might get them professionally framed. They don’t want to use them, I mean they have been using the ones I have had for many a year – but these are new. They would only sit in their draws in their house and maybe get lost in moving, or picked up and used. Framed, this perfect piece of intricate crochet that boarders 2 inches (5 cm) on each side will be there forever.
It also brings me to the next stage in our family. Do I make something for my children that will endure, they have many handmade things from me but maybe I should make them a fine cotton bed spread? When and if they have children who gets that – there will be only one bedspread. Do I make multiple ‘some-things’ and they can lay in wait for grandchildren that I may not have the opportunity to crochet for?
Do I make an heirloom now?
Veronica is 44 years young. She has a hubby, 2 daughters, 2 goats, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, several fish – and 7.5 acres backing on to a state forest in semi-rural Queensland Australia to house them all! Feel free to learn more about Veronica by visiting her blog.