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Sunday, August 27, 2006
Granny Delivers More Really Good Stuff

Granny sews by feel.

Granny knits booties for baby Ciera (now 13)

Granny holds my Leo

My Granny Olive is a wonder. Not only did she birth nine (yes, NINE!) babies, and raise them all to be pretty great people (with lots of help from kind, humble, patient Grandpa Saul), but she managed to knit (multiple) sweaters for all of them. She also knitted several sweaters, pants and baby bathing suits for her (many) grandchildren. Now she is 90 years old and macular degeneration has taken her sight. She doesn't knit anymore, but the last project she completed was a phenomenal Doubleknit (that is: both sides knit simultaneously, fully reversible and different on each side thankyouverymuch) multi-colored sweater for my dad - someday I'll post a picture. She did more than half of it without any sight. That is how amazing she is.

She is also very pragmatic and speaks frankly about her life being near it's end... Nobody who knows her would be surprised if she lived to be 115. She is systematically shedding her MANY possesions and in a recent windfall, I was the lucky recipient of this wonderful big brown box.

What's inside? Wait until you see...

Granny is an innovator and a real think-outside-the-box kind of gal. She is a big fan of all things new-fangled and gimmicky, so she was always buying the latest knitting notions and tools. These are just a few of the many knitting / crocheting goodies she's given me over the past several years.

In another recent trip to her house on the hill I was thrilled (and my husband, horrified) to receive her knitting machine. Yes. It is HUGE and very heavy and she bought it sometime in the early seventies. It's designed to knit very fine gauge projects and she used it to knit my aunt Molly's (stunning) wedding dress out of fingering weight ivory yarn. I have yet to explore it, but someday I'll knit something spectacular with it.
The best knitting books in my collection came from her. She also saved every knitting pattern she ever used, complete with little notes written in the margin in 1945.
Another thing about Granny, she knows everything. truly. I'm lucky to have her. And I'm happy to be carrying on the knitting tradition she began so long ago. Thanks for the loot Granny!
Wow, a knit wedding dress!! You must find a picture & share it.

I love the first picture.
I would love to see the knitting machine!
I love boxes of craft goodies from grams and aunties...what fun!
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