Friday, September 17, 2010

Owning a Piece of Grammie

On Wednesday, as I was driving to our local "Coffee, Crochet & Chat" session, held at Borders in Danbury, Connecticut, I saw a pretty new vehicle -- in the color of burnt orange. Hmmmm. Didn't I just days prior see one in avacado green and think that was pretty too?? Now I'm thinking, whoa! Wait a minute! Burnt Orange?! Avocado Green?! Are those not the two main colors from the 1970s we've been avoiding like the plague ever since? ... have you noticed these two colors creeping boldly into today's yarn lines???

Aside from mixing these two colors together, many crocheters tend to shy away from the Granny Square. And the reason is because it seems everyone, especially the Press, associates crochet with being *JUST* granny squares. Of course, we crocheters know crochet is much, much more than that!!

With thoughts of crochet's yesteryear, I decided to bring in for Show-N-Tell something my cousin Kim recently gifted to me. It was a little "sample" of granny squares crocheted by my Grammie Gloria back in the 1970s! Kim's note read, "Gloria crocheted these squares back in the 1970s. The blanket was so HUGE when she gave it to me it was really NEVER used. Gloria said to "...give it to Goodwill." Now how could I do that after all the EFFORT? So I decided to share with you all -- so ... do with them as you like."

Kim had disassembled the huge afghan, divided it up, crocheted a boarder around each new section to create lap-ghans, then sent them to various family members. Now I'm the proud owner of actual crochet stitches lovingly made by my Grammie! (see picture to the right)

As I am not one who uses lap-ghans, I am thinking of one day disassembling it further to make two throw pillows for my bed. As they are shades of pink, I think they'll fit right in. Of course I'm not going to admit to it in public, but yes, I'm kindasorta still digging the colors from the 1980s (pinks & greens). -- If I wait long enough, maybe they'll come back into fashion like the burnt orange and avocado green from the 1970s. And granny squares never go out of style. After all, they're classics!

1 comment:

Sandie said...

What a sweet, generous thing for her to do and so precious for you to have your Grammie's work. Nice!