Friday, April 28, 2006

Things that make you go hmmmm........

Last night I read this post by Hunny and it got me thinking. I thought about the different gifts I had made over the past several years and where were they? I know the stuff I made my mother is being worn, I've seen it. Ditto for my SIL, although I made her a capelet and she wore it to China. She sent pics via the internet and lo and behold, her sister was wearing it in all the pics. I got pissy, but she later explained they can't find anything like it in China (the shit you see "Made In China" in Wal-Mart or Target is indeed made there, they just can't buy any of it there) and her sister begged for it. I have made baby blankets, that were well received, but where are they now? I also have made charity blankets for the local NICU and it made me wonder, did the parent(s) like them? Are they packed away as a keepsake? Are they in a local landfill? You know and I know if you added up the time it took, the care that went into making them and the materials, they should be kept as keepsakes, but who knows.

Anyway, it also made me think of this:







Cute, no? It's almost 42 years old and my great-aunt made it for me when I was born. Looks like new. Very soft acrylic (I'm sure, but not itchy) with a ribbon around the neckline and perle cotton sc trim all around. It looks like something that you could find a pattern for now...timeless really. There are no stains, pulls or anything. This was worn by me and my mother, who doesn't do one crafty thing, took the time and effort to clean it and pack it away in a cedar chest for me to have for my child one day. Elena wore it also and I have it packed in a cedar chest for her child (if she decides to have one. At the tender age of six, she has informed me she is never having a baby). I want to try and duplicate the pattern. It's sc and shell stitches and one piece, baby sacque.

While I was in the cedar chest I found these also-I don't use them because they don't go with my decor, but I have saved them also and yes, they need pressing.








My great-GRANDFATHER made them. He was an immigrant farmer who made a fortune (no trickle down here, all was left to his son, not his daughter, who happened to me my grandmom). When he retired, he needed something to do, so with calloused hands he started thread crocheting and embroidery. It's weird that a man would do these,but he did and I will give these to Elena someday. The aqua and cream doily is made with a thread that has a nice sheen to it and seems thicker than #10. There are trebles, sc and picots and I am more fascinated by it now then ever before.

Anyone else have anything handmade from their childhood to share?

9 comments:

Hunny said...

I wish I had stuff from my childhood to give to my daughter(s). But due to events when I was young I have nothing. Only a few pictures. Most of them got ruined. That is why I tried to make as much stuff as I can for katie. I want her to have stuff to pass on to her kids.

ThreeOliveMartini said...

nice stuff deneen.. helpful hint.. the linen embroidered piece.. needs to be steamed and laid between tissue and gently rolled ot be stored.. those creases will become permanent if left that way .. and eventually the piece will "break" at those places

Rebecca said...

i just love family treasures.
at a mere 4 pounds and change at my birth, there were no clothes to fit me. my greatgrandmother knit, crocheted and sewed most of my infant clothing... my mother kept it all. sooooo tiny! i need to call her about it. the itty bitty pink embroidered dress i wore home from the hospital would look great mounted and framed in my daughter's room - thanks for ruffling memories :D

Lynlee said...

Wow... My mom "gave" the blanket her grandmother made for her to the cats. It breaks my heart!

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Jewels said...

Wow - how awesome is it that you still have these!! They look like they could have been made yesterday, let alone 40+ years ago. I just love heirlooms like this that are passed on through the family and the years. I have made some things for people's babies that I hope will be saved, however if they're used til they're threadbare that's great too actually.

DixieRedHead said...

i wish i had soemthing so wonderful to treasure. how remarkable that your gr grand fater made those doilies.Thank you for sharing. i have the clothes i wore home from hospital. my mom wasnt that sentimental, or at least she has never showed me anything that she kept, if she did.... ur very fortunate deneen :)

Wendy said...

When Sierra was born, the hospital let Tony pick out a hat for her that was knitted. Ladies in the community knitted them and donated them to the hospital. It is in her keepsake box.

I have made quilts for people and have been to their house and never seen the blankets used. It bugs me.

Then again, my brother has used his quilt that I made him on his couch as a couch cover and never washed it. So, it looks pretty bad. That bugs me to... I guess once they leave your hands, you have no control over what happens to it.

Making things for people is such an emotional thing. You kind of form an attachment to the item and a little bit of you will always be with it.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know that my daughter was born a few weeks premature and was in the NICU for a week. Her nurse picked out a quilt for her and it was in her isolette and came home with us and she has slept with it evert night of her life for almost 9 years now. I can't speak for anyone else, but we thought it was a lovely gesture and a very thoughtful gift at a very stressful time and my daughter thinks it so special that someone who never met her made her that quilt.

Deneen said...

That is nice to hear how appreciated the quilt from the NICU is and how it's still loved.

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