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Handmade Stories: My Great Grandma’s Knitting

I’m taking a quick break from wrapping up work on CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 and prepping for tomorrow night’s free craft event at Schuler Books to share a handmade story project I launched today in my newspaper column. I’m collecting handmade stories and started by sharing a story I wrote for Issue 4 of my magazine. It’s about meeting my great grandmother for the first time in 1979 on her farm in Washington state. (That’s me, front and center, in the photo above holding great grandma’s hand. My little sister, Jacquie, is next to me and my mom and grandma are behind me to the left.) If you missed the story in today’s print edition of The Grand Rapids Press, please visit MLive.com to read the excerpt.

You can download the slipper pattern I wrote about here. Pattern information is on Ravelry, too.

My column explains what I’m up to, so check it out for more info. In a nutshell, I’m essentially asking people to tell me the stories and traditions behind the patterns and projects they make. My plan is to interview and feature the people who send in the best projects and stories. Projects and stories can be emailed to me or sent via regular mail (I enjoy crafty correspondence!) to Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, P.O. Box 888192, Grand Rapids, MI 49588.

I’m going to get my work done while I wait to hear your stories. :  ) Have a lovely day!

 

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Comment from yvonne
Time: October 28, 2012, 6:30 pm

Such a wonderful photo! Your great grandmother is in your heart and you are honoring her so graciously. Thanks so much for sharing this….it brought a tear to my eye.

Comment from Debbie Baldwin
Time: November 2, 2012, 2:44 am

Such a lovely face, Such a lovely knitwear!Share their gratitude.Whenever we touch that core of goodness, we feel moved.

Comment from phu khoa
Time: December 19, 2012, 3:40 am

thank for share, It is a moving story

Comment from Loquat @ humic acid
Time: December 30, 2012, 2:48 am

Warm story and cute knitting, thanks for posting this, i know your feeling

Comment from pha thai
Time: January 15, 2013, 3:39 am

Thanks for share; good luck!

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Comment from Lily
Time: June 12, 2013, 10:07 pm

I love this slipper. and want to learn how to make it ?could you teach me ? thank you !

Comment from A&F
Time: July 17, 2013, 4:39 am

What a happy family portrait!

Comment from william wizard
Time: February 4, 2014, 4:03 am

This makes me wonder how much of the “certain age” notion just comes down to attitude and outlook? We have a woman in our guild who is in her 80s, and she’s always keeping up with yarn trends, taking every knitting class she can, and knitting the latest Stephen West shawl. I totally want to be her someday!
A setting and modelchange,would help emphasize the difference.

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