|Me, great grandma, mum and nan|
For long-term readers of the blog and listeners of the podcast, it should come as no surprise that my hero is my nan. And my mum. And in some ways my great grandma (thats all of us up there in that picture from October 2010 - as far as I know my great grandma is still alive!).
And though he is no longer with us - my grandad. I have distinct memories of going to a yarn store my nan and grandad, where my nan would buy handknitting wool and my grandad would buy machine knitting cones of wool, and I would pick up the resident cat and love all over it. From this same shop I believe I was bought a knitting nancy, my first long stitch sewing picture kit, and I probably helped to choose colours of yarn.
My grandad had 3 knitting machines I think. He was probably the one who bought me the children's knitting machine that was pink and probably about half a metre in length. I remember just chugging up and down, up and down and making huge lengths of fabric. Nothing ever happened with these fabrics, but I was doing what grandad did.
My nan initially taught me to knit, but as a small person I didn't take to it. She also taught me to crochet, and I can make a granny square because of her. She's enabled me in ways no-one ever has - my spinning wheel and my sewing machine are thanks to her.
|"Joyce" named after my nan|
My great grandma used to be a great crafter. When I saw her in October 2010 she said she couldn't knit anymore, but she could still crochet, and I saw some little baby outfits she was making. I don't know if she can still do anything, as she was losing her mind (she didn't remember who I was to begin with, and then kept calling me by my mum's name - but my nan does that all the time anyway!), but I hope if I'm still alive in my 90s that I can still craft too.
So here's to my family for all their encouragement throughout the years. Without you I wouldn't be where I am now, I wouldn't have the friends I do, and I certainly wouldn't be able to make my own clothes!
PS: My mum has also enabled my love of Snape as she bought me the box set of HP films for Christmas. Does that satisfy the Snape requirement Naomi?!?!