For day 3 of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week the topic was to write about a knitting or crochet hero. As soon as I saw this topic I had no doubts who I would write about: my Granny.
She taught me to knit when I was little but I never made anything other than the odd scarf for a teddy until I was at University. I know she would be proud if she saw what I could make now.
She used to knit school cardigans for me and my sisters and many multiples of small items for us to sell at Church Fair Brownie stalls over the years (only now can I appreciate how much time she must have spent doing this ) but the things I remember most fondly are the toys that she would knit for us. Some have got lost over the years but I have two, both designed by Jean Greenhowe that mean a lot to me.
The first, a caveman is about 10cm tall. I can’t remember how old I was when Granny knit him but I think he must be about 20 years ago. I did have a witch as well that I must try and find and my two sisters had a ghost that rattles, a fisherman, an artist and I think a cowboy as well.
The second is a ballet dancer with her own presentation stand and is about 30cm. This dates back from my ballet days which I think I stopped at least 16 years ago. As you can see she could do with a bit of a clean!
A few years ago I was really pleased to find I found a second hand copy of an out of date book of Jean Greenhowe’s containing loads of the patterns that I remembered as a child.
Then my Auntie went through her collection of my Granny’s knitting pattens and found many that were duplicates so now I have quite a collection.
There are some brilliant new toy designers out there that I have explored because of the influence of my Granny. I especially love Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land and also the wonderful world of Cheezombie.
My favourite toy that I made myself is my Gnome designed by Alan Dart.
I think my Granny would have liked him too.
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