(or other handcraft)
My great grandma, grandmothers and various aunts all had their favorite hand or needle craft. My grandmother and her sisters were garment workers, sewing the latest fashion on loud machines. Great Grandma took in “homework” from the factories or sweatshops, hand-sewing buttons, and finishing collars and cuffs. Some of the matriarch knitted, but most crochet. Linen closets and cedar chests stocked with tablecloth, blankets, scarves and hats. There was a special pattern for family tablecloths made from fine lace thread on very thin crochet needles. One grandma whipped up granny squares from left over yarn and attached them to make bedspreads and throw blankets.
I learned to crochet, although not very well. I could put together a scarf. During intense cancer treatments, I crocheted several crooked scarves and a large, uneven blanket. When I was a kid, Great Grandma watched as my sisters and I hooked a chain and attempted to double crochet the next row. She’d inspect our grip on the crochet needle. If one stitch was missed or not uniformed, she’d grab and pull the whole thing out, and show how to hold the needle correctly and crochet perfectly. She did this while complaining and tsking her tongue at our sloppy work. I was never sure what she said because she did not speak English and I knew only a few “nice” Sicilian words. Great Grandma was a hard taskmaster. Either you accepted her terms of training or you snuck away to do anything else.
My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
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