A couple of things come to mind when I think of abandoned. These pictures were taken two summers ago.
My Great Aunt Molly, before she passed away several years ago, gave me many memories to catch up on, including a quilt made by Great Aunt Mamie Glidewell’s Mother and her Mother’s (my Great Grandmother Sarah) old canner. They don’t make or use canners like these anymore. It’s all there, ready to use, but I don’t trust myself to try to use it. Oh, it looks complicated. But, it fed a large family of 7 boys and 2 girls and many grandchildren for years, so I guess it worked, but it’s been abandoned to history…
The next pics I took while on my bicycle rides in the country. As the summer progressed, my daughter and I debated who might have run this grain elevator and oh my, what if it was haunted? It certainly looked dangerous and I often thought it needed to be pulled down so no youngster would get hurt climbing on it. Sure enough, one afternoon ride, we saw someone was demolishing it. But, there goes another chapter of history….
It’s been about 14 or 15 years since I’ve made a quilt and way back then, I was an award-winning quilter. I’m a wee bit ashamed of myself. But, I work with a young woman who is going to have her first baby in April, so I became industrious & bought all the fabric and after a few days, I’ve got most of the blocks ready to sew into strips. I think it’s coming together quite nicely:
Stay tuned for the finished product!
On a spur of the moment urge, and because I needed a new stocking hat, I decided to knit myself one. I have a stash of yarn that has been lingering in the sewing collection of odds and ends and decided to save a little money and knit one up. It didn’t take me very long, a few weeks knitting in the evenings and I love it!
I used straight needles and made a seam up the back. I have circular needles, but after searching, could not for the life of me figure out where I had put them. I found a website of free knitting patterns, with all kinds of ideas for projects. http://www.allfreeknitting.com
I haven’t done much knitting, and would love to learn to make something more complicated. I learned how to knit when I was in the 5th grade, back in 1965. An aunt & uncle had moved into our home, while their house was being built, and my aunt sat down with me one day and showed me how to knit slippers. She & her husband had knitted things for the soldiers in WWII. I had finished one slipper and started on another. I remember it was an April afternoon, the weather got severely stormy outside and my grandfather called us outside to see the sky. It was actually the day of the Palm Sunday tornadoes in Indiana that year, which wiped out a whole town in Eastern Indiana. I remember jumping up off the sofa and running outside to see what was going on. When I returned, I found the slipper I had just started, but could never find the one I finished. I never did find that thing.
When I was a new mother with my infant son, I decided to take a knitting class once a week, and it lasted for a whole semester. I learned how to knit a vest in the European style of knitting or German style as the teacher called it. It was so much fun and got me out of the house in the company of other crafty women. I never did wear the vest, because it turned out too small! So, I gave it away to someone for a child to wear. But, I’ve not forgotten how to knit and I’ve got several books to help me through the tough spots, plus the internet now.