My sister Sarah and I
The begininnings of ummashin's goodies, you ask?
My mother's mom lived with us growing up and provided all three of my siblings (and herself) with handmade clothes. Party and recital dresses, flower girl dresses, pullovers, cardigans, overalls, pajamas, and little sweater pantsuits like the one pictured above. She used a knitting machine but I also remember distinctly a pair of intricately patterened mittens that seemed to fly out of her clicking needles and a crocheted lace baby dress that is stored in my mom's house because it is indeed a treasure. I remember visiting our cousins and she brought this fine soft yarn and the thinnest needles and somehow there was a sweater for my cousin in the morning.
My grandma was the one who gave me the crafting bug and taught me how to sew, knit, and crochet. I would spend hours in her room hanging out (watching 90210 and Matlock, hahah!) My grandma was larger than life and when she passed away when I was 13 it left a big hole in my heart.
However, the bright point that emerged from the great loss was that it brought me closer to my mother. She took the handmade reins and went flying and has been a constant source of support and inspiration in my own handmade journey. Now that I have children it is such a blessing to be able to provide them with clothes made with my love.
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