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Monday, September 19, 2016

Wool on Sunday...

Monday and Tuesday of this week are the birthdays of DD1 and DD2 respectively. Yep they were born 3 years and 1 day apart.
And while tidying/decluttering  cupboards recently I came across some of the little knitted garments that my girls wore in the early 1980s. My mother in law knitted and crocheted a huge bundle of little garments which she brought up to Brisbane in a large suitcase. But I don't seem to have many of these left...I'm afraid it's a bit of a hotchpotch, but a hotchpotch of memories. 😊
A bonnet that was part of a set which included a matching matinee jacket and booties. 

My mother in law made 3 such sets; yellow, blue and white. ( boys dominated births in her family so most expected me to have boys...so no pink! Lol) 
Another blue cardi she made...

In the bag of baby stuff was one lonely baby bootie...no idea why I only kept one! It was crocheted by my MiL and she used cotton as we live in a subtropical climate.
The next item is also just one of a pair...and it's very special to me...
It's a crocheted mitten...and is quite large. The story behind it? When I was pregnant with DD1, I was teaching a Year 7 class. I had noticed that one of my students, Alison, would work on a crocheting project if she finished her work early. Little did I know then, that she was making baby mittens as a gift when I left to go on leave...how special. 
With such a lot of items made by my girls' Nanna, I didn't really knit much in the way of baby clothes but there are 3 items that I did make and these items were in the bag I found in the cupboard too.
A little jumper I made for DD1...
Another little top I knitted for DD2...
And a pram blanket I made before DD2 was born...the pattern was published in New Idea and used Patons Totem yarn. I made a few of these as gifts.
Linking this post with Rainbow Hare's Wool on Sunday.
I have decided to keep the 2 little jumpers for some of the teddies to wear, and the little blanket. I'm afraid the other items will be despatched...no room for being sentimental I'm afraid.  

7 comments:

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

What a lovely collection! I had my children in the 80s (85-91) too and we used to pass all our baby clothes on to friends as soon as the youngest grew out of them. I expect the same happened with lots of yours :)
Thank you for linking this lovely post with Wool on Sundays :)

Kim said...

I have loved looking at all your pretty baby keepsakes. LOVE that pram blanket. I too have beautiful knitted garments hidden away; they bring back so many lovely memories of my mum knitting for my girls.

doodles n daydreams said...

These knitted articles are so much more precious than the stretch and grows the wee babies all seem to wear today. Lovely memories.

Diana

Bev C said...

Hello Maria,

Love that little blanket. The teddies will love the outfits.

Happy days.
Bev.

desertskyquilts said...

How wonderful that you have those special pieces. Thank you for posting these lovely memories.

Susan said...

How lovely...MY SIL gave us a lot of knitted things but in our "Sub tropical" climate and a November DD1 - they weren't used much...must see what I still have..I think you ought to keep that single mitten. Put it on a teddy!!

Carolyn said...

Like you I didn't knit much for my first baby, my MIL was not able to get around much at the time of my pregnancy and knitted incessantly to keep sane. Lucky we were living in Melbourne at the time and my daughter was born in May, so the items came in very handy!