Thursday, November 29, 2012

Remembering a Hand Made Gift

When I was a little girl I received a hand made poncho as a holiday gift from one of my grandmother's best friends.  I'm sure I got some store bought gifts that year.  I also am sure that I didn't get every toy that I wanted but I don't remember being sad.  I loved the poncho, it was warm and it was blue, it even smelled nice.  It was comfortable but still dressy enough to wear to church.  I guess it was knit from wool because it was also durable enough to put up with a little girl that did not play like a little girl.

Hand crafted carved covered jar
Hand Carved Covered Jar

I was sad to grow out of it but that was easily remedied.  Mrs. Wheeler simply added a few more inches of yarn to the bottom of the poncho and I was able to wear it for another year or two.

Isn't it funny how I don't remember any of the store bought toys I got or didn't get but all these years later I still remember that poncho with love for it and the people who gave it to me.

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9 comments:

  1. What a lovely memory. The poncho will continue to live through you.Things that seem unimportant at the time are often, in retrospect, most important.

    My Nanu had a teapot that was just a teapot, until I began majolica and realized that the teapot was the basis of my fascination with low fire clay.

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    1. Hi Suzie, exactly. I imagine that teapot was beautiful.

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  2. I remember when those hand knit ponchos were all the rage! My Memere knit one (or crocheted, can't remember) for both me and my sister. I loved mine too. Isn't it time for them to come back in style?

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    1. Yes Michèle, it's time, they were really pretty cool.

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  3. Never had a poncho, but the handmade gifts do stand out, both the receiving and the giving of them.

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  4. What a coincidence, a Mrs.Wheeler knitted me a beautiful ivory colored scarf when I was young. I wore if forever, I just recently had to put it to rest. I always remember the handmade gifts the most, both the giving ones and the receiving ones.

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  5. Homemade is the best- it is funny what you remember the most from those days. I had a step-grandmother who would send us white pantent leather------hummm I don't think she understood us that well. That and tights.....

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  6. That's an awesome story. My grandmother knitted me a poncho when I was a little girl... it was red white & blue. Cheers to handmade & to good memories! :)

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