Mum liked Harrod’s teddies. She would dress them in her knitting, recycling the yarns from our old jumpers.
My mum was a domestic goddess. She was very good at sewing, knitting, and crochet. She could even machine knit. She was an amazing cook and loved gardening, too.
Unlike my craft I do for my selfish reasons, her handwork was always for us or for the house. She made clothes for me and my brother. She decorated the house with her sewing and crochet.
I used to love watching her making things. There was calmness around her which seemed to be contagious. She sometimes let me lay my head on her lap while she knitted or crocheted. I remember the smell of her and the dampness of her apron as if it was yesterday. It was a moment I was allowed to be a child and I felt safe and loved. It was such a precious moment and with a memory like this, I can keep on living strong.
I have two cousins I grew up very closely. They are my mum’s older sister’s daughters and a few years older than me. They lived the neighbouring prefecture, but we met up every holiday. Mum loved them as much as she loved me, but sadly as we grew up, we saw less and less of each other. I hadn’t seen them over 20 years until I saw them this summer.
They both came to visit me while I was staying with my father. We shared mum’s handwork for her memory.
Mum used to help me with projects for home economics class. Sometimes, she would be carried away and end up finishing it all by herself.She did that for my cousins, too. One of my cousins said that her homework (done by Mum) was so very well received by teachers and was displayed in the sports hall! My boys found this very amusing and we all had a good laugh.
My cousins took crochet home and decorated their houses with them. They sent me these photos.
The crochet looks perfect in this room.
Some of the smaller pieces are framed. My cousins have done fantastic work themselves, adding their personal touch. They look great together with other items around them.
Mum would have loved these.
I didn’t take her crochet but I have inherited all her needles and hooks. I also have these.
I made the dolls as portraits of my boys when they were little. Mum dressed them in her sewing and knitting. Her stitches are so nice and even. Very neat!
I hope I can create something that my family will treasure forever.