Monday, August 17, 2009

Heirloom Crochet

These past two weeks have been kind of crazy for two reasons. One: I've made several small thing in rush mode because I needed to get them to people so I didn't even get pictures (some coffee cup sleeves and some tiny ami's for a sweet, sweet baby). Two: I've been spending some time with my family and my in-laws this past week.

Normally when we go on the big summer trip down there I get a ton of crocheting done, but this time we were flat out BUSY! We didn't get to do one big get-together with everyone, so Andy and I went all over to see his brother here and my sister there. I am glad we got to see everyone, but kind of bummed that I didn't get my relaxing craft time.

The last day we were there, my mother-in-law called me into the living room and said she had something for me. Andy's parents are in the process of moving in with his grandmother to help take care of her, so they've been giving out a lot of stuff, but to their children. So I was a little baffled when she wanted to give me something. I was even more so when she pulled out this bag. Andy and his siblings get cool old books and furniture and I get... the trash? Well, actually I was afraid it was a bag of baby clothes for a not-so-subtle hint that we needed to get the show on the road. Luckily it was neither. What is inside the bag is priceless.

It is a crochet project that Andy's (other) grandmother was working on before she died. It is tiny and beautiful and I am honored that they wanted to give it to me. Granted, no one else in the family crochets, but I still feel special. There are at least a hundred of the squares done and a ton of the yarn to do more. I didn't find any directions, but after looking at it for a few minutes, I think I've got it figured out - all except for the center of the square. I have so. many. crochet books that surely it is in one of them. No one was sure what she was making - bedspread, tablecloth, couch cover - so I'm excited that I get to decide! I have never worked on something so fine before, I'll probably have to go buy those teeny tiny hooks because I don't think I have any. Now that school is starting up (this week!! ack!!) I don't know how quickly I'll work, but I'll keep updates going. What an awesome challenge for me!

Look how tiny those stitches are!!

I have to add the fact that I LOVE the macro function on my camera. I mean seriously - click on that picture - you can see the freaking pixels of the fake-o wood on the crappy desk!! Wow!