Clothing · Vintage · Wedding

Alice’s Suitcase

Alice was a wonderful woman. She was my father’s mother, and she had the kindest heart and soul. She would have gladly given the clothes off her back to help someone in need. She met my grandfather, Jerry, in 1951 on a blind date. At the time, she was training to become a nurse, and he had just been drafted in the army and was sent to Indiana. He wrote Alice many letters, one of which was addressed to Alice’s parents asking their permission to marry her. Through this correspondence, they planned a wedding and when he returned home, they got married in 1952. Alice and Jerry were married for over 53 years when Alice passed away from an aggressive form of Lupis. A few years later, Jerry followed her.

After they were married, they lived with Jerry’s parents for a while before moving into University housing and then to a rental house near the site of their future home that was being built. After their third child was born, they moved into their new home and spent the rest of their lives together in, what the family calls, the red house (due to the paint color). Now that they are gone, the family is left to go through memories and reminisce of times past. While going through some of my grandmother’s things, they found this suitcase and some of the following: 2 evening clutches, 2 hats, and one handkerchief which is thought to have belonged to Alice’s mother before her. Along with these, a Singer Dress Marker, and a black cocktail dress with a matching belt were found.

 

When they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, their original wedding attire was put on dressforms and displayed for guests. Below my grandmother’s wedding dress were her shoes, which were turned into a silk flower arrangement. I have those shoes now, and every time I look at them, I am reminded of the day she wore them, and how excited and happy she must have been.

So this is for you, grandmother and grandfather. Where ever you are, I hope you are happy, and I hope you are together. ^_^

Knitting

Moving Along

So the past few weeks have been really crazy.  My boyfriend and I have just moved into an apt and we’ve been really busy trying to get everything packed and moved.  We’re just about all set up now.  We have internet access anyway, and that’s the most important!  So anyway, here’s a sneak peak at my new home.

This is the Kitchen looking into my “Craft Room” or “Office” as I call it when Matt’s around.  😉

MY Kitchen

My lovely knit hats hanging on the back of the Craft Room door.  From left to right: Fair Isle hat in Ultra Alpacca, Rolled Brim hat in Ultra Tweed, Cable Rimmed hat in Blue Moon yarn, Ribbed Lace hat in Dream in Color Classy, and my very own pattern and homespun, Shetland in Sea Mist.

I’ve been practicing on my beading as well with these “One of a Kind” stitch markers. . . 😉

And here is my Noro Stash that I am making my Entrelac Shawl with.  It called for 15 skeins, I have about 2 3/4 skeins in it so far. . .don’t think I’m going to use all 15.

And so that’s what I have been up to lately.  I have also started a wonderful sock pattern from Ravelry out of Happy Feet.  It’s so gorgeous and fun to knit!  I can’t wait to get these ones done!  Not much to report on the spinning front, though I will be going to another fiber sale on the 19th!  More fiber posts to come, I promise!

 

Knitting

Not much goin’ on. . .

Well, not much has been going on lately.  I’ve been busy with work.  I have another quilt on the gammill though.  It’s from Arrin Turnmire’s Chutes and Ladders collection.

Quilt

And a close up. . .

Quilt 2

I also started the Goomba Hat pattern from a ravelryer. . .raveler. . .however you want to say it.  I only have the ribbing half way done so far though.

Goomba Hat Rib

I also started another fair isle hat with some Ultra Alpaca yarn.  Mmmm. . . I love the stitch markers too.  It makes it look so much prettier.

Fair Isle Hat

Stitch Marker