With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: My Grandmother's Crochet Hooks

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Grandmother's Crochet Hooks

Though I never met my mom's mother (she passed away in 1950), I cherish these crochet hooks that were once hers.  Not sure how this mom of eleven children found time but I know she enjoyed working with her hands.  I still have a few tiny pieces she created using these hooks. 
The crocheted collar in the photos is a piece done by my mom when she was first married in the 1945.
She was taught by my grandmother using these hooks and went on to perfect her skill by making innumerable hats, sweaters, booties, doilies and other decorative items for her family and home.
The tiniest hooks used for the most delicate work.
I used one of these hooks to crochet tiny hearts for Valentine's Day.

24 comments:

Neicee said...

Thank you for sharing and thank you for stopping by my blog..I also have some of my grandmothers hooks and I cherish them!

NanaDiana said...

I think that must have been one of their few "escapes"..when they could sit and dream and work the desires of their heart into the pieces they made. I'm sure it was a time to shed a few silent tears for life's disappointments or to smile over some little remembered piece of childhood.

I have a few pieces from my grandmother too...and several tatted pieces made by her little shuttle..and I still have the shuttle with a bit of uncompleted work hanging from it. Such special treasures....hugs-Diana

Olga said...

Beautiful post and fantastic photos! Last summer, I bought a bunch of crochet hooks at a yard sale for one dollar. A few of them were a bit rusty. Perhaps, those hooks also belonged to someone's grandma.

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Amazing! What a lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing:)

Mildred said...

What a precious post Lorraine. I never learned to crochet but spent many hours watching two elderly sisters (neighbors) when I was little crochet many keepsakes. Hope you and your family have a nice weekend.

Lady Farmer said...

What treasures!I have my grandmother's crochet hooks, also, and some of her crochet work. I will cherish them always ~ and then my daughters may enjoy them!
And you have displayed them so beautifully!
Blessings!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I love heirlooms. This is lovely! You have a great blog. I am hosting a giveaway on my blog...hope to see you there:-) hugs Anu

La Vie Quotidienne said...

My grandmother did a lot of needlework too and I still have a couple of thw things she did...but none of her tools. I love to crochet...in fact I am working on an afaghan right now... and it really would be fun to have some of her hooks, you are quite lucky! Beautifully photographed post.

Maggie Ann said...

How nice that you vallue those crochet hooks as you do. I love things that have been used by family before me too. My Mother used to save the string the butcher tied up groceries with and taught herself to crochet with it early in the morinings before her little family awoke. My Aunt taught me how to crochet granny squares years ago. It seemed so very special to do.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I adore your sweet display. You have such a gift of making everything in your life extra special.

Julie said...

How special this is! I don't know that I have anything from either of my grandmothers.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh yes, yes indeed. I have my mother's hooks still. What I'd like to know is....just how the heck these women from our past ever got anything crocheted with such small hooks!!!

Lovely setting you've shared...you made your photos look so wonderful.


My show n tell link: My latest art sketch

http://hootin--anni.blogspot.com/2011/02/hes-there-inside-your-mind.html

Hope you can find time to stop by. Have a wonderful weekend.

Carol said...

Lorraine, that is a gorgeous photo, I love the sentiment of the hooks, and how that talent has passed through the generations! Really lovely!

Lisa said...

Hello, thank you for such a touching idea. I have my grandmothers hooks and many of the scarves that she made before she passed away. I don't crochet so this would be a wonderful way to "use" them. I plan to do this also. Thanks for sharing. Lisa

Ms. Bake-it said...

Fabulous photos Lorraine! I was chatting with my friend Kimberly this morning about this very subject and ways I would like to incorporate my grandmother's crocheted collars into some sewing projects her MIL is going to do for me. I love the vignette you created with your grandmother’s hooks and mother’s crocheted collar. It reminds me so much of my grandmother and I may have to copy it. She loved violets and I still have some of hers. I may have to copy your vignette. It would definitely bring a smile to my heart every time I looked at it.

~ Tracy

Adrienne said...

I have my grandmother's crochet hooks, too. Love what you've done with yours. What a special treasure!
~Adrienne~

Tara said...

That is so cool. Love the way you've displayed too.
Happy Friday,
tara

Ann said...

What a great little treasure that is. I remember how crafty my grandmother was, she was always making something. Hmm, must be where I get it from huh? :)

kluless said...

What a lovely momento and you did a beautiful job photographing them!

Willy said...

Nice pictures.

corners of my life said...

Eleven children?? Amazing!
How lucky you area to have these since you treasure them so.

Karen said...

My dear 'Miss Nora' crocheted pieces like the ones you pictured. So delicate! You have a gift for creating a beautiful display. Have a great weekend! (Snowing again in Indiana!)

Sherry said...

I love crochet and I too have hooks an pieces made by my grandmothers and my mom. Thanks for the link to the heart tutorial. I will be bussying my hands with a few of those today. I came to visit from Show and Tell Friday. I am glad to have found your blog and am now a follower.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Amazing that you still have them all to this day. Seeing crochet hooks makes me think of my own mom and her time spent crocheting when I was young. She still does to this day and she's 95 now.
Liz

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