Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Like Grammy

I had many fun little blessings while our Nevada daughter and some of the children were here last month.  One very unexpected one came by way of something that Emily brought along.  You can see a scan of it above -- yes, one of those woven potholders that kids make using that classic square loom.  Just look at those vibrant colors and how carefully planned the design is.  This potholder is made with the nicer cotton jersey loops, not those rather flimsy ones that are nylon or something.  Emily brought this one for me, and one for Aunt Carrie.  Carrie's is in cooler shades of blue and green and is also very pretty.

But the most fun for me is the why of Emily bringing along these handmade potholders.  It was much more than just a thoughtful gift for her grandmother and aunt.

You see, the last few times we've visited Nevada, I've brought along a bunch of these crocheted scalloped potholders or hot mats to use as hostess gifts for people we stay with or families who invite us over for a meal.  This has worked out very well.  Sometimes my daughter has an idea as to the color of someone's kitchen or their favorite color, but pretty much every kitchen can utilize something like this for one purpose or another.
As I've said many times, these are so easy to make that I've memorized the pattern and can work on them in small increments of time.  (For those who may be interested in the pattern, you can find it here: Scalloped Potholder.    I will warn you, though,  that making these, trying out different color combinations with the cotton yarn, is somewhat addictive.)  Below are the two most recent I've completed:

But back to Emily.  When she handed out her handmade potholders to Carrie and me,  I was surprised and so blessed when Joanna explained, "She wanted to be like Grammy and bring potholders for a hostess gift."  So sweet!  I love it and just had to share that blessing with my readers!


  1. I am impressed that you are passing along your love of crafting to your granddaughter. So far none of mine are interested. I hope that will change one of these days.

    1. I hope so too, Arlene! I have taught my older teenage granddaughters the basics of cross stitch, embroidery and sewing and a little bit of crochet. Although they haven't used these skills lately, I'm sure they won't forget them and someday are likely to pick them up again.

      Emily (11) and Julia (13) both like crafts and I have taught them a bit, as have their moms and Emily's other grandmother -- who has taught her to sew and embroider.

  2. Awww...that is sweet! Yes, I can see the pattern on Emily’s potholder. I remember doing those as a girl, but none so nice as that. I do love my pretty yellow scalloped potholder. I am giving away the mixer, but I am keeping the potholder. I might need some hand project for those three plus hours when I am tethered up.

    1. Isn't it sweet, Vee? I didn't really notice the careful pattern on that potholder until I scanned it. Then it popped out clearly. Yes, I made those as a girl too, but my patterns were not that complex.

      Oh I am glad you still enjoy the yellow scalloped potholder. Just let me know if you'd like a copy of the pattern. I hope that you *are* able to do some hand project while tethered up. I admire you, Vee.


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