When I was visiting my grandparents last week, I was lucky enough to be the receiver of some very wonderful things from my grandmother.
She gave me some homemade herbal tea, seasoning mix, and jam. The BEST in the world, by the way.
She gave me quite a few books.
I think these 2 are the coolest. The Victorian Crochet is a compilation of small newspaper type booklets that were published around beginning of the 19th century. And, the Star Wars is just self explanatory coolness.
She gave me quite a bit of yarn.
And, best of all, she gave me 40 squares that she crocheted. She told me that she couldn't remember the last time she worked on them, and had plenty of yarn to finish the project. I was so happy that she wanted to give them to me!
I think they are beautiful, and I can imagine the finished afghan in my living room.
My grandmother is a left-handed lady, so she crochets left handed. Growing up I was not able to 'read' her work and make a pattern from it because I wasn't able to grasp how it looked being produced by a left-hander. Since then, I have taught my daughter to crochet, and funnily enough she is left handed. So, in teacher her I had to teach myself to crochet left handed to better teach her (it was very hard to show her mirror image, facing each other).
Long story short, now I can read the pattern from a left-handed crocheter. It's still kinda tricky, but do-able.
I am planning to post the pattern, with photos, soon!