Knitted Memories

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Lauren's story is about visiting her gran when she was younger, how she used to knit blankets and bears for International Aid and how her stories have shaped her life.

By Lauren Wilkinson

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I visited my gran a lot when she was alive as she only lived a few streets away from me. Whenever I visited her house she was always knitting something. The usual thing was knitting woollen blankets that would be taken to poverty stricken families all over the world. While she knitted she told me stories about her life, especially her childhood. Such things as what going to school was like for her and about growing up during the Second World War, which I feel is the main reason for my interest in history today. She also taught me to knit and I remember one year she helped me knit a little red Christmas stocking for my pet rabbit.

About five years ago the need for blankets wasn't so great anymore so she decided to make knitted teddy bears instead. These bears where about twenty centimetres tall and each one had a different coloured knitted top, trousers and scarf. She used the scarf to hide the joining stitches between the head and the body of the bear. These bears, when completed, where placed in a row along the bed in her spare room before being taken to the International Aid office to be shipped to other countries. When she died two and a half years ago we went in to the spare room and found that some of the bears were left over; so my mam, brother and myself took one to keep in our own rooms.

It is nice to think that my gran's knitted bears are not only with my family but with other families and children all over the world!

Lauren's story is about visiting her gran when she was younger, how she used to knit blankets and bears for International Aid and how her stories have shaped her life. Posted on 16/12/2010 at 01:53:44

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