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Friday, April 26, 2019

More Knitting and Family Heirlooms

 As you can see, making good headway on my latest shawl.  However, in the picture it looks like shades of blue, when in fact it's shades of gray and even when I tried to edit the picture, couldn't get the color right.  Why does that happen?  As I look back at the previous post where this was barely started, it also looked more blue than gray.  I've not had to rip out and start over as I did when I made the pink-green one, so am pleased it's going much quicker.  I really love the shape of the shawl and plan to make several more, so stay tuned.  Just about half way in this picture, though took it two days ago, so am further along.
 What to keep and what to part with?  This clock is not in working order, and I don't know how costly it would be to fix it.  I also don't know how long it's been since it did work.  I wonder if anyone in the family knows.  We're getting down to the wire for a tag sale at my Dad's place.  On one hand I feel like we should keep things, but then our already over full house would end up like my Dad's....too full of stuff to get rid of.  This clock apparently belonged to my Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather.  I think perhaps it was a wedding present; but ...maybe it will bring a good price at the tag sale?  It's something my folks have had for a long time, but I don't think they got it from Granny, I think one of her daughters had it for years, then my folks.  I don't know for certain.  But, you just can't keep everything, or all you would be doing is moving stuff from one house to another, compounding the quantity of stuff.
How does one take a picture without getting a reflection when glass is involved?  You saw this family doily in the previous post, but now I have if framed in a shadow box.  I hope my older brother likes it.  Think it will look nice on his mantel.  This might have been made by Granny (owner of above clock?), or one of her daughters, Great Aunt Irene who I know did some other stitch work.  Sure wish we knew whom.

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  1. Sorting through family things can be hard - I have done it a few times. And when we lived in our 2200 square foot townhouse, we were able to keep a lot because I couldn't part with it. But over time the clutter (and everything is clutter if you have too much) made for stress in my life. So I started to get rid of things. Then we decided to move into a smaller condo and we had no choice but to downsize. In the end I kept my mom's cedar chest that was HER grandmother's - old and beat up but special - and a small maple desk I had as a child - not special but meaningful to me. I kept a rocker mom had - not special or meaningful but useful in our bedroom. You will work it all out eventually.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and your insight. You're right it becomes clutter and adds to stress. My fear is that if I keep it, I will have to re-visit it all over again. Unless I change my mind between now and Monday am, not going to keep the clock.

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  2. Sometimes it can be hard to part with things that have been in the family for so long, but then is feeling like one should keep them for the sake of keeping them the right way to go?

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    1. Exactly Pat. I've been back and forth on this and have decided, keeping them just because is not the route I want to go. Once we finish with this at Dad's house, we need to start more purging here. Too much stuff.

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  3. The shawl's looking lovely. My parents downsized back in 2011 and they got rid of loads of stuff so it definitely won't be as hard wondering what to get rid of and what to keep as it would have been if they'd stayed where they were. I shall have to go through my mum's stuff with my dad soon, which will be hard, but I think the worst thing is when you're actually clearing out the house.

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    1. Glad your folks did that Jo. It's something I think folks just don't think about. My dad lived in that house for over 50 years, so you really do accumulate a lot of stuff.

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  4. Love seeing your knitting! Pretty color! I do hope your brother likes that beautiful doily. It's wonderful! A precious heirloom!

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    1. Thank you Margaret. He was very happy with it and has it hung over his mantel at home.

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  5. That blue-ish gray shawl will go very nicely with all different colors.

    Cheers, Sandy.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Robyn, much appreciated. The shawl is a great multi-purpose color. I may have to make myself one sometime.

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  6. It is so hard to sort through things. I've kept a few things that really remind me of someone, but I do try to stay on top of clutter.

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    1. Right you are Toni, trying to stay ahead of the clutter is a real challenge. Now that I've added to my house, I need to start doing here what I did at my Dad's house. Eventually.

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