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These Hands

The stories they could tell throughout the years.

In high school they excelled at typing and shorthand – skills that led her to secretarial work – in a law office, for the California Highway Patrol, in the guidance counselor’s office at Mom’s high school.

During World War II, as a young bride they wrote letters to my grandfather when he was a Navy Seabee in the Pacific.

They learned to knit at a Sear’s class with her neighbor and best friend, Velma.

They knit and crocheted incredible items for everyone in the family.

They tended her backyard garden – strawberries, raspberries, spinach, the huge avocado tree…

In 1997, they taught me to knit.

In 1999, they learned to use email as a way to communicate with family and friends as an alternative to her faithful letter writing.

These days her hands aren’t nearly as busy as they used to be. They can often be found petting the kitties.

These days her hands are rather Fetching, don’t you think?

What do you give a 92 year old Grandma who doesn’t need much these days? Some rather fetching handwarmers to keep warm the hands that have done so much for so many.

This was a last minute knit decision – so much fun! More of these will be knit for me & others in the near future. This pair – Koigu Kersti from the stash. The colors seem vintage to me – a great choice for a great lady!



  1. I have seen these throughout blogland. Your story touched me the most. Our hands are amazing, you said it perfectly!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Amy, what a wonderful post! It brought a tear to my eye. I lost my dear Nana this year, but reading your tribute to your grandmother brought back some lovely memories. Thank you, and enjoy every moment with her. 🙂

  3. What a lovely tribute to hands, and to your grandmother, Amy. Thank you from me, too!

  4. Hands definitely tell the story. I believe hands are the heart of the soul. Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could find yours!!

  5. What a lovely post! My grandmother taught me to knit, too. She’s gone now, but I imagine she’d get a big kick out of me knitting again.

    Have a great 2007!

  6. Beautiful! The post and your grandmother. She surely doesn’t look 92.

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