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« on: October 17, 2011 05:31:53 PM »

I was recently gifted with an heirloom basket with an unfinished project my late Oma (German for Grandmother) had started while she was sick and in Chemo. I hope to take her unfinished project with her knitting needles and put them in a memento shadow box in memory of her.

My question that I pose to my fellow knitters and crocheters:

Also inside of this basket that I received of my Oma's was a large ball of magenta mohair fingering yarn. I wanted to make a little memento with this yarn for all of the women in my family, but I am not sure of what to make. I only have a limited amount of yarn, and 7 women to make mementos for.

Can anyone think of something that would be just as special as the person who passed it down to me?

Thank you all for your help!


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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011 06:32:56 PM »

Was this unfinished project made form this magenta mohair? If so I would suggest finished the project as that would be a great honour to her memory as a knitter's aim and a finished project, but that's only my view. As for 7 gifts from a small amount of fingering mohair, I'm stumped. I can only come with with a mug cosy, but that's better suited for worsted weight and fingering mohair screams shawl to me. Sorry I can help much and sorry for the loss of your Oma.

« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2011 10:28:27 PM »

I agree on trying to finish the project. A finished product can bring much comfort knowing a loved one made it.

As for small gifts - I would think something symbolic like a little crochet or knitted heart would be nice.

I found a link here http://planetmfiles.com/2010/01/26/free-crochet-heart-pattern/ and here http://mochimochiland.com/2007/02/free-pattern-hearts/

I am sorry for your loss. Good luck!
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011 04:19:18 AM »

My Oma had used all the yarn she had of the started project, and it was used with a different yarn than the mohair. The only thing I could really do is cast it off the needle...and I think with the needles and project attached would make a good personal memento in a shadow box of some sort.

The idea of a little heart is a good start. Maybe in a nice small picture frame with a nice matte background?

All your help is appreciated!


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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2011 03:57:10 AM »

Mounting her knitting in a shadow box is a lovely idea, and I hope she passed peacefully.

Do you know what she bought the magenta yarn for? It might be nice if you you could make something related. Otherwise, perhaps something which will be looked at / used regularly, like a beaded table decoration or lacy cushion covers? You could combine it with other special yarns for something larger or freeform, like miniature wall hangings or narrow scarves.

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2011 06:17:50 AM »

as you have 7 people to make momentos for perhaps flowers or something? attach a broach back to each one/cluster and it's something that can be worn, or kept or whatever the recipient prefers
if you know you Oma's fave flowers you could make that type of flower
(for instance my Nana was called Lillian and loved daisies, so Lillies and Daisies remind me of her)

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2011 08:51:57 AM »

I love your idea of making a little momento from your grandmother, I think it would be great to make a small heart, either flat or 3D depending on how big you will make it or how much yarn you have. I haven't made a flat heart but I did make a 3D heart and it was very easy and came out adorably.
Here is the pattern: http://www.pepika.com/free-patterns/crochet-heart.html
Mine came out at about the length of my thumb, thickness of a quarter of my thumb and the height of half my thumb, I have no ruler and can't understand the yarn (it's printed in Dutch but it was fairly thin.
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