When we cleaned out my grandparents' house, I came home with a reusable grocery bag full of Grandma's knitting supplies. I went through them, made a list of everything that was there and sent it to my relatives who knit. No one wanted anything, and the bag sat in the guest room for two years.
Sweaters are fashion news!
There are a lot of '70s patterns. The picture below comes from a sweater with a train along the bottom of it. I want to warn this poor girl. Clearly, immediately after this photo was taken, the puppet came to life and attacked her. I wonder if she survived.
"Mom! Look at this great doll this strange, muttering woman gave me on the street!
She gave me some extra-crunchy candy, too!"
I decided to look for a small, vintage suitcase that I could leave open and display the supplies. When we were with some friends, I told them my plan. My friend left the room and came back with two small suitcases. They had belonged to her Gram, and I took the larger one home to see if it would work.
Look at those flowers! Gram clearly had awesome fashion sense.
I'd carry that suitcase in a heartbeat.
I'm happy to have this stuff out where I can see it. I may never knit any of these patterns, but a) I love having my grandma's things in a suitcase that belonged to my friend's grandma; it feels like a nice way to honor them, b) even if I don't use this stuff, I love having Grandma's knitting things displayed among my own, and c) I have a much better chance of using some of these if they're where I can actually get to them easily.