Posts Tagged ‘grannymo’

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quilt o’ the day

25 March 2010

Last time I stayed at my father’s house I slept under this beauty. It is completely hand-pieced and hand-quilted. I can only hope to make something like it someday.

In other news, please think good thoughts for my Grannymo, who is recuperating in the hospital right now.

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Mrs. Vernon Lucille Pewitt Herb, my Grannymo

9 August 2008

She was born in 1918, and the nine siblings who came afterwards looked up to her. She went away to nursing school, and when she graduated in 1939, she was the president of her class.

Later on, she married this man, John B. Herb.

Together, they had seven children. There were six daughters, of which my mother was the second youngest, and one son. The family lived in this house, on Essex Place in Nashville, Tennessee.

John diedĀ of lung cancerĀ in 1963, when their youngest child was only three. After his death, my Grannymo worked full time as a nurse to support the family. All of her children married and had children of their own; she has nineteen grandchildren. Now, the great-grandchildren are coming along.

One day, my aunt mentioned to me that Grannymo might like to have an afghan. And that her 90th birthday was coming up. So, I set to work. Three months later:

I’m hoping that she’ll enjoy it, maybe use it when she’s doing her crossword puzzles or watching the news. I hope it lasts a long time, and none of the caregivers wash it with bleach! Mostly, though, I hope she knows I made it because I love her. And selfishly, I hope that she was right when she said, “Whenever I use it, I’ll think of you.” Because now, whenever I make another blanket, I’ll think of the first one that I ever made, this one, for my Grannymo.

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how to build a better photo

2 August 2008

I’ve got a lovely digital camera (thanks, Dad!), but since I haven’t taken the trouble to learn to use it properly, my photographs are mediocre at best and often downright terrible. Now that I have this blog, I’d really like to improve my photography skills. Luckily, I have Ravelry; more specifically, the Photography Assignment series on the Yarnographers board. Their series of seven “assignments” is designed to help people like me take better pictures. Perfect!

So, here’s a “before” shot of my closet:Just as a disclaimer: I didn’t alter this photo in any way (I didn’t even crop it). What I like: the color is pretty accurate. What I really hate: it’s extremely blurry, like all of my photos.

After I’ve done the assignments, I’ll take the same photo again, and see if I’ve made any progress!

Also, thanks so much for the comments on the bathmat and blanket! They really made me happy. I’m going to deliver the blanket when I go see my Grannymo this week, and I’ll certainly take a photo of the blanket with its lovely recipient!