Last week, a visit was paid to my Auntie.
95 years old. Lives by herself. On the couch is everything she needs to keep busy during the day. A book, TV remote, a radio, a mini-bar bell, pattern book, polyfill, a crocheted penguin in progress.
Yes, Auntie is one of us--a needlecrafter.
A very, very talented one.
Look at this colorful golfer:
Aren't those toys amazing?!
Most of them aren't made with anybody in mind. Auntie is making the toys for the sheer joy and pleasure of doing so. Hands are busy. Working crochet hooks and knitting needles provide a soothing rhythm. A challenge in the pattern gives the brain a work-out. The finished product makes us smile and marvel.
Isn't this why we all pick up needles?
Auntie is also one of the most stylish women I've ever known. Her style was always expressed in little details--a ruffle, chic gloves, a hat worn just so. Please notice the ribbon around her neck in this photo:
Auntie was not expecting company that day--this was her hanging out at home outfit. But, look how she added a jaunty ribbon and brought a bit of style to a blouse and shorts.
A remarkable, kind, joyful, talented woman.
So what kind of a stash does a 95 year old have?