Nadie is always telling me ” I hope you’ve written all this down” when I show her some piece of family memorabilia, and yes, a lot of it is labelled as to what and who … but some isn’t
and it occurred to me that the blog represents an excellent way of documenting some of this ‘stuff’ [ and hopefully some of you will find it interesting in some way ]
so I’m starting with something that has absolutely no commercial value whatsoever
More years ago than I’m prepared to own up to here, my mother made several pairs of these bootees, each pair in a marginally different size, for her firstborn – which would be moi – to wear home from the hospital as a newborn. These were the smallest pair she made, on UK size 14 or 15 needles [ I forget now what she said – see the importance of writing this stuff down ? ] which would be 1.75mm or 2mm. Ridiculously small.
Your average newborn bootee is about 3 1/2″ long. These measure just over 2″, and apparently they fell off me. I weighed just over 5 pounds so it’s understandable.
Over the ensuing years Mum and [ or so I believe ] the Aunts, used the same pattern over and over to make bootees for my brother and cousins as they arrived, although never again was a pair quite as small as these.
In the fullness of time, and because Mum would’ve had a pink fit if I didn’t, I used the same pattern for the bootees that my babes wore home from hospital
and then somehow Mum’s ‘family tradition’ skipped my mind when I was knitting for the arrival of #1 grandson.
On the morning after he arrived, it suddenly surfaced into what is laughingly referred to as my brain, and some serious and frantic rummaging in the keepsake boxes ensued. All I can say is thank goodness my mother trained me up well in the ways of keeping everything, because, as a consequence of that early training, Master Riley David was able to go home from hospital in the same pair of these bootees that his father, uncle, and aunt, had worn so many years before.
and, just in case anyone ever needs it, I do still have that battered, much-mended old pattern book.