Friday, March 11, 2011

Grandma

My grandma died last night, after a day filled with her favorite activities: shopping and going out for lunch. She got home, and her heart stopped. She was 88 (mom, correct me if she wasn't 88).

As a tribute to Grandma Snapper, I've created a flickr set of just a few of the pairs of socks I've knit for her over the past few years: Grandma Socks. No matter how busy I've been, Grandma has received a handknit pair of socks every Mother's Day and every Christmas since I was able to knit socks. Every time I saw her, she would explain that she deliberately walked around her retirement community shoeless, fishing for compliments on the socks. I'm certain that if the compliments were not forthcoming, she actively drew attention to the socks.

When I published Craft Work Knit in September, I gave Grandma a copy. Wait, no, she INSISTED on paying for a copy and put a check in the mail. Again, I'm fairly certain she used her socks to lure her friends and neighbors into her apartment to show it off.

Grandma was an elementary school teacher, in the family tradition. She had a long, fabulous life. I miss her already.

28 comments:

Bonnie said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Taloferia said...

I am so sorry to hear this, Ann. It sounds like you had a beautiful relationship with her. I'm so glad that her last day was filled with things she loves.

Elizabeth said...

Hugs for you, Ann.
I love the socks story. I always knit socks for my Mom for her birthday and this year I thought maybe I wouldn't have time but now that I've read this, I said to myself, "Of course I'm making the socks!"

Mary Lou said...

How lucky you were to have your grandmother for so long. Sorry for your loss.

Elsabeth said...

I'm very sorry for your loss - she sounds like she was a fun lady. I have two wonderful grandmothers still with me, and I'm going to give both of them a call today.

vivian said...

I am very sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was an awesome lady.

rach said...

I'm really sorry to hear about that. It sounds like she was a spunky old lady who liked being alive.

Aline said...

My sympathies to you and your family.

Davitron said...

I'm so so so sorry to hear about your loss. My grandmother is in poor health these days and i fear this news on a daily basis. All my love to your family.

the flickr set is a beautiful reminder, she had some lucky feed!

Ms C said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was a very lovely lady

Andrea said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Ann. I know how difficult it can be to loose such a wonderful grandma.

Kelly-ann said...

I am so sorry for your loss Ann - it sounds like she was so supportive of you. What more could you ask for in a grandmother. Take care.

K. Dolan said...

so sorry for your loss. that was so sweet of you to knit socks for her twice a year. you've encouraged me to keep up with all the knitted gifts i've been making :)

meg said...

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful grandmother. Cherish your memories of her. I am sure whenever you knit socks you will be thinking of her.

Sonia said...

I'm sorry...
Your grand mother seems to have lived a wonderful life filled with the love of her familly.

Erin_in_Boston said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I love how you started by saying how she spent her day doing the things that made her happy. What a send off. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Bridget said...

Ann, I'm so sorry to hear this news, though it sounds like she left the world peacefully.

I'm jealous of you, though - all of my grandparents were already dead by the time I was born, I feel like I really missed out.

choo choo knits said...

Ann, my thoughts are with you and your family. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy. Xoxo

Amy said...

I'm so glad she enjoyed her life right to the end, and that she unabashedly expressed her pride in you. (Having had a grandma who championed your creativity is a real gift, and one I treasure, myself. My maternal grandmother died this past year-- a very talented woman.) I'll be thinking about you and the rest of Team Weaver.

Joan said...

So sorry, Ann. Grandma sounds like she was a wonderful lady. Thoughts are with you and your family.

Kim said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandma. Sounds like she was a wonderful woman who appreciated handknits. Hugs to you & your family.

Geek Knitter said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Remember the good times, like the pride she took in all of those socks. May any tears help to wash away the sorrows.

Rainy Daisy said...

She sounds just amazing. I hope you're doing all right.

Knittymama said...

I'm so sorry to read this, it's so hard to lose someone so loved. Sounds like you have great memories!

Yvette said...

What a lovely tribute to an obviously special lady.

Ann Smith said...

Our thoughts are with you and your family - Grandmas are very special people.

greenearth50 said...

I am truly sorry for your loss. Your grandmother must be a special person in your heart.

craftivore said...

Sorry about your Grandma. xoxo