Friday, February 22, 2008

Grandma Clara's New Toy

A few weeks ago, I took Grandma Clara to a local craft bazaar. She saw a crochet'd flower potholder/hotpad that she took a fancy to. After a short search online, I found a similar pattern and Grandma Clara went to work. She's cranked out one every day or so since then and seems to have found a way to use up fortythousand skeins of Redheart she has stashed away. I bet I know what everyone's getting for Christmas next year.



Then, last weekend, she saw an ad on TV for "a new cutting machine...you just push a button....it's called a cricket".....so I searched online to find out what she was talking about. I thought it might be a bit too technical for her...but she absolutely insisted on getting one. I heard about it daily...sometimes two times a day...and finally stopped at JoAnns on the way home from work last night to pick it up for her. Expensive as all get out....but if you've been reading for any length of time, you know that Grandma Clara spends a lot of her time creating handmade greeting cards. They are very very creative and are little treasured works of art! She felt that this would add to her craft. Today we spent a couple of hours playing with the machine. I think she has her mind wrapped around it pretty well....





See what I mean! All in all, I guess if you are 86 years old and want to buy yourself a new toy and have the means to do so.....go for it ;0 Knit on!

16 comments:

smariek said...

Wow, that's one fancy paper cutter! I bet she's having lots of fun with it.

Arctic Knitter said...

Go Grandma Clara! :0)

Minnie~Knits said...

I am totally loving the fact that Grandma Clara is more technically advanced than I'll ever hope to be!
I love card making. I spent a bazillion dollars on supplies a few years back, and then I picked up knitting again...

aksunflour said...

Wow! that is a fancy machine.
The flowerpot doodads are really cute.

CatBookMom said...

Go, Grannie, Go!

Those potholder daisy things are amazing. NOW I know where they come from; a while back a bag of yarn donated to my seniors had a couple of those in them. They were so pretty that I spent quite a while trying to figure out how to make them, without success.

Grace Yaskovic said...

Tell Grandma Clara I love the potholders, they are gorgeous, I love my towel from her, it washes up and still looks new

I want to be her when I grow up

amyksmith said...

Thank you for posting this. I adore the photos of Grandma Clara working at a machine that, as someone else already posted, I would never have the patience to figure out.

I too want to be Grandma Clara when I grow up.

Anonymous said...

That is amazing! I too want to be like her when I grow up - artistically an impossibility, but her spunk, maybe...

Marta

Tara said...

Sounds like big fun at Grandma Clara's house! I hope when I'm 86 that I'll have a granddaughter who'll indulge my persistent crafting desires. I love all the pictures of her playing with her new toy. Looks like fun was had by all.

Joan said...

Those Cricuts are the hottest thing for scrapbooking (& I am so glad I am past that faze). CG looks amazing at her high-tech project!! Big gold star for grandaughter Lisa!

Her crochet projects are amazing too. Such energy, she has. And talent. ;-}

TracyKM said...

It cut out those little shapes? That's like a CNC machine for crafters!
Can you post a link for the potholders?

junior_goddess said...

oh crap, where's my comment?

I think it's worth 3X the price for keeping her happy and focused, but I hope you had a coupon.

Aim said...

Hee, she is one busy granny! And I'm loving the potholders :)

Laura Jane said...

Gorgeous crochet.

Gorgeous cricket thingy - it does look expensive, but it also looks WICKED in function!

Go Granny Clara go!

And two thumbs waaaaay up for Lisa too! Her partner in (not very crime-y) crime.

I miss my Nanna :( She was 89 when she died and we would have had heaps of fun together with all the craft I'm doing now. Except she was 65 years older than me, so would a hundred and a gazillion by now.

Connie said...

Grandma Clara looks like she is having so much fun with that new gadget!

I'd love the pattern name of that pot holder or a link?

I'm conicuts on Ravelry...

hakucho said...

You are such a wonderful granddaughter enabling you dear Grandma. She looks so happy...good for her..I'm very impressed. Most of the older people I know would run the other way when it comes to the new technology. Can't wait to see what she creates with her new machine :)

I also love her flower hot pads...they are of a very interesting construction :)

happy knitting :)