I come from a family that includes woodworkers, wine-makers, knitters, crocheters, quilters, embroiderers, cooks, farmers, gardeners, bakers and I’m sure more. None of them crafted for a living. They always used these talents as a creative outlet, a way to pass the time, or most importantly, a way to save money.
Today, I wanted to share one of my maternal great-grandmother’s amazing crafts. This is probably the most interesting craft I’ve inherited from a family member over the years. It appears to be some kind of poodle. The great thing about this craft is that it’s totally amigurumi, but it was made several decades ago. I bet if I told my great-grandma she was hip with her amigurumi, she’d look at me like a crazy person.
One of my great-grandma’s trademarks was practicality in her crafting. This piece is no exception. The amigurumi poodle is a cute cozy for baby powder or household cleaner. The added bonus of winding up with this little dude is that I was able to snap some pictures of the vintage bottle inside.
A little background on my great-grandma: She was born in the year 1900 and lived until 2002. In her life, she saw the advent of everything from commercial radio to the internet. My great-grandma crafted until a couple of years before her death. She was known for volunteering at an “old folks home” well in to her 80’s… until they told her to relax and enjoy her amazingly good health! After she stopped volunteering, she spent a lot of time knitting (I have a colorwork piece up my sleeve for this series!) and hand-making rosaries. My great-grandma Louise was an inspiring person and her crafts have become some of my favorite possessions.