more acrylic yarn - a kit for a "blanket" in fact.
Our friend P... phoned me yesterday. She sounding a little flustered which is not like her but she was flying off to Ireland last night, taking an 84yr old fellow nun to see her family for the last time. It's all been a lot of planning and the last thing she needed was someone say,
"P....we have some sewing and knitting materials here. Do you know anyone who can use them?"
One of the other nuns went around to pick them up. P.... looked at them and the phoned me, "Cat... "
Of course it would be the day that Middle Cat was not available to go and pick them up but the neighbour from across the road stepped in and took me down. He may not have been a Catholic school boy for many years but...
We picked up the blanket kit, some more acrylic yarn, a great bundle of knitting needles, sewing supplies (but no fabric), and some odds and ends. For once it was all neatly packed and very well cared for. Our neighbour dumped it all in our living area and his partner came over and helped me sort it into places to take it or get it taken.
The person who had all these things was going into a nursing home. She didn't want them any more...or felt she couldn't use them. She must once have been a skilled craftswoman with varied talents. She sewed, embroidered, beaded, knitted and more. The way things were packed suggests she took great care of her belongings. It seems likely she has grandchildren. I wonder what she made for them because she obviously did make things for children. We could guess what football team she supported from a bag she had made and more.
And, although she had freely and willingly passed these things on, it seemed a little intrusive. I hope she is still able to do something with her hands.