Last year I “taught” myself to crochet just enough to make crocheted snowflake ornaments for Christmas. My great aunts crocheted snowflake ornaments that are cherished heirlooms in my family. In honor of them I wanted to carry on the tradition. I sent them to friends and family in handmade cards, some with handmade envelopes. I made sure to make the snowflakes a little different for the family members, using beads, non-white threads, or making smaller snowflakes. It was a real labor of love and my favorite part of preparing for the holidays.
This year, as I make my handmade cards to send out, I am thinking about these aunts. We lost the last surviving member of my grandmother’s siblings over the summer, my aunt Margie.