9.6.10

a blanket and its story

I'd like to show you this blanket and tell you the story behind it :
I made it few years ago and it took me one year to finish it,
it measure about 220 cm and it's almost a square.
It is made with lots of leftovers of wool yarns that my mum used, 
to knit things for us and for herself.
After my mum died of cancer (12 years ago)
my dad told me that there were several bags of wool at home
and asked me what I wanted to do with it. 
I decided to take it with me to London, but I had no idea of what to do with it.
A couple of years after I started to knit a blanket, 
it was a very powerful way to deal with the loss and the sadness. 
Stitch by stitch I found my way to mourning. 
I can still remember where some of the wool come from,
jumpers she made for my  brothers and me
and there's even some wool that she recycled from my grandad's jumpers.
Now it needs some repair, the wool I used to stitch it,
is probably too old and so it breaks easily.
I'm not saying that I'm like Linus and his blankie but in moments like this
I need my blanket too!





Near my home...must be a sign?
;^)






26 comments:

vera said...

It's so nice ! a blanket of souvenirs ...

mo' said...

quelle histoire bouleversante que celle de ta couverture... en plus, elle est franchement MAGNIFIQUE, j'en suis baba !! ; )

Anabel Fournier said...

Wow, it is wonderful!

Séverine said...

Une couverture très précieuse donc ! et quel travail alala !

naa said...

you're work and dealing with thing is so inspirational! Thank you for sharing this lovely story and everything! I hold my fingers crossed for you and your family and your home***

isabelle said...

what a touching story ...and what a beautiful result

myssja said...

impresionante!

Janis said...

There is nothing wrong with needing (cherishing) a blanket so dear. What a wonderful tribute to your mother, and you did a beautiful job of knitting it all together Alessandra. I'm sure she would be so pleased...xoxo.

ps. I am finding memories in my packing too, of my father and grandmother.

Megumi said...

Beautiful, beautiful most special blancket.
I think..your mother is hugging through the blancket when it covers you. I lost my mother by cancer when I was 12, I was so lost and the world was just a big scary sad hole. I think I can understand why you made the blancket. And now I know you got a great artistic hand from your mother.. Hope the pipes would be ok soon and you will be setteled soon. And I am one of the many who is so happy for new coming clouds..:-) Love from Megumi

Lollipop said...

oh wow... I perfectly understand. I began to knit after a very sad "event"... to wash my brain,...
beautfiful history,...
such a treasure...

and I love the sign ;-)

explodingcucumber said...

It's a very beautiful blanket Alessandra. I have no words...

at swim-two-birds said...

what a touching and beautiful story Alessandra and so is the blanket :-)
good luck with your new home!

Ms M said...

Simply beautiful, and I'm not just refering to your lovely blanket x

christine said...

wow, a treasure, a beautiful one.

blue china studio said...

Wow, just beautiful! sigh

christel said...

A beautiful treasure, Alessandra

jokemijn said...

the story behind it makes it even more beautiful.

alessandra said...

To ALL:
Thank you so much for your words :)
I didn't mean to make you feel emotional, sorry if
you felt that way!
I'm fine, we are coping nicely with the situation after all is only a rented house...so we will move again only we don't know yet when In a month or in six months and we will move back in a town!
Yes! I can have a bit of more fun there...cinemas, theatre etc...things that we don't have here, only a huge cathedral!!!
So I promise I won't bore you with this story anymore and will post only happy and fun stuff!

GRAZIE!!!! BLOGGERS you are the best!!!

fanja said...

this is beautiful Alessandra, thinking of you x

Kickcan and Conkers said...

A beautiful story and a beautiful blanket.

Francesca said...

I can thoroughly connect to your dealing with your tragic loss through knitting. My own kitting and crocheting are very much embedded into my history of pregnancy loss - I stopped knitting after my first stillborn baby, and my (re)learning crocheting worked as a grieving therapy in the following years.
I really think your mamma couldn't have wished for a better use of her beloved yarns.
This is a blanket that will bring warmth and happiness.

Catherine said...

It is such a beautiful blanket, a wonderful way to use the wool and remember your mother. Something you will always have, I love its size too, very beautiful.

Louise said...

I love your blanket, especially the beautiful emotional attachment you have to it. I've got a bag of knitted squares made from my mum's wool stash that I started 3 or so years ago. one day it'll be as big as yours I hope, right now it might just cover a baby... Where have you moved that just has a cathedral? x

handmade romance said...

so beautiful! i love the story behind it and all of the memories it holds x

elena gold said...

this is such a stunning beautiful blanket and such an amazing story. i am glad to hear making it was healing for you. wow, thank you for sharing this. :)

ceylonjade said...

ha..lol, so funny!
xoxo-jade ;)