My mother-in-law, Dora McLellan, died yesterday, aged 92, in New Zealand. She had eight children; 19 grandchildren; at least 23 great grandchildren, ranging in age from 26 years to a few weeks; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mum was a prolific knitter. The toys in the picture are all her work. Her first love was knitting baby shawls. She gave me the pattern for my first lace knitting, a shawl I used for my children, which my daughter is now using for hers. And Mum gave me my spinningwheel, the one I still use to spin yarn for socks etc.
The picture below was taken in 1994, when Mum visited us in Zimbabwe.