Did you learn a craft/skill from your grandparents?

Australia
May 12, 2008 9:17pm CST
This weekend is the second anniversary of my grandma's passing. I was thinking about her and remembered how she taught me to knit a few years before she died. I learnt how to do it but it didn't really interest me. I'm starting to sew and have her old sewing machine but I don't really know how to use it. I really wish she could have shown me. Did you learn any skill from your grandparents that you still implement today?
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@pooh08 (672)
• Vietnam
13 May 08
I learn from my grandmother the cook's skill. My grandmother cooks very well. I learn from my grandfather the careful. Although my grandfather was die, I usually remember he taught me when I was child.
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@AnakSuNamun (2084)
• United States
13 May 08
My grandma tried to teach me how to knit but I just didn't have the patience for that... I can only do the first two steps and then start getting frustrated!.. What they did teach me though is respect for older people and decency which I sometimes remember lol
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@ElicBxn (60829)
• United States
27 May 08
I didn't learn any crafts from my grandparents. My mother helped to teach me to crochet and sew.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
16 May 08
Hi coffeeshot! My grandmother is still alive and I am really lucky to still have her at my side.Although I have not learned any of my crafts from her, she taught me something more essential in my married life. She taught me how to cook and still is giving me pointers on my cooking skills. She is a great cook and everything she prepares for the family is always a hit. I just hope I can be half as good as her. Take Care and God Bless! Happy Mylotting!
@welshdai (77)
14 May 08
i mean my grandparents have taught me a lots of skills from cooking,gardening,painting,or stuff as well,i am still learning from them the skills their taught me i try to use when i can so that the knowledge is used and i can maybe pass it on myself one day.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
13 May 08
My grandmother was one of the major influences in my life. She helped my mom teach me how to cook. I am not always a patient person. But what little I do have (mostly with my daughter) I hear my grandmother when I speak. There are so many little influences too many to list. She was a bargain shopper.That is a skillI still use.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
13 May 08
My grandmother taught me how to crochet. I made many long chains when I was a little girl. She could just look at something and make it. I remember one time she had news paper spread out on the table. I asked her what she doing, she said she was going to make herself a dress. By golly if she didn't do it. Beat anything I ever saw.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
13 May 08
Well, I think what I learned from my grandparents was not on handicraft that sort of thing, but more on how to be a gardener, to grow vegetables. Until now, I still grow vegetables for own consumption but in a big scale.
• United States
13 May 08
When my hubby got a job transfer and we had to go stay with his grandparents for a few weeks while we looked for our place to stay. My Grandma loves to crochet so while we were there I sat with her and learned. I love it now and I hope to teach my daughter someday.
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
13 May 08
my grandma taught me how to bake an my hubby's grandma taught me how to quilt an I was thrilled after she passed away my mother in law found a quilt grannie had started an gave it to me to have i took awhile finishing it knowing it was the last one our grannie did i had to cy a couple times but now I proudly look at the finish quilt on my bed thinking thanks grannie we did a good job
• Bahamas
13 May 08
I learnt so much from my grammy, and i'm still learning today.She taught me how to sew, make straw baskets, and bake bread. She is now 87 years old and still strong but i worry about losing her shes the glue that holds our family together.
@gemini_rose (16193)
13 May 08
My Grandma on my Dads side, his Mum passed in 1988 when I was 15, she taught me to knit and crochet, I still knit today, although I have only recently taken it up again. I knit baby blankets that I then sell. My Grandma on my Mums side, her Mum is still living and she taught me to cross stitch and do tapestry at the age of 7, I did it for a couple of years and then never bothered with it again until I was in my 20s when I took it up as a full time hobby and now do it all the time. I also sell these when they are complete too, so my skills do come in quite handy!!
• Philippines
13 May 08
My grandma has taught me this great and innovative way to fold plastic bags of different shapes and sizes so you could keep and stack them up neatly. It may be funny or too simple but I really really find it very helpful and cool because I can still re-use the bags, I know exactly when to find them whenever I need one, and its kinda exciting whenever I unfold them, knowing that I took great care in stacking them up. It makes me feel like a neat little human being. :)
@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
13 May 08
No I did not learn any skills from my grandma but I learnt sewing from my mother. We wear uniforms here in schools and I was able to sew my own uniform while at high school. I was so proud. I dont do it so often now but when the creative bug bites I design and sew something to wear to church, a wedding ect... I hope you get some assistance to learn how to use that sewing machine soon. It feels good to sew something and wear it and have people giving so many compliments. (lol)
@drannhh (15211)
• United States
13 May 08
Yes, one of my grandmas taught me to hand sew. She bought me and my two same-age girl cousins each a sewing kit and then had the 3 of us over to learn at the same time. One cousin threw the materials down after a few minutes and ran out to play. The other, as I recalled, cried when she got a knot in her thread and could not pull it through. I, on the other hand, loved learning to sew and on another occasion she taught me to crochet, as well, but without the other 2 girls. When I was still quite young, however, mum had a falling out with both of my grandmas and I was not allowed to see either of them and I was not allowed to see either of them for many years. By the time I was independent enough to do anything about that, one had already passed on, and the other was quite ill and not really able to communicate much.
@GreenMoo (11842)
13 May 08
My grandmother also taught me how to knit, but I'm ashamed to say that it's a skill that didn't stay with me for long and now I couldn't even cast off. A few years ago I received a knitting scarf kit as a present, but I've not even opened it yet although knitting really is something I'd love to be able to do. My grandad was a big gardener, and although I don't suppose I talked with him a great deal about with him about it whilst he was alive, I did enjoy getting a tour of the greenhouse and the love of gardening is something that's grown on me as I've got older.
@kbourgerie (8774)
• United States
13 May 08
My Nanna taught me to knit or at least she tried. I'd start a project, go to bed and when I would wake up in the morning she would have it done. My other grandmother began teaching me the piano because I really wanted to learn, but her arthritis bothered her so much, that I didn't have the heart to press the issue. Now I don't do either.
@Rosekitty (19443)
• San Marcos, Texas
13 May 08
All of mine have passed on both sides..and my Mothers parents were around me the most..My grandmother was a quilter and used to make all her grandkids one for their weddings..lost mine to an ex..go figure..she canned and sewed so i watched and picked up how to do all 3. Now i make all my grandbabies a quilt. My Grandfather was the gardner and i learned all that plus other tricks from him about making things grow.
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
13 May 08
I learned how to make soap from my grandmother who was an amazing soul. Though we use much more advanced molds and things now, she taught me the basics.
• Philippines
13 May 08
hi coffeeshot, Yes i've learned from my father the instant lamp when blockout ( no electricity). In a container put water and oil together. Get a piece of cloth. Roll it inch size just enough to reaach the oil not the water place it in middle be sure to get something to hold it like a wire and make it balance. Presto! You have lamp.