Space craft? Air craft? Hovercraft?
No I am asking..Where is the Handcraft gone?
I saw this picture, laughed and was about to turn away when I realised it had significant meaning…
When do we teach our children a craft?
Growing up my sisters and I learnt how to sew, cook, and knit. Traditional girls traits back then and my brothers learnt woodwork, how to make a billy cart and a bike ramp and as we got older we mixed the things up we had learnt and they would help cook (one brother is now a chef) and I got to make the chopping board that Mum got for Mother's day.
I don't knit as much anymore but I have taught my girls how to knit a scarf and my boys know how to cook but what about the other skills? Are they taught in school anymore or at home and if not how will we pass on these precious gifts to the next generation?
I think of this as I remember the time spent knitting baby items whilst sitting on the train heading to work and the gifts I was given by other “train” passengers that I had sat and chatted with for the time I was pregnant, who had saved me a seat to chat about their children and the joy of parenting and give me tips they were happy to pass down.
I learnt a lot from this wise, older generation on those trips and realised when I caught the train a few weeks ago that I only saw one person knitting, not a group of people.
Who has the recipe for Grannies’ homemade sauce or jam? Where is the beautiful jumper knitted with love for the children to stay warm? Or the beanie for the footy?
Little by little we need to make sure we pass on these “special” crafts before they leave us forever.