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Family Treasure

The Ladies of the Club, 1945

It was the only thing of mother's that she wanted. Not grandmother's pearl engagement ring. Not the Waterford crystal flutes father gave mother when William was born. Not even the Russel Wright dinnerware mother proudly purchased with the prize money for her winning dish soap jingle.

Slip Stitch Sampler Throw
All she wanted was the wedding present given to mother in June 1945 right before she left Spokane forever. Four vibrant, richly textured squares stitched together. Mother called it a throw. Made by the ladies of the club, the Slip Stitchers, her wartime knitting group. And even at the end, when mother forgot her children's names, she remembered theirs-- Tilda, Shirley, Mildred, and Marjorie.

They snuggled under it on cartoon Saturdays and snow days when their furnace couldn't keep up with the bitter Minnesota cold. It was a comforting companion through bouts of measles, rounds of strep throat, and endless ear infections. So generous a size, for most of their childhood, all three of them fit under it. If no one fought.

Now it was hers. Built for generations of warmth, her children would nestle under it.

A tale by Agnes Honor Auden.
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is pure coincidental.


Agnes Honor Auden is a life-long yarn lover. She enjoys spinning tales about her favorite yarns and patterns. She lives in a small cottage by the sea where inland and water birds stop by her front porch to gather snips and strands of her violet wool for their nests.

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