Besides cooking/baking as well as many other interests, I love to crochet. It is my creative outlet, my passion, my stress reliever, and my comfort. My favorite patterns to crochet are doilies, but I enjoy all crocheting of any kind. I love all kinds of yarns and colors. I mostly enjoy taking a pattern and change it up a little so this will then create a new pattern. I also knit but my preference is to crochet.
My love for crocheting became apparent when I was taught by my Grandmother (Nanni) at a young age. She never used a pattern to crochet but she would look at an item and create the exact same thing. That is how she taught me, I never learned how to read a pattern book till much later in my life. My Nanni was a Milliner/ Interior Designer by profession. A milliner is one that makes, trims, designs or sells women’s hats. Some of her many talents included crocheting, playing the piano by ear, designing clothes for herself, and being very creative and as we would call it today “crafty“. She owned her own business and called it “Roberta Originals”. I have many memories of going to her store in Astoria, Queens and helping her for the day. She would take me on the bus and we would go into New York City in the garment district so she could get her supplies for her hats. It was always an experience to be with her as she would teach me about many ways to be creative. Sometimes when we would be in the garment district she would bring me to a store that would carry buttons, scarves, feathers, felt, material and many other brick brac that she used to create her “Originals“. My Nanni you could say was very flamboyant in her ways. She always dressed to the nines and would expect me to be very prim and proper. Her hats were so beautiful and always different. All I had to do is have a hat on, (at that time they used hats when I was a young girl) she would take a chiffon scarf out of her closet and drape it on the hat, and a new hat would be born for me to wear. After we would go shopping at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and B.Altman’s I would be hungry and tired. So that was a clue to go to Schrafft's Restaurant for lunch. How wonderful that was, on Fifth Avenue. Schrafft's, was a very impressive place for a young person, especially with waiters and waitresses dressed in black and white starched outfits. My favorite was the ice cream floats after our lunch, coffee ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top. We would try to get a booth by the big windows so I could see all the people hurrying by and I always looked to see if I could spot a celebrity which would have been just to die for. Things were different back in the late 1960’s, celebrities would be walking around Manhattan more and you didn’t have the paparazzi trying to take a photo. My Nanni and I were very close and she took me on many more adventures when I was young and then even when I became a young woman. I always admired her zest for life, her strength, and I think that her love of creativeness rubbed off on me. My Nanni passed away at the age of 97 on February 22, 2000. I am very lucky to have inherited some of her hats which have given me many fond memories of our past together.
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