I hope all of you have seen the many displays around the UK commemorating the end of the first world war. Our village decided to theme the remembrance around 'Peace at Last'. Ruth and I wanted to create an eye-catching window which would make people think about the lasting effects of war.
Because our business is very much based around women (I know men knit and crochet too but they are in the minority) we started by thinking about women's experiences of the war and of the peace that followed. I'd been home to visit my parents in October and my Mom reminded me of my maternal grandparents. My grandad signed up in 1918 aged almost 18 as did his older brother. Grandad was injured and sent home twice but my great uncle was killed in 1918. My great grandparents died during the course of the war so at the end of the war there was just Grandad and two sisters left. My grandma was the youngest in her family and at the beginning of the war worked sewing uniforms and later did some work in a munitions factory. Two of her sisters had fiances in the war, neither of whom returned so like many other women they faced a future on their own. Their story was commonplace. It's not called the Lost Generation for nothing. Our window represents the reality of the peace for young men and women who lost the lives they had planned remembering the women who never become brides and their young men who died.
(our special thanks to Pat who made all of our knitted poppies and to my sister Lynda who made the wedding dress)
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