Sunday, 3 February 2013

Pick Your Precious 2 -

This little lady is currently called Eileen and she is 40 years old.

I can't remember what I called her when she was mine, but she is now Eileen because my paternal grandmother, Eileen Ruth Shaw nee Mitchell, knitted her fetching blue outfit for me all those years ago.





                                           Nanny Eileen (for a while known as Black Nanny because she died her hair a very deep black) was a dab hand with the knitting needles and made most of my jumpers when I was young. She always seemed to have just enough wool left over to make a matching one for my dolly. So, although sadly I don't have a photo to prove it, I'm certain I wore a handknitted jumper in these colours.
The tiny plastic dummy is the original as well.

And it makes me happy to see M playing with her, even though she never knew my Nanny who died a couple of years before she was born.

To read about other people's precious possession or share a story of your own , head over to see Sian at http://fromhighinthesky.blogspot.co.uk/


22 comments:

Denise said...

What a lovely story - she is looking very good for her age and I love the nickname black nanny because of her hair ! x

Sian said...

She'd definitely be precious to me too! Funny, I have a doll dressed by my Mum and I plan to share her later on in the year. She'd be delighted to meet Eileen and her very smart outfit - they could swap fashion tips :) Thanks Kirsty: she's a lovely "precious"

favouriteworkofart said...

Lovely story and so wonderful to see her being enjoyed by the next generation. Your reference to 'Black Nanny' made me smile - it's amazing how one story can lead to others and then others and then others. We'd need a whole other lifetime to be able to tell all the stories we want to tell!

Lythan said...

Its brilliant that she is still being loved. What a great link between the generations. Thanks for sharing your precious memory

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

What a wonderful story! My grandmother used to make clothes for my dolls too

Jennie Hart said...

Lovely story :) I had one very similar, but she is long gone, well done for keeping her.

Alison said...

She looks very well looked after..and that outfit has stood the test of time!
Alison xx

S said...

Little Eileen is holding her age so well, I bet she never goes gray either. (wink!)

Amy said...

S's comment is too funny! We had dollies and dresses made by Grandma too - the details were so lovely, and, seeing your daughter with Eileen is wonderful!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Amajzing that you kept her all those years and amazing how quickly 40 years passes, isn't it!
Rinda

Sheena said...

What a wonderful story Kirsty x
Eileen looks really well looked after.

Missus Wookie said...

All of my dollies are naked and were handed on - my Mom/Grandma took several back to her house for the grandchildren. Hmm, oh except two who will appear later this year :)

Liz said...

What a lovely story. Nanny's are always great at knitting a little something for your dolls. I'm glad Eileen is still loved as much today.

dogmatix said...

Great story and lovely that she is being enjoyed today.

Elizabeth said...

That was a sweet story about both Eileens.

Jo said...

That is a lovely story. I used to have exactly the same doll and my aunt used to crochet outfits for her that matched mine :)

Gail said...

What a wonderful story and she is looking so great for her age. I love that your daughter now has her.

Becky said...

Wow! That looks like Tiny Tears to me! I have one upstairs in the cupboard with a load of clothes that my Nana knitted for her! She is going to be the subject of STS one month soon!

Mel said...

Wow its impressive that your doll survived so long and that it still looks good as new!

Miriam said...

How wonderful to have her. She is still beautiful. Black Nanny! I love it

Chipper said...

Precious friends seem to be a common thread this month :-) I am glad that she is still played with.

Julie J said...

I have the same doll, which also has clothes knitted by my grandmother. My first thought was that it was a Tiny Tears but I believe it came packaged as April Showers and came with a bath.
Sadly my daughter did not love it as much as yours obviously does. Her baby doll phase was very short and she progressed rapidly to Barbies.