Weaving Stories through Craft – Helen (Part 2) told by Ian

My story is about my wife, Helen. We have been married for almost 49 years and lived on the Mornington Peninsula for nearly all of our married life. Our two children, Ken and Robyn, completed their secondary school studies at Rosebud High School apart from one year at Capital High School where I worked, in Olympia, Washington State, USA.

Their tertiary studies, at Monash University, resulted in Ken completing a degree in Civil Engineering before achieving a PhD in that field. Robyn completed degrees in Arts and Science majoring in Slavic Languages (Russian) and Applied Mathematics respectively. During her studies, a scholarship enabled Robyn to spend 3 months studying in Russia.

Ken and Robyn are both married to wonderful partners and have provided us with 4 beautiful grand children.

When Ken and Robyn were first born, Helen took on the responsibility, for the most part, for teaching them how to behave and value what they had and to read and to love books…and she did a mighty good job of it.

When I first met Helen she spent much of her “spare time” knitting and her output was prodigious. Apart from a suit that she knitted for herself in Scotland before I met her, she produced many items of clothing for the whole family, including cricket jumpers for Ken and I.

We invested in a knitting machine in the early years which Helen did not take long to master…more of that from her story last week.

Helen was also brilliant at sewing and enjoyed many hours making clothes for herself and us, she rarely had to buy clothes to wear to work, as she made her own.

One item of clothing, in particular, that I want to mention is the dress Helen made for 16 year old Robyn to wear to her school Deb Ball. Many of Robyn’s friends were very impressed and rightly so.

Friends and colleagues of Helen’s have often suggested she sew professionally, but Helen felt that the joy in her pastime would be taken away and preferred to sew for fun and continue to enjoy it – a wise move as we get the benefits!