The Sweater Sets, The Elderberries Book

Loved seeing an adorable picture of a little American baby in an obviously hand-knit sweater set. She is sitting in the lap of her doting young grandmother, our dear friend, who tells the story of where the sweater set comes from: England!

In the proud grandmother’s words, recalling an encounter in the 1980s:

The sweater set was made for (daughter) Maggie by a lovely woman from England. My mom and I met her when vacationing there while I was 5 months pregnant with Maggie. We met her in a thatched roof tea and crumpet shop in the English countryside . . . shared the table with her. Chuck and my dad were playing golf at the time. Two months later a package arrived from her with 3 homemade sweaters and matching bonnets and booties.</em

So the Americans of four generations have now been blessed by that random act of kindness by the thoughtful British lady befriended in a tea and crumpet shop:

  • the American great-grandmother, now deceased, who loved people and no doubt initiated the friendly conversation with the Brit;
  • the then-pregnant and now first-time grandmother (proudly bearing the Swedish name for grandmother, “Mormor”), who had met the British benefactor and must have thought of her fondly many times, putting the hand-knit items on her own first-born daughter;
  • that now-grown baby, a beautiful first-time mother herself, who has the inestimable pleasure of seeing her own first-born daughter wearing the exact same set;
  • and of course, Baby Catherine, nicknamed “Cacki,” who will grow up in a family that has known generous, spontaneous, “just because” love from across the oceans, across time, across generations, across continents.


By Susan Darst Williams, part of the feature family at

The Elderberries Vol. II  |  © 2019