Monday, May 16, 2011

I ♥ Crochet

When I was six, my grandmother and great grandmother, they taught me to crochet. Just basic stitches at first, then they taught me patterns. The three of us will make hats, scarves and Afghans. In my early twenties, when a friend was having a baby, I always made the baby blanket. Then real life hit: work, school, being an adult and I did not make time for the pastime of my youth. I took eight years off from crocheting and recently starting again when I decided to make an afghan for my twenty-six nieces and nephews for Christmas. When I say recently, I mean in February 2011.

I picked up my hooks, my skeins, and went to Joann’s and took an introduction to crocheting course. It all came back to me. I remembered how much I loved to crochet. I remember how I loved mixing of the various colors. I remember how good it felt to complete an afghan for someone else. I started reading on the Internet about the new trends in crocheting. I found new trends such as, mixing a bulky skein with a fine skein, or using bamboo or upcycled materials to create scarves, hats or bags. I got so excited, and I just started hooking away.

I started bringing my projects to work, and found out there were several other ladies who crochet and we started a crocheting group. We bring our projects to work two times a week and crochet. If there are questions regarding patterns or stitches, we help each other. Three of my co-workers are working on the same pattern; it is awesome to see the different takes on the same pattern.

To be honest, I hope I never forget how much I love crochet. Even when life gets busy, I hope to continue to work on one project. When my nieces and nephews get older, I hope to teach them how to crochet, so that they too will fall in love, with crochet.

-Jameelah “Jam” Woodard


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