Monday, May 16, 2011

When and Why I Crochet

My story is a two-parter.

Part 1:
In Junior High School and High School, I tried all kinds of crafty things. My Mom taught me to sew, but sewing for myself was a bummer -- nothing I made fit right, or looked right. So, gave that up quickly. Next Mom tried to teach me to knit, but my projects turned out so wonky I soon gave up in disgust. Finally, out of desparation, Mom handed me a crochet hook and yarn and showed me all she knew -- chains and single crochet. THAT WAS IT!!!! I found my crafty niche! I taught myself every aspect of crochet, broomstick lace, filet crochet, hairpin lace as well as the usual pattern stitches. I made scarves, hats, scrunchies, even a sweater or two. Of course, afghans as well. Then I graduated college, went out into the work world, got married, had kids, you know the story . . .

Part 2:
Soon after moving into our 100+ year old farm house a couple of years ago, my husband became disabled. After numerous trips to the doctors, spinal cord surgery, recovery, more doctor visits, I was close to a breakdown. I needed something to occupy my long waiting room visits and keep me sane. So I unpacked a personal box that was in storage, dug out my old set of Boye crochet hooks and bought some cheap yarn.

The rest, shall we say, is history! I am now crocheting every spare minute (yes, I'm addicted!) and now I'm also designing my own patterns. I crochet hats for cancer patients with yarn donated from my best friend and dabble in new techniques. My anxiety attacks are gone. I am able to relax and recharge. And it was sure a heck of a lot cheaper than therapy!

-Shellie Dunn


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