Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Four Generations of Yarn Crafters
How about your tenth or twenty-third birthdays?
Try remembering Christmas 2002.
I can recall a few gifts over the years, but I most remember the moments they were given.
My mom and grandma taught me a skill I’ll always remember. It was a gift from them. I’ve even passed it on to two of my daughters. It’s something I can use for fun or necessity, I can use it over and over. My great – great – grandmother gave the same gift to my grandmother and her to my mom and my mom to me. No, it’s nothing tangible, or valuable . . . to most people.
Crochet. Yep, that’s it. You know, the crafty hook and yarn thing. I have memories of my mom teaching me to crochet a chain, and then making one by myself almost as long as the inside of our little ranch house. In elementary school, a group of friends and me crocheted little curly-worm bookmarks during recess.
My grandma was extremely proud of the fact she once crocheted a skirt and jacket during her work lunch breaks. She’s passed away now, but she had the foresight to make a receiving cap for each of my children’s first baby. Every time I watch my children open their gift from my grandma I’m reminded how much she loved us.
My mom has made each of our six children and five grandchildren granny square afghans. Each stitch of each blanket was made just for them. They all treasure them.
So, even though crochet might be a trivial skill in today’s world, to me, it’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve received.
Here’s an easy to follow, how to crochet series from Curtzy Crochet Hooks: (a youtube.com video series)
Also, for those of you who are already crochet experts, here are a few patterns for anything granny square.
The patterns in the above link are from the Lion Brand Yarn website. You’ll find a multitude of fun crochet patterns from easy to advanced skill level.
You'll give them a gift that lasts. And memories they'll cherish.