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My Life In Yarn: Alisha Lucas

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My Life In Yarn: Alisha Lucas

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Alisha Lucas from Puryear, TN


What is your favorite Lion Brand Yarn?

Vanna’s Choice!

What brought you to yarn (knitting/crochet)?

It was a long 16 hour day with my son at his doctors appointment at Saint Jude’s research hospital when I sat down next to this lady in the cafeteria. She and I started to talk about things to keep our minds off of the never ending days for our children when she asked me if I wanted to learn how to knit. So I asked if she would teach me and when knitting didn’t work out she taught me to crochet. That was 7 years ago and I have not stopped crocheting since. My son really enjoyed all the quality time we had together and he often asked me to make clothing to keep him warm. So I would make all his favorite tv/game characters for him and all his cancer buddies.

Do you remember who taught you how to knit/crochet?

Tell us a bit about how you learned: Her name was Maria and she would come to the hospital every other week to teach parents/children how to knit or crochet. She would provide yarn and supplies and only asked that you come back and show her all your WIPS or completed projects.

What is your favorite thing to make?

I love to make it all; hats, scarfs, shawls, blankets, amigurumi and more.

Do you have a favorite stitch/pattern?

Lately I’ve enjoyed the puff stitch and C2C blankets. I worked on this beautiful wine glass cover with the world’s smallest pattern and the challenge was accepted and they are so beautiful for my little brothers wedding.

What’s the first project you finished?

I heard my little cousin was expecting a baby, so I was determined to learn how to crochet so I bought a sugar and cream cotton cone from Walmart and started to work it with a 3.5mm in a single stitch. It was a rookie mistake and the pain staking blanket was my very first project I finished and mailed to California just in time for her baby’s arrival

Why are you a fan of LBY products?

LOVE, Love, love my LBY. The color variations/variety are amazing. I enjoy looking for new textures, colors and patterns from Lion Brand.

Any other notable stories/experiences with yarn you’d like to share?

My aunt Ellen is a left handed knitter and I thought to my self thats a challenge to knit since I rarely found left handed patterns and follow along videos for her to use. I explained to my Aunt Ellen that it would be easier to complete projects if she could crochet. I left after the holidays and couldn’t believe my eyes when she posted on Facebook about how much fun she was having on the crochet cruise. I called her and asked if she had learned to crochet and why is she on the cruise. She told me all the details and shared photos with me and I told her that it was my bucket list to go on a crochet cruise. She called me a week later and told me to pack my bags!

She booked us 7 day crochet cruise for 2022. I’m so excited and shocked to find out we are going to crochet together in the Bahamas.

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  • I love that you learned how to crochet to get through your son’s illness. I picked up my hook after many years when my beloved sister was dying. It was such a stress reliever to keep my attention focused and my hands busy during periods of great stress. Have fun on your cruise!!

  • A sweet German lady taught me the basics of crochet when I was 12. No pattern, just the math behind the stitches. I made lots of doilies. When I was 19 I taught myself to knit using the Coats & Clark Teach Yourself to Knit booklet. I spent so much time knitting that my fiance got worried that I was seeing someone else. I’ve crocheted shawls, sweaters, doilies. I’ve knitted a bunch of dorm boots (slippers), shawls, baby blankets, baby clothes, and felted purses. Crochet is faster but plain knitting is so soothing to my soul.

  • Great story! I really enjoyed reading this piece!!

  • A yarn shop owner said to me once that you learn the most from the person sitting next to you.
    I taught myself how to crochet from a magazine around 1970, A challenge because I am left handed and learned right handed. When I was about 40 a friend from New Zealand again taught me how to knit right handed, I could not master the English way but the cont8inental way worked well.
    So I have been knitting and crocheting right handed ever since and loving it.

  • I was ten and we lived without electricity. My
    closest neighbor lady gave me a green book called Learn to knit and crochet.” After I got a green crochet needle for Christmas. I had to wait till my birthday to get the ball of crochet cotton. It was yellow. One hook,one ball of yarn and a book. No one nearby to teach. Seventy years later and I make sweaters, socks, mittens, wedding ring aphgan, every year. I know what I like to work with and it is lionbrand for me always

  • In 1963 an older neighbor tried to teach another neighbor and I to crochet. I say tried, because no matter what I did, my piece looked nothing like theirs. Then the lightbulb went on and I realized that they were righties and I was a lefty. After some laughable mishaps, I learned to reverse my stitches. Back then there weren’t too many instruction books for lefties, so most of the things I made were by trial and error. Last year I made 75 hats and scarves for a local church; something I plan to do for 2020.

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