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Keep Your Hands Busy
Created By: Kathleen Leffard

I first learned to crochet and embroidery when I was about five years old by my grandmother known to me as my "Baba". She lived with us and she patiently taught me how as we sat on the glider on the front porch.

She taught me that it was not a problem to make a mistake in any needle work because those problems can always be taken out and corrected.

Can you imagine how proud a 5 year old could be showing the completed doll blanket only to have very loving and wise eyes say--Kathleen, you made a mistake and you need to fix this. She would then immediately pull out row after row of work till the problem was to the surface and then say--now do it the right way.

So, I learned that is how you do your work--no matter where the mistake is or what it cost you in time--you went back and fixed the error.

In visiting my 80 year old neighbor I discovered that while my Baba was teaching me to crochet she was also teaching Mrs. Jones (back then a very young mother of 3) how to crochet and to make the ripple pattern blanket. When I commented to Mrs. Jones that the blanket she made so many years ago is still holding up so well. Mrs. Jones said--"that is the first blanket I made and I will never forget your grandmother teaching me to crochet on this blanket." She then says, I will never forget the day I was showing her what I accomplished and she looked at it and said, "Oh, Mrs. Jones!! You made a mistake down here and then proceeded to take apart my blanket to the mistake and handed it back to me and said, now you can make your blanket right"

With all the wisdom of her years she taught me that these were the easy things in life to fix. To live my life right and I would not have to worry about trying to undo an unwise decision.

I always take out my errors and fix them, but I notice how this upsets those around me. They do not see the error, but I know and I take care of it and I have tried to live my life accordingly.

I now make preemie blankets for hospitals, took part in making Caps for the Nation and am currently making a Prayer Shawl for someone in need. I find that in a simple lesson of crochet so many years ago on a porch with the love of a Baba that I could learn how to live life of just doing it the right way.

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