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Let GO of the yarn....
Created By: Kimberly Garcia

I have been a crafter ever since my mother first placed some wiggle eyes and pipe cleaners in front of me as a child. Over the years I've involved myself in numerous crafts, and have grown to love and cherish how crafting relaxes me and allows for self-expression. I learned to knit two years ago, and was quite happy making scarves, even though I live in the desert. When I saw a friend crocheting, I thought, "I want to learn to do THAT." The yarn fed through her fingers so easily and her hands worked so smoothly. My knitting has always been awkward, and crochet had me hooked the moment I saw my friend working on her blanket. Armed with a skein of yarn, a hook, and a few failed attempts at chaining and turning, I took a weekend to go see my friend, with the specific goal of coming home KNOWING how to crochet. We settled in and it became clear that crochet was easy, but I was making it hard. After learning the anatomy of the stitch and how to keep my chain from twising, I started to stitch in the round. I was holding my yarn so tight that I could barely work into the chain. After a few rounds, I couldn't even insert my hook to pull up a loop. My friend kept telling me, "You're not letting go."....and it hit me like a ton of bricks. This was absolutely the story of my entire adult life. I'd been so afraid to lose my work, to lose whatever relationship, etc. that I'd already created, that I held tight to it - so tight that eventually I made it impossible to go any further, and I was never able to enjoy the process OR the outcome because I refused to trust myself. I refused to let go. Letting go of the yarn was one of the hardest things I have ever learned to do....but I DID learn it. Now, I can feed yarn through my fingers effortlessly. My hands work smoothly and quickly. I love the process of crochet. I love challenging myself through crochet. I love seeing my work develop. And I love blessing myself and others with the fruits of that work. Everyday I crochet, and I think of what letting go means in every aspect of my life. It has changed me; and although I'll always love all kinds of crafts, crochet will be the art that helped me to finally learn to start letting go.

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