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When I was about eleven years old, I was taught...
Created By: Wendy Wilson

When I was about eleven years old, I was taught to knit at school, but it wasn't until I was a young bride that I learned to crochet. My military husband was away on an extended cruise, so I asked a co-worker to teach me. Those skills filled many otherwise lonely hours. When my husband returned, he was so proud of my new skill that he at once set me to work on a bed sized afghan. Over the years, I have knit or crocheted many items for my family and friends, and even sold some in my gift shop when I opened a custom sewing business. At the young age of 41 I suffered a stroke, and when I woke up in the recovery room of the hospital, I was greeted with a large bag of yarn, a crochet hook, scissors, and a loving husband who was determined to help me regain the manual dexterity in my right hand. It took me quite a while to finish that lap robe for him, but he cherished it for many years, and I continued giving my crafts to those I love, with a renewed zest for life and the second chance I'd been given.

Some time later I was accompanying a friend to a cousellor, and as we filled out the paperwork, I complimented the doctor on how she had decorated her waiting room in a soothing nursery decor with many teddy bears. "There's another one around the corner," she said as she momentarily left the room. I went to where she had indicated, and was shocked to find one of my own creations sitting in a doll cradle with one of my hand made baby afghans. I had sold them in two different places in two different years, but she said they both "called out" to her. Initially she had intended to give the afghan as a gift, but decided she wanted it for herself. Later she felt she should really share it, and put it in her office. I had put my soul into that small blanket, and apparently it showed, because she said oftentimes distraught clients would be fingering it in the waiting room, take it into the office with them, and be allowed to take it home for the weekend. The experience so moved me that I wrote a children's book about it for the children I knew.

I'm still showering my friends and co-workers with my crafts, and after opening my business again in another state, work with the local charities and shelters, making knit and crocheted items for those who need to be reminded that they are loved and have a new chance in life. Knitting and crocheting are more than just a hobby. It's a lasting way to spread light in a dark world.

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