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Whatcha Making?
Created By: Pat Baumgartner

The past 2 years have been unusually stressful for me and my family. My husband and I were both faced with the reality of aging parents whose health was declining. My husband's father was in another state, but my Mom was closer, so we decided to bring her home to our house. My Mom's health quickly declined - and I had little time for anything during those months other than caring for her. Sadly, we lost my Mom and my husband's father within weeks of each other. Around this time my Pastor presented me with a prayer shawl she had made for me which quickly became my security blanket. Something to bury my face in when I needed to.

I'm not sure what prompted me to begin crocheting again, maybe the gift of the shawl - but about a year ago I purchased some cotton yarn and picked up my hook and began making dish cloths and tote bags and a few scarves - my skill level was very "beginner."

Crocheting quickly became my meditation - my quite, peaceful, healing place. I had also recently quit smoking and crocheting kept my hands busy! Before I knew it, I had stacks of dishcloths and tote bags - everyone on my Christmas list (and some who weren't) received dishcloths and pretty bath soaps tucked into a tote bag. Much to my surprise and delight everyone loved them.

I quickly learned that crocheting in public is an invitation to conversation. My husband and I recently took a trip and stayed in a hotel that had a lovely lobby with a huge fireplace and big, comfy sofas all around. I spent one afternoon in front of a big fire crocheting. It was remarkable how many people - men and women, even children -came up to ask what I was making, or shared a story about someone they knew and loved who had also crocheted or knitted, or talked about their own projects.

Many days I look forward to going home, getting in my favorite chair and picking up my yarn and going to that quiet place.........

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