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After serving several years as a Navy Medic...
Created By: Chrystal Popielarz

After serving several years as a Navy Medic attached to the Marines and surviving Iwo Jima, my brother returned home in a state of shell shock. I remember seeing his hands shake uncontrollably and he was very withdrawn. He married and had a child, but his wife left him taking their daughter with her. My brother turned to alcohol and other destructive behaviors, becoming involved in one bad relationship after another.

One day as he was observing my mother (his step mother) crochet, he became fascinated with the process and asked her to teach him, which she did. My brother began to create afghans and found that crochet calmed him in a way that nothing else did. He finally stopped drinking, and found love and companionship in all the right places. He ultimately met and married a woman who adored him. I heard him tell my mother once that her teaching him to crochet saved his life.

Mom taught me to crochet when I was five years old. She also taught me to do embroidery and I later taught myself to knit. It is rare that I donít have at least one, sometimes several, projects going. I find doing needle crafts relaxing and satisfying on so many levels. Iíve been teaching friends to knit and crochet for many years. I taught two of my granddaughters to crochet. These things add so much to my life; it is an important part of who I am. Even though I work full time, and practice Reiki when Iím not working, I still always have a project going. I knit at lunch time at work. I knit or crochet in the evenings. I take a project with me any time I know I will have some time to fill.

I love the new yarns and last Christmas I made 8 scarves for various women in my life. Being able to do that makes me feel good and gives my self esteem a real boost!

My mother eventually became blind but she never stopped doing needle work. She continued to knit, mostly simple projects, until she died.

My vision has been failing lately and the wonderful thing is that a lot of the time I also can work on simple projects in spite of the poor eyesight.

I canít say that crochet has changed my life the way it did my brotherís. I can only say that it has always been a very important part of my life and who I am.

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