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God Gave Each of us Certain Talents
Created By: Julianne Gazin

I've reached the ripe old age of 52! I've come through a lot, and crocheting and knitting have come along with me through it all.

I am one of nine children, born and raised in Wisconsin. As a freshman in highschool, one of my girlfriends was crocheting and as I watched her I became totally intrigued. I asked her to teach me, so she showed me how to do a chain and a single crochet. I have to admit, the first things I made were pretty bad, but I trudged on. I babysat for a woman who lived across the street for us, with three children. Everywhere in her house I saw blankets and pillows and hats and scarves that she make. I asked her if she could show me more stitches. She said she was just too busy, but gave me a book on instructions I could use, and I learned every stitch by myself! With much trial and everyone knows, it's sometimes very difficult to understand instructions.

I became very good at it, and actually crocheted my own wedding dress! It was the one time I splurged on yarn from a "yarn store"...Italian Cotton. The skirt was supposed to be full, but my fiance was transferred and the wedding was moved up 6 months, so I only had 3 weeks to finish it!! It became a "mermaid" gown, rounded at the hips, gathered in at the knees and flared out at the ankles. It was beautiful. When people see me crochet, they stare in wonder. They can't quite figure out what I'm doing. I guess when I watched my friend, all those years ago, I learned how to do it backwards! But I've been told, they've never seen anyone do it faster!

I then taught myself how to knit! I love both and could not decide between the two. I usually have about 4 or 5 projects going at the same time. Keeps me from getting bored.

When I look back over the years, it amazes me that I've been crocheting and knitting over all these years. I've been through Breast Cancer, divorce, and my father died of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease,when I was a teenager. My hobbies have been with me through it all. When you concentrate on what you are making, counting, and doing the repetitive steps, I think it gives your brain some time to rest. It's therapeudic. It's like medatating. And when you're done, you've made something beautiful and it makes you feel good. My closet is full of handmade items, and tons of yarn...I never want to run out of supplies. It's like a drug, but a good one. I believe God placed that girl in my life all those years ago, for a reason. We were only friends for that one year and then went our separate ways. She'll never know what she did for me, but may God bless her. I love making things. I am happier in a yarn store than anywhere else. I told my kids, "you know how they have those places for kids where you can jump into the balls, well make one with yarn and throw me in! It'll be heaven on earth.

I donate all kinds of things to the Women's Shelter and hats and scarves to the Homeless Shelters, and babyhats to hospitals for babies and preemies. It's my way of giving back, some of what I have been so richly blessed with. When they bury me, it better be with my needles and some yarn, because I've got work to do!

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