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I learned to crochet when I was seven years old. ...
Created By: C Cheryl

I learned to crochet when I was seven years old. My mom taught me and to this day I still think she’s the most talented crocheter I know. At first I crocheted for fun. For a seven year old, living in the rough neighbourhood where I grew up, it was quite an accomplishment – and, to the satisfaction of my mom, it kept me out of trouble. During my teenage years, crochet kept me company when I was at home alone on a Saturday night. I took a break from crochet in my 20’s and although the yarn and hooks were out of sight in a nearby closet, they were still there if I chose to pick them up. In my 30’s, it slowed me down in my race up the corporate ladder. Crochet kept me grounded in more ways than one. When my daughters were newborns, I “snuck in” some crochet time while I fed them. It was natural for me to crochet with a child on my lap. In my 40’s during what seemed like endless cancer treatments, it was a comforting companion in hospital waiting rooms, days in bed and long sleepless nights. Today, I realize crochet is more than a just a mere “craft”.



The meditative pace calms the mind and soothes the spirit. Movements become automatic allowing the mind to reflect. Silent prayer often occurs, particularly in hospital waiting rooms…



It’s a tactile experience. The blend of colours and texture reflecting one’s mood. The creative expression permits the inhibited to release his/her creative side allowing the authentic person to emerge.



Many believe crochet is a solitary craft. A single person sitting alone with a hook and some yarn. For some this is true and is the very reason crochet is so appealing. Unknown to many, is the sense of fellowship and community that’s built when the crochet experience is shared.



A crochet community can (and does):

• Comfort the sick and those who mourn with blankets, laprobes and shawls. Prayers are said by the crocheter for the recipient of the item before starting to crochet and during the crocheting experience.

• Warm cold hands and feet with mittens, socks, hats and scarves by making donations to shelters

• Care for the lonely by gifting handmade items and providing opportunities for fellowship

• Fundraise for victims of wars and natural disasters as thousands of crocheters band together to auction their handmade goods for charity



Friendships, local and worldwide, are forged through crochet. One crocheter can inspire many others. When word of our congregation’s emerging crochet ministry became known on the Internet, this inspired one woman in the U.S. to start a crochet ministry in her own church. Crochet friendships are not bound by age. A shared passion unites the young and those young-in-spirit. Crochet bridges the generation gap in a way that’s relaxed and easy. The crochet community laughs and cries together. For many housebound crocheters, it’s their extended family. Or, in some cases, the only family they have.



God gives us all unique gifts and talents. Mine is crochet.

Who would have thought that this portable, compact craft could be so life changing?



 
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