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A Lifetime of Crafts
Created By: Dee Hale

I was a change of life baby, the youngest of 9. My siblings were all much older than I was, so I was like an only child. That was the year 1922. My Mother was a quilter, so I was always around older women and given something to do to keep me quiet and out of the way. First it was a pad of paper and a pencil, then it was scissors and paste to make scrapbooks to send to the missionaries in China. Sometimes I would tread the needles for the quilters. Somewhere, about the age of six, one of them taught me to crochet. That started it. my brother came home from the Navy and showed me how to make a handbag with thread and knots, which later was called Macarmae. It seemed like everywhere I went people were willing to share their craft knowledge with me. My hands were always busy. As an adult, I worked in the craft industry, teaching shop owners the various crafts. I spent 20 years teaching adult education at the community college level. Now I am 85 years old and spend my time knitting and crocheting for "Stitches From the Heart", which is a nonprofit organization that sends baby clothing to hospitals all over the United States. The hospitals especially need hats to fit premature babies. The commercial ones are too large. Some of those babies' heads are only the size of a lemon and the hats keep the body heat from escaping so that they may grow and heal. The hats must be made of soft yarn with no hard seams so they will not injure thosse precious little heads. "Stitches" depends on volunteers who make these hats as well as other clothing. They also depend on money donations to send them to the hospitals. I am not a very good customer of "Lions" or my local yarn shop, because when I went into this 2 years ago, I vowed that I would do it as long as I did not have to buy yarn. People are so good. As soon as my neighbors found out what I was doing, the yarn bagan to pour in. I showed at a local craft show and suddenly yarn began showing on my doorstep. My local yarn shop has been very generous. "Stitchs" not only served the babies, but they furnish hats for children who have lost their hair due to medical treatmants and sweaters, afghans and hats for homeless children. I am a rapid knitter and have averaged two hats or a sweater a day for the last two years. An afghan takes me longer. I appreciate the patterns that I get from the "Lion" newsletter. So you see, kinitting and crocheting has served me well all my life and now I am able to give back what has brought me such pleasure though all these years.

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