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I have been crocheting ever since I was a...
Created By: Sharon Annable

I have been crocheting ever since I was a little girl, and have always enjoyed the rush that comes from taking an idea from my head and "translating" it into a complete creation. In the last two years, I have embarked on an intensive, self-guided study "course", learning as many new stitches as is humanly possible, and I am continually amazed and delighted by the results. Along with my scarves, I have learned how to make hats, mittens, ponchos, shawls, slippers and purses; and my latest new "project" is translating quilt patterns into crocheted blankets. I always have multiple projects going, which drives my boyfriend crazy (he complains he is forever tripping over bags of yarn by the couch). But he can't complain too much because he has been the recipient of two scarves, a combination hat/scarf, and a queen-sized blanket with 37 different colors in it.
My greatest accomplishment to date (if I may be permitted to brag just a bit) was crocheting 9 blankets in just under a month and a half, along with almost 70 scarves. (Of course I was unemployed at the time!) The blankets were donated to our local fire department and raffled off,and I understand they made several hundred dollars from the proceedings. The scarves I sold or donated.--I currently am trying to crochet four blankets simultaneously, and I have wished more than once for extra hands so I could work on all of them at once. I guess you could say I am a hardcore crochet addict.
My favorite project to date has been the crocheted American flag blanket (4'x6'). My biggest mishap occurred with the same blanket--I had gotten 40 of the stars stitched on; then I realized I had done the rows wrong, so I had to take them all off and start over. But that was my most fun one. I raffled it off, and the recipient was very happy with it.
My boyfriend tells me I am nuts for putting all that work into something only to give it away, but handmade blankets are very popular when it comes to raising money for a cause. Plus I love seeing the joy on the winner's face when his or her ticket number is called. (I raffle my blankets off fairly regularly.) I am able to contribute more that way than I would normally be able to if I just reached into my pocket and pulled money out, and that type of contribution is usually appreciated more than the cash would be. So I am perfectly content.
I have learned more from crocheting than I ever imagined was possible. First and foremost, I have learned to be patient with the process (I am usually rather impulsive). I have learned the rush that comes from donating my blanket to a raffle, seeing both the winner's joy and the organizer's pleasure at the amount of money brought in. I have learned that making mistakes and experimenting are not only part of the process, but are also fun and can lead to completely new project ideas. But, perhaps most importantly, I have discovered the infinite possibilities of this craft. I will never run out of new ideas, and there is a certain reassurance in that.
Am I addicted? You'd better believe it! But it is an addiction I am proud to own up to, and I fully plan to be "hooked" until the day they put me in the ground.

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