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Keeping My Sanity
Created By: Jo-Ann De Repentigny

Spring 1984. My Father by this time had spent 7 months in an active treatment hospital where I visited him every day and was actively involved with his rehab from the damages from an aneurysm. During my evening visits and weekend visits when he was resting, I decided I needed to to doing something more productive than just reading. A co-worker of mine was a crochetter and so I asked her if she could teach me. Many lunchtimes she would sit with me and show me the stitches that I needed to know. From past experience, I was all thumbs! Anyway, she sent me home on a Friday afternoon and told me just to practice a single and double crochet and my tension and see how much I got done on the weekend.
I worked on the 'lap rug' every chance I got on the weekend and was very proud of what I had accomplised in a very short time. Monday, at work my co-worker was excited to see what I had created. She was surprised at how much I had crocheted. Upon examening the stitch I had used, she asked what it was. I told her and showed her what I had been doing. Somehow, I had managed to creat a 'new' stitch that was a mass of knots! I was devastated as I thought I was doing a fantastic job. Needless to say, that little lap rug never came apart and my Father used it for several months. He actually didn't understand how much love went into that project.
Now that I had mastered the technique, and understood what a single and double crochet actually was supposed to look like, I spent many hours making lap rugs, blankets for adults and baby gifts. My Father spent another 2 yyears in an Auxillary Hospital here in Calgary. I still visited him everyday and in the evening when we just sat and watched TV or looked at the wonderful view from the family room, I would sometimes sit and crochet. A few of the men in his unit ended upwith blankets that I had made. My Father had several blankets and lap rugs.
As I write this story, I have realized that since 1984, every co-worker of mine who had a baby received a baby blanket from me. Many friends and family members have received these items as gifts or 'just because i wanted to make something'.
Over the next 13 years I made about 100 blankets. 1995, my husband was sent to Newfoundland for a year by his company, thus I had much spare time on my hands. As a result, I made and donated 50 blankets in various bright colours and sizes to the local Children's Hospital. I even made my husband a blanket for his apartment as he found this was almost as good as having me around.
In the last year my new place of employement has had a baby boom, a have many of my friend's children...all of them have received blankets as gifts. I now make what i call the baby bucket blankets, which are small blankets that Mom's can keep in the car if baby's need something warm. Both my god-daughters have them, and the eldest who is 6 years old, still likes to snuggle with it on long drives. Some of my husband's co-workers have also received baby blankets, too.
I always have a project on the go. I currently have 29 boxes of yarn (2 and 4 cubic foot boxes) in our basement. I also have 7 super large storage containers filled with completed projects from baby blankets, lap rugs to large afghans and even dishcloths!
Crocheting has been very theraputic for me over the years. During recovery from a car accident it helped me to stay relaxed during my recovery. This past year, I had cancer and again crocheting helped to make me focus on something other than myself.
I don't know what I would do without this hobby that has added a new dimension to my creative skills. This summer, my go-daughter Delaine wants to learn how to crochet, and I will be more than happy to pass onto her those skills.
My husband had labels made, which he sews on the completed balnkets for me when a project is finished. My nickname is 'Bunny', so he had the labels made with a picture of a bunny and what i do best 'Bunny Works Blankets' and then my name.
I like to think that over the years the 350 plus blankets have put smiles on faces and perhaps calmed a fussy baby. Friends as far away as Ireland have received these gifts.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

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