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I Found an Old Friend
Created By: Kala Hannay

My grandmother was an avid crocheter, and my aunt loved to knit, so I was exposed to both at an early age. I treasure some of the pieces I still have from both of them even though they have passed on. My mother was more into embroidery and still does today.

My grandmother passed away when I was five so I had no teacher until I learned how to knit and crochet in 4-H back in the 70's. I took some more classes in the 80's after I was married and had become a homemaker for a few years. I always enjoyed it, but never realized how learning the stitches and methods would help me when I needed it. I preferred crocheting over knitting but none the less had done some of each. It was basic projects like wash clothes, some doilies, but nothing complicated.

It was 2004 and I had some major surgery. I was at home struggling. My head, after the drugs had worn off and the pain pills were not as strong, was needing a challenge, but my body was telling me to rest. I had developed a nasty infection and was going to the doctor almost daily which was about as much activity as I could handle in a day. One of my friends called me one day to see how I was doing. I told her I was "going nuts". She said, "You should start Knitting. Have you ever heard of Fun Fur?" That is what planted the seed.

My husband dug out some patterns, and yarn, and I started with crocheting baby booties and a baby blanket for a friend who just had a baby. Soon my niece saw what I was doing and asked for some washclothes. I crocheted them. Then I called the lady in the local yarn shop and asked her if she had "Fun Fur". She said she did and she would get everything ready if someone would pick them up. One of my friends was coming to see me so I asked her to stop by. I made several scarves and when I was well enough to make a trip to the shop, she gave me all sorts of ideas.

I have been knitting and crocheting since and have made some really cool projects. I still make scarves, have done some more kitchen items, ponchos for some of the little girls in our life, knit a poncho for a little boy, made prayer shawls and am going to work on a felt purse real soon.

Finding knitting and crocheting again was like finding an old friend. I remembered a lot of the basics and it has blossomed into a long lasting friendship! If I can't sleep, I work on a project. It stays by my side and goes with me when I know I may be away from home over night. Whenever I go to the doctor for my check ups I take along one of my projects. I usually make some progress, but several people in the waiting room ask questions about what I am doing and about the yarn. I made some things for our churches silent auction a few weeks ago as well. People who don't knit or crochet think it is difficult to do. I've convinced a few to give it a try. One of the last people started with a small kit and now is on her first afghan.

I'm glad that my 4-H leader got me started because little did I know, long after she was gone, that what she taught me will be with me until I'm gone, and hopefully those who I have taught will carry on to generations after I'm gone too.

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