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How did knit and crochet change my life? They...
Created By: Carol DeYoung

How did knit and crochet change my life? They are absolutely the most positive and beloved things that I've done in my spare time over the last forty years, and without them life would certainly not be as bright, colorful, or satisfying. I plan on keeping my hobbies going for as long as I am able. To understand this, maybe it would be good to know the history of the women in my life who influenced me.

When my grandmother was very young she learned to knit and crochet from her foster mother and it was something that she embraced and stuck with until she was in her nineties. The arts of knit and crochet became so enmeshed in her life that it was the basis for a little shop that she opened in the basement of her home and kept her well-known in her town for many years, by those looking for fine, handmade items.

When my mother and her sisters were very small, they learned to knit and crochet at their mother's knee and it became a source of great pleasure and enjoyment for all of them, all their lives through. In fact my mother and her sister are still crocheting afghans and knitting baby hats, and they are 88 and 90 years of age.

When I was about 13 years old, my mother taught me to knit and crochet and they became a huge part of my life also. I've made many projects over the years, among them afghans, baby sweaters, booties, hats, scarves, mittens, and slippers. My main love is crochet and I thoroughly enjoy making doilies. I have a nice collection of crochet books, many hooks and needles, and the collection has certainly grown over the years.

I had two daughters, but neither of them ever had any interest in knitting or crocheting, much to my sadness, and I always wondered who I would leave all of my collection to one day. Then, about six months ago, my youngest daughter, who is in her early twenties, being surrounded by friends at work who knit, suddenly became interested in learning the skill, much to my great pleasure and surprise. I taught her basic knitting and she instantly fell in love with the pleasurable pastime, first making scarves for friends, dishcloths, and then making baby hats to donate to the hospital for newborns. Recently though, she asked me to teach her how to crochet and it was my great delight to instruct her in making a small granny afghan, as a gift for a friend's baby. She is elated with her newfound hobby and I am extremely proud of her. I am also very happy that now I will be able to leave all of my "treasures" to her someday.

I am so glad that the younger generations seem to be embracing knit and crochet and I truly hope that they will carry on for many, many generations to come, perhaps forever. They are fine art forms that should never be allowed to die out.

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