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Crocheting for Life
Created By: Sharleen Flores

I have been crocheting since I was five years old. It is something the women in my family have an affinity for. Throughout the years crocheting would be like a wave. At the swell I could be crocheting like a mad woman. In the lull not very much would get done. Around 1995 after I crocheted my children bedbreads from rug yarn I began having problems with my right hand when I crocheted with yarns-so--I gave up the yarns. I kept crocheting wth threads but, I just wasn't as enthusiastic about it anymore. Then in 2005 I decided I really, really, really had to give up smoking. So I began crocheting doilies like there was no tomorrow. Then came the table runners, tableclothes, pot holder, wash clothes, toys... In November 2005 I received the call we all dread. My beloved Mama only had two to four weeks left. It was cancer and it was working fast. (Thank you Lord Jesus.) I drove seven hours to spend Mama's last weeks with her and care for her. When I arrived Mama was crocheting for the great grand babies and the newest grand baby. She asked if I would go to Ben Franklin's and get her some yarn. I did. Since I was there I decided I would give yarn a try again, so I picked some up for myself. I spent 20-22 hours a day in Mama's room for the next three weeks. Sometimes we would crochet together, sometimes I would crochet as she rested. As Mama got weaker I crocheted faster. As if I was racing with time. God took Mama home. My spirit rejoiced, but the daughter in me was so overcome by grief I was in physical pain. I thought I could never get through each day. My husband and my children could not console me. I crocheted with a vengence. Crocheting became my therapy. Since November 2005 I have crocheted over fourty afghans, about sixty or so doilies of all types, table clothes, dolls, toys ..., and I have begun my own private prayer shawl ministry. It's just me praying for women who are in need of God's grace while I crochet them a shawl. When I give them their shawl there is no fanfare. Just the way I like it. For at least one of these women I know that small gift of a prayer shawl has changed her life. Rocky is battling throat cancer and the prognosis is not good, but she smiles daily as she proudly wears the shawl that her husband's co-worker made for her. Gary tells me that it brings her much physical and spiritual comefort. Oh and lets not forget the babies! I have two nephews on the way who have a load of blankets waiting.

Crocheting has helped me to keep my sanity, to fight depression and to quit smoking. Lion Brand has kept up with my need for beautiful patterns. (I have yet to duplicate a pattern for any thing.)

I am so blessed. Thank you Mama.

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