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Charity Crochet
Created By: Carlene Paquette

My best friend Julia convinced me to sign up for a crochet class being offered by one of her friends named Kerry-Anne. I was very unwell at the time and unable to exercise. Crochet turned out to be a welcome addition to my routine. Like many folks hooked on a new hobby, found myself working on my crochet all the time. I quickly had exhausted the gift giving projects within my immediate family (for example, the first Christmas I made over 25 scarves and everyone got a scarf that year as part of their present). Scarves, blankets, kitchen towel sets, dish cloths, purses, baby sweaters, baby dresses, etc. My favourite thing to make turned out to be baby blankets.

I bring my crochet to parties and long meetings so I can stay alert while sitting and listening. It also helps keep me out of the food at gatherings. I have gotten well enough to incorporate exercise back into my life but still do a substantial amount of crochet each week. I crochet most everywhere I go (waiting rooms, airplanes, before movies, on long car trips, etc.) We even have a ladies craft lunch once a week at work where I have been teaching a number of folks how to crochet and helping them with their projects. I also attend Crochet Meetup locally once a month and enjoy meeting with the other ladies and seeing everyone's projects in progress. It is a great opportunity to ask questions and share ideas and resources.

These days most of my crochet items are for gifts and charity projects. Baby items remain my favourite thing to work on. Last fall I delivered 110 baby hats (using the Preemie Stocking Cap pattern which I have memorized) to the hospital, and have been working on another batch since then. Each time someone at work has a new baby I bring in a new blanket. Many more blankets have gone into the mail for my internet friends children and grandchildren. Some of my blankets have been traded to fellow crafters for things they are awesome at making like handmade cards.

Though I have a stack of books, I must say I really appreciate the Lion Brand free patterns because they help me find patterns simple enough for me to follow. Harder projects tend to frustrate me. Since crochet is my outlet I stick with mostly very simple patterns and let the colour choices and wool selection shine.

I have a cupboard full of finished projects and a large stash of wool (I cannot pass a wool sale without buying something). Sometimes I also get wool donations. Last year my friend gave me some wool he found when he was cleaning out his mothers house after her death. After I made the caps from that wool I sent him some pictures. I didn't know it when I started the hats, but his mother used to knit baby hats for the hospital. It was a perfect use for her wool and a nice tribute to his mom.

Crochet has become pretty much a daily addiction and I'm still delighted to finish each and every project. I owe my friend Julia and my teacher Kerry-Anne a huge debt of gratitude for getting me started. There are literally thousands of hours of crochet on my hands/hooks and I look forward to many more in the years to come.

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