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Struggles with Yarn
Created By: Sandra Valtas

I love handmade things, but the women in my family didn't knit or crochet. So I tried to teach myself from a book.

Learning to crochet was fun and I made a lot of things.

Knitting was hard to learn from a book. I couldn't hold the needles right. But after several years of trying I figured it out, but couldn't tell a knit stitch from a purl when doing ribbing. A lady at the yarn store showed me how to tell the difference.

Making something for my children and grandchildern is such a joy, and I think of them (all live hundreds of miles away) while I'm working on a project.

They love the things I make for them and think that their grandmother can make anything.

I have made baby blankets for my children and grandchildren, sweaters, scarfs, toys, booites, hats, and made untold small stockings for school sales, and school pary favors.

My favorite project was one I did for myself.

I dyed wool yarn using copper pennies (you must use 50 older pennies, before 1970) and 1 cup amonia and a gallon of water, cover. Stir once or twice a day for a week. Then rinse well and let dry. The color will be from a light gray to green. My yarn was a light gray, a color I don't really like. I mixed it with an older eyelash yarn that had very few eyelashes, but were about 1 1/2" long and was black and gray. I knitted a scarf on size 13 needles. And the icky yarn became a wonderful scarf (you can tell

when your son wants it for his grilfried). This is the only thing I have kept for myself.

I am so glad that I didn't give up on learning to knit and crochet. It has blessed my life in so many ways.

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