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Crocheting as a man
Created By: Albert J Madden

Back in 1967 I returned from France serving with the 76th U S Army Band. shopping a large department store my wife saw Irish Knit sweaters and wanted one. At &125.00 I could not afford to buy one so I said I would learn to Knit. At this I failed because I cast on so tight Icould not pass the right needle through to begin knitting.

I the bought a book about crocheting and I found it very easy for tying slip knots was as if I was back in the U S NAVY . I learned the basic stitches and proceeded to make a Poncho.

Now for the big project an Irish Style sweater. Using graph paper and counting the stitches on the Irish knit sweaters I drew a patern and made my first sweater that year November 1967.

Ihave made over 100 of them for the family all the grand children plus friends.

This helped me for I had had paralized hands and fingers. Crocheting was of great help keeping them flexable.

I now design all the sweaters, Afghans and baby outfits. giving me many hours of relaxing and pleasure.

My great displeasure was the loss of Three Ply Sport Yarn. This I used for all sweaters mostly Cardigan with zippers.

Yes as a retired U S Army Sgt. 1005 disabled crocheting is one of my favorite passtimes.

Returning to college in 1976 I gave a speech while crocheting As I talked showing some of my projects Afghans Table cloths and Sweaters and Lacy Dollies. Members of the class wrote notes to me and thanked me for this speech. The professor gave me an :A: and stating that this was the first she had ever given to any student.

Yes one stitch at a time is a wonderful way to pass time and reap many rewards. Researching this craft I learned that it is the oldest craft using string {YARN}and a simple tool to create fabric.

Fabric found in the caves in the Swiss mountains was Carbon Dated 15,000 B.C.

Sgt. 1st Class Albert James Madden, US Army Retired.

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