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How has crocheting and knitting changed my life?...
Created By: Shaina Caudill

How has crocheting and knitting changed my life? Where do I begin!

I come from a crafty family -- my mother and grandmother owned a Quilt business. Therefore, I've grown up around all sorts of craft festivals. Nothing ever really stood out to me. My mom taught me how to knit when I was around 9, and my grandmother started even earlier with crocheting. I never picked them up though, I just sort of learned, made a potholder and was like "Oh, that's nice!" then moved on. As the years went by I found other ways to occupy my time.

When I was 15, I had a very boring school year. For some reason (which to this day I cannot remember), I picked up my knitting needles. I joined Lion Brand's newsletter, and discovered charity work. I found baby bootie patterns and I started pumping them out. I loved it, but I hadn't found my passion. Then one day, I was with my grandma and she suggested I crochet a baby blanket for my Hope Chest. I agreed, and she (along with my mother) re-taught me the stitches. So, my obsession began.

I made one blanket, it was lopsided, it stretched wrong on one side, and the border I chose to do took longer than the blanket itself. But to me... it was the most gorgeous creation ever seen. My grama praised it, she told me it was beautiful. I still show it off as a prized possession, even though my now trained eye can see how truly bad it is.

As I moved through out high school, I continued to crochet. I would crochet in classes so I would pay better attention, I would crochet in between classes to have something to do.

Now I'm a college sophomore, and my stress levels are through the roof. I'm trying (and succeeding! I think...) to graduate with a double major and a double minor in 4 years. I don't have the time to crochet that I did in high school, but I do have several "projects". Whenever I'm so stressed out that I feel like crying, or that I need to scream, or that I just really can't do what I want to do with my life, I grab one of my project bags and pick up my crochet hook. It continually amazes me the calm that engulfs me as soon as I wrap the yarn around my fingers. It makes me feel like I'm home, in my Grama's living room.

My Grama passed away when I was 17. As we were cleaning out her house we(my Mother and I)we discovered all sorts of crocheted doilies that she had made in years previous. I keep one in my dorm room to remind me of her, and the others are stowed away in my hope chest.

I may never have picked up my Grama's love of hand quilting, gardening, fishing or hiking... but I did pick up her love of crocheting. Whenever I do, I feel close to her, and I know that I will continue to remember her as I continue to crochet.

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