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How Crocheting Changed My Life
Created By: Judy Pierce

One needs to maintain a sense of humor and ability to be creative during any situation. Six years ago my 34 year marriage ended in divorce. Even though I was the one that initiated the divorce I still had a really tough time coping with the changes and decisions. I ended up in a two-week, 8 hours a day out-patient psychiatric program. The day consisted of activities, meetings and couseling sessions. We also had a period of time devoted to crafts which I understand was to help us learn to concentrate, learn a skill and for enjoyment. The entire program was an entirely new experience for me so I hardly knew what to expect and went along with the program. I can't remember what our first craft project was but I know it was something quite simple. The second day project was painting and construction a napkin holder from craft sticks. As I was sitting there painting and gluing the thougth stirring around in ny head was there has to be a better project than this. Actually my thought was "this is really dumb". So I decided to share the purse I had recently crocheted with the group. I explained to them that I had made it using a crochet hook and yarn and would that perhaps be a project I could share in the future. The idea was met with enthusiasm. Some had never crocheted or knitted and several had done so in the past. The next day I brought in a selection of hooks and yarn and soon had those interested busy learning the basic single and double crochet and how to read a pattern. By the end of the two weeks program many of the clients had completed a purse and were excited about new projects. Quite some time later I ran into one of the clients and she was excited to share her latest crochet project with me. The men and women in this out-patient program came from all walks of life; affluent, middle class, some with no families and no home, talented artists, homemakers,bankers. We were all encouraged to help and share with each other and I feel that by sharing my enjoyment in crocheting it helped at least one person learn a new skill and the confidence to begin and finish an item they could use and be proud of. And maybe start a life long enjoyment of crocheting. I have been crocheting since I was 16 years old, so that means I've been doing so for 44 years. And I have another 44 years of patterns and projects planned.

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