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Created By: Dorothy Miller


I learned to crochet when I was a child at my mother’s lap. At the time it was intriguing, and a challenge but, as with most children, it didn’t hold my interest long because something new came along that drew my young attention away. Life was full of fascinating things and non-stop activity.

Young adulthood kept me occupied with a job and romantic relationships; there was no time for sitting around in those exciting days.

Then I married and life became increasingly complicated and stressful, full of children, schedules, illnesses, problems, and insecurities. There was never any room for quiet alone times or self-indulgence; everything and everyone, it seemed, was demanding my attention and my time. Sometimes I wanted to disappear, just fade away, so I could get some time alone, some place I could find peace and quiet.

One day, suddenly, divorce became my reality. Overnight it seemed I had nowhere to turn to learn how to cope with so great a loss. Where was consolation? Where was help for survival?

That was when God brought crochet back to my attention and into my heart in the form of a thoughtful loving friend. Gail often came to sympathize with me and encourage me during my moments of misery. One day she brought her needlework with her.

“Seeing as we’re passing time, I thought I’d work on my crochet,” she said. She showed me a lovely lacy top she was making for a niece. The delicate fanciful work fascinated me and she took me through the steps I had long since forgotten.

“Why don’t you try it, I’ll leave my needle and cotton here ‘cause I’ve finished this.”

With that, Gail left me while I was still under the spell.

My loneliness forgotten for the moment, I picked up the work and tried to follow the written instructions she had left.

Soon I was immersed in my new handiwork, using the crochet to escape the heartache and disappointment of divorce.

From that moment my life changed. It slowly dawned on me like a new morning; I was not completely broken! As I submerged myself deep into the craft I marveled at how I myself could create beauty and usefulness and through it my soul could be restored again

Then and there, I made a decision to bring crochet into my hideaway. It became a healing art, full of therapy - a form of meditation without blame or regret. There was no room for guilt or introspection as my mind opened to the endless world of handiwork that was launched for me.

I believe that we were created to be creative. At a time of brokenness I found restoration and healing through careful repetition of stitches formed by the imagery of creation.

These days, I teach my neighbor’s children to crochet and to knit. It’s a new source of pleasure to watch the wonder in their eyes as they “make something”! I’m opening doors for these little ones, just as crochet opened a new life for me.

Later today, I will reward myself for a chore completed by giving myself time to sit and crochet.


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