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A Gift from the Past
Created By: Balkcom Carokyn

Some years back, I had an Aunt Hazel that tried desperately to teach me how to crochet. I was left-handed and she right-handed, so you know it was a difficult task to undertake. She and my mother both could crochet the most beautiful angels, bells, tableclothes you had ever seen and I wanted to be able to do the same. Aunt Hazel worked with me over a period of time, showing me how to hold the crochet hook and yard so that when I made my loops I would have a chain. Needless to say after some time, she decided that I would never be able to learn and gave up on trying to teach me.

Time past, Aunt Hazel became sick and could no longer croceht. One night when I was up late, I thought it might be a good time to try to learn again. After a few attempts, I finally understand how a chain was suppose to look and I kept working at it till it was smooth. I started out with a very simple stitch and pattern and before I knew it, I had completed a baby afghan, yellow in color.

A young mother, Sherry, a member of the church was expecting her fourth child, so it was given to her as a baby gift and one for her fifth child. Sherry and I have become good friends and a few years back, I made each member of her family an afghan as a Christmas gift.

For me, crocheting is a release, a way to express myself. I love putting colors together, sometimes making up my own pattern as I go, a one of a kind gift that is never duplicated.

Some where along the way, I started making afghans for birthday, wedding and baby shower gifts, or just to let someone know how much I appreciate them. In all the afghans I have made, there are never two alike. I take great pride in having someone tell me that they love their afghan and use it a great deal. It does not matter to me if they use it for decoration at times, because I too love the idea of having something handmade.

I was not able to have children but feel blessed that I have been given a talent that allows me to cuddle so many babies in such a special way. My ability to crochet may be limited to a few stitches, I do not know all the stitches, but I am able to put together enough that I can produce a gift that will be warmth for years to come.

Maybe one day, I will be able to learn all the stitches, but until then, I will continue working with the stitches that I do know.

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