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knitting; sometimes a chore and sometimes lots of love
Created By: Lin Loerzel

Hi all:

I started to knit at 8 years old but only scarfs as I had to rely on a elderly neighbor to help me learn and I was persistent and I did scarfs for approx. 7 years; nothing else as I was only taught one stitch; so scarfs it was and everyone that I knew got one. When I was 16 and going to have a baby we had moved to a new location where again a elderly lady took me aside and said ITS ABOUT TIME YOU LEARNED ANOTHER STITCH; IN FACT MANY MORE STITCHES. So, during my pregnancy I learned to make sweaters, those coats with teddy bears on. This lady was something else. If you twisted a stitch or dropped one instead of showing you how to correct it; she pulled out all the work right down to the beginning and if your mistake was at the end of the sleeve and you twisted a stitch the whole sleeve went. She always said THIS WILL TEACH YOU FASTER IF YOU DO NOT GET OFF EASY. Well, I learned to this day not to drop stitches or twist stitches and I knit slippers for craft sales, dishcloths, baby clothing and the profits go to bird rescue which is what my husband and I do. We are on pension and subsidize it with the profits from our crafts. The one lesson I learned during my pregnancy was do not knit when tired or cranky; and do not do too fast. When you have had a sleeve taken out as many times as I did you never make that mistake again and to this day I do not drop stitches or twist them and have learned many other stitches along the way.

When I was 40 years old I learned to crochet by a friend of mine who taught me to crochet on a margarine container which we punched holes in the top and made a skirt and put candy canes in it. The stitches she taught me were double crochet and single crochet which gave me the confidence to go on. Many people over the years tried to teach me but I could not get the hand of it and always thought it was because I had been knitting for so many years but not the case; just needed the right person to find me something of interest and easy to make the first time. I stayed all day at my friends home as she would not let me go home until I had made this craft and now that she has passed this is a beautiful memory for me; something which as I am writing this I am still smiling for the gift she gave me was not just learning to crochet but a lot of love and friendship.

Todate I knit and crochet for the homeless, preemie hats for the hospital, plastic shopping bags to make pads for the homeless to sleep on, and many other things. I have 8 grandchildren which all had homemade sweater sets which they came home from the hospital with and 2 great grandsons which also came home from the hospital with homemade sweater sets.

We live in Edmonton and it is cold here so over the years lots of warm wear have been made and along with that goes warm memories.

So, go out and make memories.

Thank you.

Linda Loerzel

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