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A Way to Help Others
Created By: Sharon King

My first exposure to crochet and knitting was in my junior high home ec class. I went in to class one day and saw one of my friends crocheting a beautiful daisy afghan. I was enthralled by what she was doing and really wanted to learn how to do it. I asked her if she would show me how and she did. It involved making daisy flowers using a daisy loom and then crocheting the flowers together. I went on to make several afghans and I even taught my grandmother how to crochet. She went on to make several bedspreads. Later on I tried knitting, but for some reason, thought it was too hard, so I put it down for several years, but had continued to crochet as well as doing several other crafts. After I started working in an academic library I noticed one of the librarians always had some knitting with her. She started showing me some of her projects and she rekindled my interest in knitting. I started knitting again, although it was awkward at first as my fingers struggled to get used to the knitting needles again, but soon it felt natural and I was knitting away. My first big project was a vest, then purses, scarves, hats, etc. With the encouragement and help of my coworker, I even managed to learn how to knit socks, something that I never thought I would ever be able to do. My local knitting shop has a program going on where customers can buy their yarn there and knit chemo hats for cancer patients in a local hospital. I decided that this would be my calling. A ministry so to speak, to knit, hats, afghans, preemie blankets, etc. for people in need. I love it and I still do it. I also crochet, but knitting is very relaxing and a stress reliever for me.

Growing up I always had a low self-esteem and thought I wasn't smart enough to do very many things. There were so many things in the world that I wanted to do, but felt I couldn't do them. Then I discovered crochet and knitting and other crafts and immediately understood what I was meant to do. I wanted to do something to help others, so when I learned about the chemo hats, and preemie hats, afghans, etc. for cancer patients, I knew this was my way to show God's love to others. What better way to help others by doing something I love and that is also helping me by reducing my stress? I've heard that God gave everyone a gift and I feel that this is my gift.

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