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My Newest Crochet Passion
Created By: Sue Hoffman

Boy my story goes way back to the late 80's. My first love was sewing, making mother, daughter outfits and sewing for my daughter period. That all ended when she became a teenager, and she didn't want "Homemade" cloths any longer. It was from that decision I had made to find another Hobby and that was when my adventure of crocheting began. I had experimented with making up some pattern with doilies. At this point I didn't know how to read patterns and just did my own thing, which was very limited.

I decided that I needed to really get my hands into learning this new craft, so I jumped in feet first, with gusto I bought my first book on Mile A Minute Afghans, since I knew how to do single and double crochet, I though how hard could this be. Boy did I ever get confused and took me many years of crocheting to fully understand the crocheting words and how they worded their instructions as I felt so robotic at it, but I was determened to learn this new hobby. I did many mistakes and learned from them and just went full speed ahead and not even knowing that right from the start of my learning this craft that I would start with very hard patterns but I didn't know the difference. I would pick out a pattern and was just determined I was going to do it no matter how long it took me. I thought that all patterns were difficult so any of them I would decide to do were hard, so just pick one, I thought.

I usually crocheted for my own benifit, starting on afghans for years and would just give them away, then someone one day asked me why I didn't enter my crocheting into our County Fair? Of course, I had never thought of that, so my first two afghans I entered in 1995 I had gotten Blue ribbons. I was so excited there are no words to describe it. It was then, also, that I had learned that you could not only get Blue Ribbons but there were two other ribbons to obtain after that, but first had to place first in that catagory, well "I was Hooked" after that. I was bound and determined to get me some of those ribbons, "Best of Class" and "Best Of Show" It took time but I have since gotten several of those ribbons. That is the best feeling, when you get one of those.

From there on it was just going from different phases of crocheting meaning doing for long periods of time one article of crocheting from afghans, doilies then doll dresses, hats and at one point just a few years ago when I would crochet my hats and sell them, at the end of the season of selling I would donate my hats to a Cancer Center, that was so rewarding and I have been doing it ever since.

Then just a year ago I was at our State Fair and had come across a hat that was Knitted by someone that was in a "Wool Spinners Guild" the hat was felted. I had never heard of such a thing, I immediately thought it was something only knitters could do. Since I knew how to crochet hats and was so mesmerized by these felted hats I was bound and determined to learn that craft. Determined I was, I was so facinated by this process it has become my passion. My first "Tote Bag" I did just a couple of months ago, I used Lion Brand Wool Yarn, for felting. I was surprised to start with at how large your projects had to be and then when you get the finished piece, everyone I do I am so amazed at the outcome that I just had to keep doing more. My first "Bag" is my favorite.

The thing that I have learned the most is how I could take my passion of just crocheting to something that was a whole new level of excitement and surprise as every new item I make is a whole new relm of accomplishment to the millionth degree that you would have to see to believe.

I can only hope that every new crocheter out there can have the joy, pleasure and the agony of defeat when you have to take out how many rows because you didn'e realise you made a mistake until you were almost done, to the excitement when they find another phase of crocheting a new project that it keeps them continually interested in their hobby as I did.

Sincerely, The Happiest Hooker out there, Sue H.

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