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My mother doesn't knit or crochet
Created By: Frances Mower

I grew up without either grandmother because both of them died young. My own mother didn't learn to knit or crochet, but she did teach me to sew and do embroidery. When I was 13 or 14 my father's step-mother, who became my only grandmother when I was 8, was staying with us for a few days and she was crocheting baby booties for one of the many grandchildren or great grandchildren in the family. I sat and watched her for a while and she taught me to crochet baby booties the way she did from memory. I still have the first little booties we worked on that time. She even left one of her hooks with me to keep. I was so taken by the craft that I bought some instruction books and learned a lot more stitches and how to follow a real printed pattern. When a cousin was born a year or so later, I went to the yarn store and got a pretty yarn and made her some baby booties using one of the patterns I had found in my books. I went on to become really accomplished with my crochet and still think it is my favorite form of self expression.

When I was in college I wanted a new pair of knit mittens, so I used a book and taught myself to knit, too, but that doesn't satisfy me nearly as much as the crochet does. I still do all kinds of hand work, but crochet is my perfect companion for relaxation and creativity. Recently a male acquaintance commented on how I always seem to have a crochet hook in my hand and it reminded him of his grandmother. I find that I can do my handwork in meetings and in front of the TV, and it makes me pay more attention to what is happening because I know that I have to really listen if I am doing something else. Otherwise, I would probably be daydreaming and miss out on what was actually happening. And, I actually have an end product that reminds me of those meetings, too. I still wear the two shawls that I have made during endless hours at Town Meeting, one recent one and one from 30 years ago. The recent advent of many types of fibers for handwork has made crochet and knitting an adventure and lots of fun. Most of the things I make are given away as gifts or are donated to the church fair. I finally realized that I needed to take pictures of my finished things because some of them went to such far away places that I never saw them again. It is fun to look at those pictures and remember the occasion for which they were made.

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