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I Hooked a Friend
Created By: Ellen M Walsh

I was sitting in the atrium before work crocheting an afghan early one morning, when Doris came down to buy breakfast at the little shop in the atrium. She watched me for a bit, then asked me to make her one. I said no, I wouldn’t, but I would teach her how to make her own. She asked why I wouldn’t make her one. I told her that if I make her an afghan, she’ll have an afghan, but if I teach her how, then she can have as many as she wants in any color she wants.

So the next day I brought in a big shopping bag of yarn and an extra set of crochet hooks and we spent the next couple of months sitting side by side in the early morning making granny squares. Progress was slow at first, but as Doris got the hang of it her speed picked up and her squares improved. Our friend and coworker Rico would comment on all the “potholders” we were piling up! Rico and I were also pleased about an important side effect – the longer Doris and I crocheted, the less Doris smoked!

During this time, Doris had to have by-pass surgery. She told me later that she had her daughter bring her crocheting to the hospital. Working on the granny squares kept her from going nuts while lying in bed, especially since she wasn’t allowed to do anything. And her doctor told her that now she had to quit smoking completely. By this time it wasn’t difficult. The hook had replaced the cigarette. And she came back to work with a completed granny square afghan!

A year later, Doris is still crocheting and not smoking. She has made afghans for her daughter and granddaughters. I think she’s addicted – she goes nuts when she’s out of yarn, just like she used to when she was out of cigarettes. She’s tried her hand at scarves. Unfortunately I’m not much help these days since the company let Doris and me (and many others) go, but she and I keep in touch by phone and compare notes on our projects. And I told her she could go to the Lion Brand web site for free patterns and instructions (step by step with pictures!) if she gets stuck on a stitch I can’t help her with over the phone.


 
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