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My Grandmother's Legacy
Created By: Jeanne Brennan

My Grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a child. I could never get my tension right and my granny-squares always ended up rippled. I managed to get enough small projects done to complete a Girl Guide badge, but, discouraged, I put aside my crochet hooks for several years. I started crocheting again when I decided to make my mother a round, crocheted tablecloth to dress up her kitchen table for company. I still had to be careful of the pattern I chose as my tension was no better, but I found out that if the pattern is lacy and open enough, it still works. I didn't get that tablecloth finished before my parents moved and sold the table, but I did modify the pattern, finished it to fit a decorator table and gave it to my mother as a gift. Since then I can't seem to stop crocheting, I always have at least one project on the go. I have made numerous baby blankets, baby sweaters, baby hats and baby toys. I've made children's sweaters for my nieces, nephews and my own children. I've made Winnie-the-Pooh characters for the same group of children. I have only made one full sized afghan and may not ever make another. It took too long. My favourite projects are either baby items or things made from crochet cotton. My hobby has allowed my family to give some unique and specialized gifts during some hard financial times. It has also become profitable for me as I have had several people approach me to make specific items on their behalf. Over the years I have learned that you cannot force an interest in crocheting. I have given both my daughter and a niece 'how-to' books over the years, but neither girl has picked up the craft. They both seem more interested in knitting. Oh well. I am forever thankful to my Grandmother for taking the time and making the effort to teach me crocheting - I feel it is her legacy to me. I look forward to the time when I can crochet a christening gown for my own grandchildren. Maybe I won't wait and I'll make it my next project.

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