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An unexpected "hand-me-down"
Created By: Marjorie Meredith

Even from a young age, I was involved with crafts. After my parents' divorce when I was 9, I moved in with my dad & his new wife. We weren't allowed to have a TV so I had to find alternative things to keep me busy. My step-mom taught me to cross-stitch & embroider and my mom tried to teach me how to crochet. All my mom new how to do was granny squares so I became an expert at crocheting them and made my very first small pillow with them. As I grew older I left it behind and found other things to do with my time. My step aunt came over one time and she was crochet a blanket and I thought it would be a good time to learn a new stitch but she didn't stay for long and I couldn't quite get it. Needless to say that was an eternal WIP that never got finished. I would try to work on blankets on my own but could never get anything finished because the rows would get uneven. I finally gave up completely because I was discouraged that I couldn't get anything done.



Many years later after I got married and had a baby, I worked at a customer service center and several people would crochet in between phone calls. One lady in particular worked close to me and she was working on a diagonal afghan that did not involve rows being straight. I asked her to show me how to do it and it was really easy. I was able to complete my first afghan! This encouraged me and spiked a new interest in crochet. I picked up an "I Taught Myself to Crochet" book and learned all of the different stitches. I was able to learn how to read patterns before too long.



One day one of my close friends that knew I crocheted asked me to make a christening gown for her soon-to-be born daughter. She had seen a website online that had them for sale but they were very expensive. I had done very little crocheting with thread - a doily or two and an awkward ornament for my tree but I decided to take the challenge. I completed the dress as well as a bonnet & booties and it was the hit of her shower. In fact it was the only item that was passed around for everyone to look at. Since then I have crocheted many christening gowns and have gotten much better at it. Everyone is amazed at the quality of my work.



After all this time, my mom reminded me that my grandmother - her mom - used to crochet doilies all of the time. I did not get to spend much time with her while she was alive and did not remember that she crocheted. She said that my grandmother would be proud of me. It's almost like she was looking down at me from heaven and passing on her love of crochet through the hands of others. Definitely an unexpected "hand-me-down"


 
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