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Laughter in stitches
Created By: Linda Hagerman

My Grandma was blind from the time I was 2. She had learned to crochet when she was a child and thought she could do it even though she could not see. She would go shopping for yarn with a sister, and later when I could drive, or me. I would describe the colors and she would decide what she wanted and how many and then home with the bag of yarn. She would ask for the yarn one color at a time. The first color she would put 1 safety pin in the labels, the second 2 pins, and so on until all were marked. She taught me to crochet when I was 16 or 17. I thought if she could crochet even though she was blind then I sure could learn because I can see. My first project was so wavy on the sides that it eventually became the blanket my husband laid on under the car when he was working on it. My Grandma made afghans for all of her children and grandchildren-over 27-and booties and scarves for the tree at church for the less fortunate at Christmas. She made a skirt and sweater following the feel of her favorite wool skirt and a jacket. The Sweater turned out to be a masterpiece. On of the women in her church took it home and lined it and sewed on lovely buttons for her. She wore it until she passed away at 85. My aunt has it and it still looks like it was just made.

Fast forward to when my husband and I didn't have a lot of money for Christmas presents and I decided to crochet 5 different afghans in different patterns and colors for our siblings. One evening when he was getting ready for work I was on the phone with my Grandma and crocheting at the same time. (I propped the phone between my shoulder and ear). I noticed a mistake about 4 rows down and told Grandma that I had to rip it out because it messed up the pattern and it was pretty obvious. So, there I am ripping out rows and chatting to her when my husband walked passed and asked "What are you doing?" I gasped and before I could say anything, Grandma said: "Ripped out too much, didn't you!" I had ripped out about 10 rows by then. I made the observation that it sure

takes less time to rip than to put in. She got a big chuckle every time she told the story - and she told it often! We still have 3 of the afghans she made. They are over 35 years old and still look nearly new!

Since I've grown up, I have learned to quilt, cross-stitch and knit, along with scrapbooking. I've taught co-workers and friends to crochet and at church we have quite a few women making Prayer Shawls from a pattern I provided with instructions.

I love having projects going all the time. It never gets old and is pretty calming to create something without being on deadline.

Oh, I have crocheted in the dark, and it is amazing that you can do it without looking.


 
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