Ever since the eighth grade, I’ve had a passion for knitting and crocheting. I am seventeen now, and if I could, I think I would crochet or knit twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
As I got a little older, it seemed sad to me that only a very few people my age enjoyed this ancient craft and appreciated it for its uses today. Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz both knit, so why shouldn’t more people my age?
When several of my friends saw me working on a blue and white crocheted blanket at school one day and showed interest in learning how to knit and crochet themselves, I hosted a “Learn to Knit and Crochet” party. It was a huge success! We decided that we needed a name for our group, and the winning suggestion incorporated a fun play on words: The Happy Hookers.
Pretty soon twenty people came to each meeting, and the responsibility rested in my hands to show each one of them how to crochet or knit. After teaching this many people the skill of turning a ball of yarn into a scarf, I understand how scarce patience is in our society, for both teachers and learners. Of course some people had more difficulty than others. A few of the first attempts at creating squares were so misshapen that we just had to laugh and take out the stitches, and some people took several months to crochet a perfect square, but I soon realized that I taught best in a one-on-one situation, where I could figure out how each person would learn the fastest and how I could explain what I wanted them to accomplish.
It was an incredible sight, watching people marvel at all the yarns and fibers and patterns for the first time, and I could tell when someone really understood what she was doing. We even learned yarn balling techniques, and occasionally had yarn balling contests.
After everyone knew the basics, I asked the group if they would be willing to stitch for a charity that donates blankets to children who are being put into foster homes because of abuse or neglect. I received an impressive response, and the idea began to show people how fun crocheting or knitting could be, especially when the end result will help others. Some of these girls donated their first projects to charity, which in my opinion shows outstanding character.
Lion Brand yarn has played an outstanding role in the Happy Hookers, especially Homespun. It’s unique texture and wide array of color selections has made it one of the Hooker favorites. In addition to Homespun, Jiffy is also a favorite because it is 100% acrylic and works up fast, so it’s great for baby blankets!
Thanks, Lion Brand!