Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Learning to Crochet
I have always wanted to learn to crochet. When we lived in Minot, ND, I was blessed to have a precious friend, named Sarahlee, who attempted to teach me. She was the youth pastor's wife at our church and she could crochet up a storm--she also made the most beautiful pies you ever saw! She offered to teach me one day and showed me a basic stitch--don't know what it was called, but it is the one shown in the picture above. The potholder in the picture is the one I made 14 years ago--see how very crooked it is?--I couldn't figure out how to count those stitches for nothing. In my defense, I did only have one lesson and I was left handed! I have never had another lesson or attempted to make anything else, but I would really like to. If I ever find anyone that's interested in taking on a leftie who can't count! We only lived in *"Why not, Minot?-- Freezin's the reason!"* for 19 months, so keeping and using this pathetic pot holder helps to remind me of the precious time we spent there and of my friend, Sarahlee! Every time I use it, I remember her. ( I can't believe I actually called it a precious time, since I still have nightmares about getting orders to go back there! I've never been so cold in all my days! It's a good thing the people were great!)

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At April 11, 2007 1:25 PM, Blogger annie said...

An older lady at church taught me how to crochet years ago (pg with Emelia) and I made this huge blanket (I'll try to take a pic) that ended up bigger than it was supposed to be so I gave it to Amanda instead of having it for Emelia. It was special to
Amanda. A few months ago I tried to make something and ended up with a potholder just like yours (crooked and all) and Amanda pulled out that blanket. I was just so impressed with my former self for having done that. It had a pattern and everything! So I called this woman and told her I could use a refresher course along with a knitting session. She agreed. I bought all the supplies and just haven't found the free time yet. I need to do that while she is willing though!

At April 11, 2007 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so not crafty! Can't even sew a button on, LOL.

At April 11, 2007 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I taught myself with a book I got at Wal-Mart! I love it. It is very relaxing. I am working on a blanket for my baby boy right now. Although with all this blogging he will probably be a teen ager by the time he gets it!

At April 11, 2007 5:57 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I love this...:) I just started knitting this past fall, when someone came to our home school group to teach the kids. My hands somehow "remembered" the lessons my grandma gave me back when I was 13 or 14! But I never kept it up back then.
I love it now...but am still not any good at it! Your crocheted potholder looks just fine to me!

At April 11, 2007 9:01 PM, Blogger Mandalyn said...

I never tried it but I am so impressed with you! I did not know that you can do that! I'm learning more about you all the time--I like that!:)

At April 12, 2007 3:23 PM, Blogger In Pursuit of His Call said...

Just like Judi, I taught myself how to crochet with a book I bought from Wal-mart. I was frustrated at work because it just seemed that the projects I worked on never came to a completion. So, I started to doubt my abilities to finish projects. Then, a friend of mine who crochets showed me a blanket she made and it inspired me. I told myself that I would learn to crochet just to prove to myself that I can finish projects. It wasn't me afterall causing projects at work to go unfinished. Whew!!! Sure enough, I finished my first blanket in 6 weeks and have made many afghans and stuffed animals since. However, with my pregnancies, I develop Carpal Tunnel, so I haven't crocheted much. To me, crocheting is very relaxing and rewarding when the "art piece" is done. I would encourage you to try again. I think you'll love it!


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