After receiving a prayer shawl, Mary rediscovered her love for crochet and got hooked again.
Who Taught You to Crochet?
I first learned to crochet when I was still in grade school. My mom and grandmother both tried to teach me, but they were right handed and I was a lefty. Finally, it was my mother’s youngest sister, my Aunt Charlotte who taught me to crochet left handed by sitting facing me.
How Long Have You Been Crocheting?
Although I learned to crochet in grade school, I didn’t do much with a hook until much later. In 2009, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and received a prayer shawl from my church. That shawl went with me to each chemo treatment and I wore it at home to stay warm. I was so touched by the gift, I joined our church’s Shawl Ministry and retaught myself crochet using on-line tutorials – – this time as a righty even though my left hand is dominant.
Why is Crochet More than Just a Hobby to You?
Hardly a day goes by when I do not have a hook in hand [if I don’t my husband thinks I’m not feeling well – HaHa]. I still crochet shawls and lap robes for our church’s Shawl Ministry and love giving handmade crochet items as gifts. Most importantly, a crochet hook and a skein of yarn will take me out of myself and helps greatly with coping with persistent depression. Making something beautiful always makes me feel better.