In this week’s Crochet Stories learn why Kirsten crochets and what it means to her.
Who Taught You to Crochet?
A lady I worked with many years ago. Sadly, I don’t remember her name.
How Long Have You Been Crocheting?
I’ve been crocheting since I was 20….almost 45 years now. I taught myself how to knit when I was 7 and played around with different crafts for years. My grandmother could do all handicrafts and she was really good so I wanted to emulate her. I mentioned how I wanted to learn crochet and one of the ladies at work offered to teach me. That was in October and I sent my grandmother a full-size ripple stitch afghan for Christmas that year. I’ve been at it ever since.
Why is Crochet More than Just a Hobby to You?
Because I feel a need to give back. My life has been pretty extraordinary and I’ve been blessed to go places and do things many people only dream of. When my first grandson was born and spent some time in the NICU, I learned that the nurses liked the afghans I’d made him-they were good for diffusing the bright lights of the NICU. So, I gave them whatever finished baby afghans I had and made some more. They were doing a good job with my grandson and I wanted to say thank you.
I’ve also made many afghans for family, friends and co-workers through the years. For the past couple of years I haven’t been very mobile. So, to stay busy I’ve been making afghans to donate to various charitable organizations. Being able to give a child something they can cuddle that no one else has makes me happy.