Carolyn’s story is one of the heart, and I’m quite sure many of you will relate to her story. Enjoy my friends.
Who Taught You to Crochet?
I am self taught.
How Long Have You Been Crocheting?
Title: Southern Diamonds Baby Blanket
Why is Crochet More than Just a Hobby to You?
Crochet is more than a hobby to me because it helped me keep it together during the most stressful time of my life. I taught myself to crochet when I was about 12, I think. My mom had a friend that would crochet butterflies on the corner of ladies’ handkerchiefs. I thought they were the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, so I bought a book, yarn and a hook to learn.
My first project were mittens. I wore them forever! I don’t remember making anything else after the mittens. Fast forward a few years, and I made a few baby gifts for friends, hats and sweaters which were all pretty basic things. One day out of the blue, my mother-in-law brings me a big bag of yarn, a complete set of hooks (that I still have) and instructions. She asks if I still crocheted, and I told her I did but never made anything big. She was wanting a queen size ripple pattern afghan. I was up for the challenge! I don’t remember how long it took to make it. I would leave everything at her house and work on it when we were there to visit. Bonus, she would watch the babies while I crocheted. I have the afghan to this day! This was the late ’70’s and it is green’s and gold in color. I made a few more afghans in the following years for presents.
My babies grew older and we were at sporting events, oh and I bought a restaurant too, so I didn’t have time for crocheting any more. After the kids graduated high school we sold the restaurant and moved to Florida (from Ohio). It’s pretty warm here, and I never even thought about crocheting.
In 2011 my husband of 40 years passed away. I was shaken! He was gone and the kids are grown, what am I going to do now? One day a co-worker asked if I knew anyone who crocheted? I told her I used to, and she asked if I would finish a afghan that she had started and was not doing a very good job of it. I said I would love to work on it for her. When I finished it my youngest son asked me to make the same one for him only bigger and in Ohio State colors. After I finished his afghan I thought, I’ll make dish cloths for all my volunteers at work for Christmas.
I am a chef for a Hospice and have over 50 volunteers. When these (projects) were all finished I realized that it was my love for crochet that was helping me deal with the loss of my husband. It’s been 6 years since he passed and not a day goes by that I don’t have yarn and a hook in my hand. That is why crochet is more than a hobby to me. It saved my sanity when I needed it most! I don’t usually sell my projects, I enjoy giving them away as gifts.
Do you have a crochet story you’d like to tell? We’d love to hear it. Just send your answers by clicking HERE for a chance to be featured.
Follow ELK Studio on your favorite social media sites. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram!
You can also register for the newsletter to stay up-to-date on the ELK Studio happenings!