My Life in Crochet
I have always loved to crochet, but recently it has taken on a new meaning in my life. There is just something completely magical about turning nothing but yarn into something gorgeous with my magic wand (hook). My husband was deployed for most of my extremely difficult pregnancy. On the day my son was born, a very close family member passed away suddenly. I then got diagnosed with a scary, life- changing medical condition. Through all of this I was struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety. Crochet became my lifeline. I loved having something that I could control. I knew how to manipulate the strands to create something truly gorgeous. My son may be over 2 now, but I still crochet when I feel like I am losing my control on the world around me. Crochet is my happy place. Bailey Sims
I discovered how crochet enhanced my life on Feb. 14, 2012, when I slipped on some black ice and fractured my right wrist. It took surgery and weeks of intense physical therapy to get at least some function back, but it will never be the same. A few months later, I picked up yarn and hook for the first time. It was a simple scarf pattern made with scrap yarn. At first my wrist was so weak that I could only do about a dozen stitches at a time before I had to rest for a moment. Eventually it smoothed out— but talk about uneven! My stitches were all over the place! It even has a spot where somehow I ended up with differentcolor yarn. I decided that it coincided with my surgery scar and called it My Broken Wrist Scarf. And I couldn't have been prouder of that achievement. Joann Budy
I'm a 15- year- old that really loves crocheting. I was taught by a very nice woman at a craft show who was selling her crochet projects. I crochet almost every day! My favorite things to crochet are hats, especially ribbed ones. People who crochet are typically labeled as "grandmas," so I want people to know that even younger people crochet! Crocheting really helps me focus and is a way to pass time when waiting. I love that you can crochet almost anywhere, and there are no electronic chargers needed. Crocheting is great for long car rides, flights and when you have to wait for something. Hannah Rose
I started crocheting when I was in high school. My grandma began teaching me, but it was hard since she is righthanded and I am left- handed (also visually impaired). Therefore, I learned to crochet and knit from Youtube and other websites. I found crocheting helped with the stress of college and teaching. I love to make projects for others! Some of my friends call me Grandma! I now teach crochet and knitting to my high school students. It feels great to teach students this hobby! Abbie Butler
Crochet has been a lifesaver!
About six years ago my little family and I were going through a rough time. My husband is a disabled veteran with health problems. We are parents to three young boys and I have an oldest from a previous relationship who lives with his dad. My life contained lot of stress, and I needed a distraction. At first I tried knitting but couldn't get the hang of it; so, I tried crochet and have been crocheting ever since. I crochet while waiting with my husband at his many appointments … and for my own sanity! Catherine Ross
As a busy mom, when I find time to create, crochet is the form of artist outlet that helps me relax. After my child is put to bed, I grab my hook and my yarn and I sit down on my couch and just start the rhythmic movements of the yarn and the hook in and out, up and down. It is calming to my mind to just watch the beautiful color of yarn making something out of nothing. What was once just a ball of yarn is now a holiday ornament, a scarf for someone in the military to provide comfort oversees, an heirloom blanket to keep my loved ones warm at night, or a little hat for a preemie baby in the hospital. Conquering a new stitch pattern and learning new techniques give me a feeling of accomplishment. Darcell Brown