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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Discovering Crochet

My mum was a knitter and taught me how to knit from a young age but I actually taught my Mum how to crochet!!

When I was about 8 years old my best friend at school was called Megan. We were inseparable and I spent a lot of time at her place. Her grandmother was a lovely lady and was constantly making something. One day she sat us down and showed us how to crochet a simple granny square . Ooh I was hooked (excuse the pun!) and there started my love of crochet. I have swayed back and forth between knitting and crochet through my life.

My Mum was a little intrigued and wanted to have a go so we sat down and had our first lesson. Mum being a pretty dab hand with the knitting needles quickly picked up how to wield the hook and she also alternated between the two from then on.

Crochet was a great comfort to my Mum and also my family in her last few months of life. As Mum's cancer advanced she became unable to do a lot. Her vision became impaired due to radiation side effects and she spent many hours sitting in her comfy chair...with her crocheting as company.

 She was able to crochet a simple granny square fact she actually crocheted many large granny square for each of her five children and eight grandchildren. My blanket was the last one to be finished only a few weeks before she died. It would have to be one of my most precious keepsakes fifteen years later.

These blankets were also a great comfort to my older children through their grief. Each night I would tuck them into bed wrapped in their 'Nana blankets' to keep her close and cuddly. They still use these blankets in winter and I hope that each time they do brings back that memory of her.

We crochet daily for our family, pass on as gifts or sell our creations. I don't think we realise how much history and memories we are also creating.

Anny :)


Juanita said...

Hi there a, I found my way here from my blog! I'm just getting to grips with it all, like you! I love this post which has made me resolve to make blankets for my children. I think my daughter will choose a ripple! J x

Juliab said...

Hi Anny, thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. Glad you like my blanket. You're right, it will be a ripple next! What a lovely post about your mother and her love of crochet. I am currently trying to make blankets for other people - my Mum, my father in law (who has just undergone chemo) and my daughters. It's nice to think that they will appreciate the blankets for years to come. x