Maggie's Essay Contest: Adventures in Crocheting

Although Maggie has selected the top three entries, we want you to nominate your favorite essays for the People’s Choice award. The recipient of the award will win a package of crochet books and yarn totaling over $100.

To vote, click on the blog article. At the bottom of the article you will see a “Facebook like” button. The entry with the most likes by February 14th, 2012 wins. NOTE: You must have a Facebook account to participate. You can vote for as many essays as you want, but the top three entries do not qualify for this portion of the contest.

Adventures in Crocheting

BY: Penelope Beardsley

If you were to meet me in person, the last thing anyone would think is that I crochet, although in all honesty I have never been able to figure out exactly what one should look like if they do crochet. I am 55 years old and started crocheting when I was 21. As young woman who had failed modern living classes that involved crocheting, knitting and embroidery, I found myself hospitalized for most of the summer and early fall the year I turned twenty one. It was during a stay that was to last ten days, when a young doctor came in to speak about my attitude towards being hospitalized. I explained that I was bored to tears and had read all the interesting books in the small rural hospital. He then asked if I did “girl things”? I promptly informed him that I spent the previous summer back packing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, what did he think girls did. He explained that he was talking about crocheting and knitting. I laughed when the next day he brought in a skien of Cotton Maid white thread, a size 2.5 mm crochet hook and a book called the ABC’s of Knitting, Crocheting and Embroidery.

That summer I crocheted 54 dollies of varying color schemes and sizes and fell in love with crocheting. I have sat waiting in emergency rooms with friends and always been teased about my “bag” of tricks. There are always three or four projects on the go and to this day, although I have crocheted over 40 tablecloths I still do not own one myself. Crocheting has helped me through the death of several friends, amused my father in law while he battled and lost his war with cancer in 2011, mystified and fascinated my brother who lost his battle to cancer just this Mary 2012. It has kept me sane, rational and in a strange way is a comfort thing when my life is spiraling out of control. I imagine this is common to others. I am not writing this to win, but to share my story and love of crocheting. I have taught countless people to crochet including two men and to this day still do not know what someone who crochet’s is supposed to look like.

Thanks for reading,

Hugs, Maggie

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