Maggie's Essay Contest: Finding Balance

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.

Finding Balance

BY: Susanne O’Grady

I learned to crochet when I was about 6 years old–simple things. I did not gather the confidence to really branch out and make more difficult things until my girls were born–motherhood really does inspire. When I became a grandmother, I discovered that I had a flair and talent for design. The biggest blessing that I received from the art of crochet, was not from the beautiful things that I could make using my own or someone else’s pattern that I had bought. The biggest blessing came from the discovery that crochet soothes the soul. I am not a very logical person; BUT, while I am, in truth, a very emotional person, I do possess a great deal of common sense.  I am also a life long sufferer from severe and chronic depression. I discovered that crochet and knitting (especially when I design my own) helps to leech away that excess of emotion so that I can get to a better place in my head.  The absolute best therapy is when I make prayer shawls or blankets because then, I am crocheting/knitting and talking to God at the same time. I pass on my knowledge and skill to anyone who wants to learn so that anyone may know the joy of creating something beautiful–and the peace, which I have found, that comes with it.

Thanks for reading,

Hugs, Maggie

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1 Comment

  • Pam Harris 11 years ago Reply

    That is a beautiful and very true story. I like you have suffered from depression most of my life. It is so soothing to sit and crochet, and the joy that you have created something. My best to you. Thank you.

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