Crocheting Brings Pleasure and Pride

Mastering the art of crocheting takes practice and patience.

| November/December 2009

Crocheting Brings Pleasure, Pride

Crocheted items, such as these potholders, make wonderful gifts for family and friends.

Shutterstock/Donna Wells

When I was about 20 years old, I met my soon-to-be fiancée’s grandparents.

As I sat in their house and sipped iced tea, making small talk with his grandmother on a Sunday afternoon, the bright summer sun streamed through the slatted blinds and inspired confidence in both of us. Soon we began to relax, and when she set her tea glass down, my attention was drawn to her hands. They were knotted, had age spots, and the skin stretched tight over the bones.

Watching me take note of her hands, she said, “Let me show you something, my dear.”

She stood, and I followed suit. My curiosity was fully aroused as I followed her into her bedroom. She stopped just inside the door, and there on her bed lay the most beautiful bedspread I had ever seen. Moving closer to get a better look, I saw tiny, intricate circles the size of silver dollars joined together flawlessly to cover the entire surface of the bed.

“Do you like it?” she asked with obvious pride in her voice, and I immediately knew that she had made it.

“I love it,” I replied.

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