I used to crochet quite a bit. When my daughters were small, they always had hand-made hats and slippers. I crocheted a beautiful, lacy dress for Jennifer, when she was two. It was passed down to her little sister, Kate, and then to their much younger cousin, Veronica, before it found a final resting place on one of Veronica’s large dolls. I made child-sized ponchos for my girls, back in the 1980s, when ponchos were popular. I made crocheted Christmas stockings, ornaments, stuffed animals, puppets and other toys. I made lots of small rugs out of scraps and leftover yarns. I started dozens of afghans, but only finished a few of them.

Several years ago, I took up crocheting again. I had agreed to feed my neighbor’s horses while she was away over a wintry Thanksgiving holiday. It was a miserable, cold job! One day, I got back to my house, freezing, and dismantled an old crocheted rug to make myself a warm hat. I worked it the same way I had done hats for my small daughters, with ear flaps and an under-the-chin tie to keep it secure. With four strands of vari-colored yarns. It was ugly, but warm. I wore it off and on all winter and, surprisingly, people loved it. I got requests! I was given mounds of yarn ends and pieces to keep me going. By the following winter, I had made more than a hundred crocheted hats, to give as gifts, and to sell at the Christmas bazaar. Then, I put the materials away again. Other than an occasional small project, my yarns and hooks were unused, stowed away in an upstairs room.

This year, with my new neighbors expecting their first baby, I made an afghan for an infant.

Then, inspired, and with quite a bit of yarn leftover, I made a scarf. Then another…and another.

Then, a pair of slippers out of the last remnants of baby yarn.

And then a few more pairs of slippers.

Finally, an afghan. Worked with a large hook and many strands of yarn, it is colorful and warm. I’ll have it finished in time to send it out for Christmas. I have yarn enough for another, but haven’t decided yet if I have the stamina to continue at this time. I tend to work in fits and starts. I feel like I have to set other things aside when I have a big project going. I want to have time, this winter, to work in my studio. I want time for pots of soup and baked goods, too. Still, crochet is a nice hobby for cold winter evenings. I’ll just have to see how it fits into my free time this coming season.

About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

4 responses »

  1. I loved doing pot holders when I was a child but my Mom was not great at anything textile. What wonderful talent to have!

    • My Mom learned to crochet later in her life, long after I had taught myself. I learned from a book, first, and then my mother-in-law helped me with some of the finer points. If you’re interested in learning, there are some fantastic YouTube videos out there now, that make learning the basics much easier. I’ve learned several new stitches that way, much easier than trying to figure it out from a written explanation! Thank you for reading, and for your comments!

  2. Cindy, I am in awe of people like you who do so many clever things. When my children with small I used to meet at my mother was so good at that, she needed most of the things that they needed jackets, cardigans, et cetera

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