Friday, May 28, 2010

How I became a hooker! (Crocheter, that is!)

So my etsy team, the Create Crochet Team, is doing a series of questions for us to discuss on our blogs for everyone out there to get to know us a bit better.  This weeks question is - 

When did you start crocheting?  Did you teach yourself, or did someone teach you?  Tell us the story of how you became a hooker.

My crocheting I credit solely to my stepgrandmother.  My grandmother had died many years before I was born and my grandpa had since married a sweet lady named Neta.  They lived next door. My grandpa died when I was very young and she was left alone in the little house.  I was the youngest in a large family.  I would often visit her.  She liked to cook, sew, and crochet.  All things which I like to do now too!

I vividly remember her watching Dallas and Dynasty when I visited her in the evening.  She would crochet as she watched her old tube TV.  She started teaching me when I was probably 5 or 6 yrs old, I'm not sure exactly.  She taught me to make granny squares from her scrap yarn.  Eventually I started making hotpads, then I moved onto bigger projects. I would crochet baby sweaters for my nieces and nephews as they were born and often did edgings on receiving blankets that my mom had hemstitched.

Several years after she passed away, my mom brought over a bag of yarn and granny squares that she had received.  I took them all and put edgings on them and made them into a nice afghan.  It brought back a lot of memories of a sweet lady that taught me so much.  Hopefully I can pass it on to someone too!