Crochet Month

Since this is Crochet Month, Disabilities Awareness Month and Craft Month I wanted to do a little digging into the history of crochet.

Shock and suprise, no recorded history before 1800. Here is a link to the Crochet Guild of America’s article on it:

Crochet has been very helpful to me for many reasons. One is it has kept me sane after I became vision impaired in 2001 just before 9/11. There was a call put out in our church for prayer shawls. I did not know how to knit or crochet and said ” teach me and I will” My friend and teacher Carol was very patient with me and started to try to teach me knitting. Unfortunately, my vision and understanding did not allow me to learn knitting. Carol asked” Lisa, would you mind if I taught you crochet instead” So now I crochet. I started with prayer shawls and went to designing tote bags within 3 weeks.

There are a lot of people who said to me you can not do crochet blind. I tell them yes I can. Usually I walk away; I really hate people telling me I can not do something. Some times I pull out my yarn and hooks and say “What is this then?”

I crochet in public whenever I can. A group of us in Fort Wayne will meet at the Firehouse Coffee and Tea shop every other Thursday at 7PM. It is nice to crochet with other crafters. Not all crochet; my husband brings his cross stitch, some knit, some quilt. I also will crochet on the bus, in a car, at church, at meetings I attend, at conventions, anywhere I have time. I multi task as much as possible. Listening, answering or asking questions, writing notes, and crocheting.

I am currently working on more bunny baskets. I have a picture on a previous post. These are fun to do. I use Lion Brand’s Amigurumi Bunny Basket Pattern #: 80092AD It does not say how to put together the ears and handle. You really need pipe cleaners (wire with fuzzy things on it) in the ears to keep them standing upright. In my first photos, I used stuffing to fill them up and tacked it to the handle. Creativity away… I was asked to do a peach bunny basket. It is in the works.

Have fun with your own projects this month.


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