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It was a warm summer day at my aunt’s vacation home in a place called Michiana. My aunt gathered her daughter, Alice and me together, gave us some yarn and a hook, and taught us how to crochet. I was 11 years old then. I don’t imagine Aunt Anne realized the legacy she gave me that day. I’m 67 now, and the stitches I learned when I made the lacy collar are still part of everything I make (except I traded in the slip knot for a magic adjustable ring). Thank you, Aunt Anne!

I didn’t continue crocheting until many years later when I was in my 20s. I became enchanted with the colorful granny squares and made an afghan.

A friend asked me to make a sweater for her – long-sleeved, Victorian.
I made that sweater in 1995…then made her another one in black. She paid me $125 for the first sweater, and $250 for the second. She was my first…

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  • Born on August 16
  • Joined June 18, 2012

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soft yarns, pretty buttons

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It was a warm summer day at my aunt’s vacation home in a place called Michiana. My aunt gathered her daughter, Alice and me together, gave us some yarn and a hook, and taught us how to crochet. I was 11 years old then. I don’t imagine Aunt Anne realized the legacy she gave me that day. I’m 67 now, and the stitches I learned when I made the lacy collar are still part of everything I make (except I traded in the slip knot for a magic adjustable ring). Thank you, Aunt Anne!

I didn’t continue crocheting until many years later when I was in my 20s. I became enchanted with the colorful granny squares and made an afghan.

A friend asked me to make a sweater for her – long-sleeved, Victorian.
I made that sweater in 1995…then made her another one in black. She paid me $125 for the first sweater, and $250 for the second. She was my first paying customer. I laugh now and, looking at it again in 2012, I’m amazed that I ever crocheted something like that…using Speed Cro-Sheen!

At this time I enjoy designing my own patterns. I call it a “leap of faith” crochet. I envision it, start crocheting it, and when my vision matches reality, a beautiful finished garment results. At other times, when the vision doesn’t match reality…I do the rippit. I’m not fond of rippits, but they are part of the creative process.

I love to crochet! When I crochet, I tend to not eat so much and that’s another plus!

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