December is a wonderful month filled with celebrations and
gift giving. This year I gave my mother a project bag, several luscious skeins
of worsted weight alpaca, and the promise of teaching her how to read a
pattern. She has knitted and crocheted from sight and her own imagination for
years, but this year is the year for her to learn to read written patterns.
Teaching someone to crochet is a fabulous gift that contains
to give joy and creativity long after the wrapping paper has been thrown away,
the decorations have been taken down, and normal life has resumed. I heard a
wonderful story of a family friend who gave her mother enough yarn for an
afghan, a simple afghan pattern, and crochet lessons for Christmas. Her mother
was looking at several months of boring bed rest with lots of time to fill. The
gift of crochet will continue to fill this mother's life with peace and
creativity in the coming years.
My niece turns seven the beginning of the New Year. She is
beginning to show a real interest in crochet, so I am planning on teaching her
to crochet. For her birthday, I am giving her a couple of skeins of yarn, in
bright pink and purple of course, several large hooks, a few fun notions, and
several crochet lessons. I can't wait to share my love of crochet with the next
I am already putting together a list of simple projects for
her to make. Perhaps the In a Jiffy Juggling Balls, or she can make her own hat
and scarf with the Peppermint Hat and Scarf pattern also in the Beautiful Handmade Gifts free eBook. In this coming year, give
the gift of crochet to your loved ones; it will be a gift to yourself as well
as you share your love of crochet.