My mom loved to crochet. She crafted beautiful scarves, blankets, hats, hotpads, dishcloths and more. I never fully appreciated the work that went into creating these works of love. When my mom passed away from Leukemia last month, I decided I would teach myself to crochet in memory of her.
I joined a ton of Facebook crochet groups and read what I could about it. I was on a mission to figure crocheting out. It didn’t take long before I was able to do the basics. I couldn’t believe I was actually crocheting and teaching myself to do it. Of course, I wasn’t all alone in my adventure, I had YouTube to help me.
I recently completed my very first project-a dishcloth with a small loop to hang it from. It was silly of me to add that loop since I don’t have any hooks near our sink, but I like small details.
It isn’t perfect, but I learned from it and I’ve already started another dishcloth. This one will be a gift for my mother in law. I’m excited to get this one finished and move on to a new project. I’m thinking a mug cozy or earbud holder might be next.
Little did I know how many memories would come rushing back. For example, as I stretch out my arm to pull out more yarn while crocheting, I can see my mom doing that motion when I was a kid. I remember her counting out loud, just like I do now when my poor husband tries to talk to me while I’m in the middle of a row. Man, I wish she could see what I’ve made and teach me…
For those of you who don’t crochet, I highly recommend looking into it. I find it very relaxing and a good way to cope with the grief from my mom passing. Also, Crochet Concupiscence has a ton of links to articles about how beneficial crocheting can be.