I remember learning to crochet when I was 5 years old. I hadn’t started school yet, so I didn’t know how to print or write, much less how to hold a pencil. However, holding a crocheting needle came easy – 3 or 4 easy stitches and you’re on your way.
In those days (and we’re going back a long time ago), doilies were in. Do you remember the pineapple doilies and the popcorn stitch? Every table, couch, and chair was decorated with a doily. From there we advanced to crocheting doll clothes.
Since then, imagination has brought us to a variety of beautiful (and very useful) items. Aside from the relaxation achieved in the quiet time of crocheting (as we all know, it can be done in front of the TV, long rides on an airplane, train, or bus, waiting in the doctor’s office and I’m sure a conscientious crocheter can think of a dozen other places) we’re now finding a lot of useful ways in which we can share this pleasant hobby. We’re finding so many people in need of, and appreciative of, handmade items.
- Newborn babies in hospitals in need of blankets and caps
- Chemo patients in need of hats
- The elderly in nursing homes in need of warm afghans for cold nights
- Gloves, scarves and hats for the homeless
- Crocheted Teddy Bears, Smiley Faces, and Angels for a child in need of a toy
If you want to put your hobby to good use, check out a really great web site called Crochet N More. On the left side of your screen, click on Charities. You’ll find worthwhile organizations across the country. For those of you who are just getting started, check out their section called “help me crochet”.
Good Luck and Have Fun!