A few days back I shared my story of how when and where I learned to knit and crochet. A few days later I shared Sandie P from Louisiana story. And now I'm sharing a beautiful story from our friend, Marjorie M. It truly touches me, and while I knew some of this from our first couple of email exchanges it still touches me to think about it again. Here are Marjorie's words.
No really big exciting story here. I learned to crochet because they told me I couldn't, due to being left handed. Elder Aunts and my Mother taught my sisters but not me. I watched from across the room and could see it in reverse. Did it opposite of the right handers. I crocheted basic stuff for a few years then quit when I got married and had two babies and a job.
My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer on May 9 , 2011 he passed away on June 19th of the same year. That was such a confusing, tragic time for me that I was looking for something to keep me sane. My younger sister sent me some yarn and a hook and I started crocheting again. I am not good at it, but can't even tell you the number of hours I spent sitting in his chair crocheting. Really believe it saved my life. When I came across your charity by accident, it seemed like something I was supposed to do, being in Ohio where he was from. He loved street people and the homeless and was always stopping to give some guy a few bucks or a cigarette. I am still not able to read a pattern, but make terrific grannie squares, have taken a class, to learn basics,and now belong to a crochet club. maybe I will improve over time.
the reason i check in with you each morning is that my dogs get me up at 6 a.m. when i let them out i get dressed and turn on my computer at the same time. i hit the button to your site as the first thing i look at. then i tweet my granddaughter with a report on the weather for the day, before school. i am a creature of habit. same thing starts each day. therefore when your site is the same for a day or two i notice.
good talking with you, hope you get lots of interesting stories on your new project. thanks again for all you and rae do to help the Ohio homeless.
**Marjorie, you would not be the first who turned to knitting or crocheting for comfort. I had yarn in my hand all the time I sat beside Mom during her long hospital days before she passed. I've read many books who's theme was in fact how they got through my learning to knit or crochet, or the comfort a group brought to them during difficult times. You certainly honor your husband by sitting in his chair and caring for people from his homestate. And, finding my blog perhaps wasn't by mistake...we all are guided, sometimes we just don't know it. We're thrilled you've joined us, and shared your touching story. Don't sell your crochet skills short my friend.
**please email me your story, how, when, where and why did you learn to knit or crochet?**
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