Sharing the Joy of Crochet


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There is a little girl in my church who's been bugging me about those "sticks" that I often have in my bag.  "What's that?" she has often asked.  You know you've got them, when they begin to stare at what you're doing and don't say a word.  They've got the same crafty bug.  (Let me pause and say that no, I do not crochet or knit in church, but if I have to wait on someone afterwards I often have a project to do.  Plus when we have out of town services and I carpool with someone, I crochet or knit while riding.)  Ok, back to the story.

So, this little girl has been asking me what I was doing for probably two years.  And now that she's six, we finally had a crochet time together.  But check this out.  Somehow her kindergarten teacher assistant managed to teach her and four other students how to do the chain stitch last year.  So part of my work was done...if she remembered.  And after I demonstrated, she did!

We sat around my Mom's kitchen table with yarn and hooks.  And I listened to all kinds of silly stories with giggles in between.  It's amazing what you can think up at age 6.


First we were making a bracelet (my idea), then it became a necklace, and somehow now it's going to be a scarf for her Mom (her idea for sure) because we're only using practice scrap yarn and it surely won't make an entire scarf.  I guess we'll have to learn how to change colors too.

So, in the end we have one long chain, which we counted together, and a second row of beginning sc stitches.  "This is kinda hard," she says.  So we do the stitches together with my hands over hers, guiding that hook through the foundation chain stitch.  When that part is done, she can yarn over and complete the rest of the stitch.


My little pupil even brought the ziploc bag of practice yarn, her first piece, and her new hook to church.  "We can't do that in here," I whispered.  And now, her 10-year old cousin is interested and her little sister wants to know if she can have some sticks too.

What have I gotten myself into?  But I love it!

p.s.  Please pardon these cell phone pictures, but it's all I could do.  Everytime I picked up my cell phone, it meant I had to put down my hook and my pupil was getting impatient with that.  lol

Happy Crafting,


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6 comments:

  1. How fun! I love seeing children do crafty things. Your pupil will never forget her learning session with you!

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  2. I learned to crochet from my mom! I have not done it in years...

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  3. You are such a sweetie Libby! But I already knew that. :)

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  4. That's so sweet of both of you! My grandma got bored of trying to teach me, so it was off to the library for me...But it's wonderful that she's interested in it and that you have the patience to teach her as well. No rest for the teacher, eh? :)

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  5. I love this story! It's so cute that she wanted to learn from you. I wish someone had taught me how to crochet when I was younger.

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