Friday, July 25, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Kathryn Vercillo's article about Vicki Sulfaro and Healing Through Crochet, along with Samantha Nerove's article about Combat Crochet brought crochet full circle for me: When I first learned to crochet, it seemed that many folks considered the craft to be historically for injured people during their convalescence, keeping brain-injured people occupied, soothing for shell-shocked soldiers, and, of course, for old women churning out an embarrassing number of doilies that set the neighbors to gossip. As a child, I did not know any of that. I just liked the power of working one stitch at a time, the basic complexity, and the process. As we work to heal in a world of pain, it is good to see crochet taking its traditional place again along with all its modern creativity. I haven't seen the blog about this issue refer to these articles, yet.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Working in yarn shops, I met little old ladies from the old country, who came in looking for yarn or buttons or needles for their next project. Their English was accented. They were from all over: Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, Western Europe -- just not from around here. They would bring in something they had made as a sample of what they wanted to get more of or to match. Other customers would gather around and be amazed by the wonderful knitting. Another customer would ask, "Where did you get the pattern for that?" And the lady would shyly reply, "Oh, I am not clever enough to read the patterns. I just knit."