Encouragement and Testimonials
Here you can read or submit your own humorous stories and bits of encouragement, whether they be nostalgic, mirthful, or thought-provoking. Any memorable, true-life crochet story qualifies, so sit back and relax to read--or submit!
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Monica
Subject: weight loss
Comment: I was 40 pounds overweight. I figured out that I was eating a lot of calories in the evening when I was snacking after work. I had crocheted a long time ago. I started crocheting again to keep my hands busy, and figured I couldn't eat and crochet at the same time. I made 3 afgahns and
lost all of that weight!
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Laura
Subject: learning to crochet
Comment: I tried knitting at first,but found it a little too difficult. I wondered about crochet and went and got myself a few hooks and yarn and taught myself with a little help from the internet. I really enjoy it. I find it very calming and relaxing. The only problem is the patterns. Why so
hard to read? I'm going to keep trying until I get it right. It's alot of fun.
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Denise
Subject: I taught myself too
Comment: A few years ago I wanted to learn how to crochet. So I bought some books and was so confused by the abbreviations. So I taught myself the simplest stitches and began making blankets and hats using double, single, and half double only. Luckily, they all turned out very well. I even gave
some away as gifts! I love making up blankets with no pattern. Now five years later I am starting filet from a pattern on this site and I love it! It's hard learning on your own but so worth it. Now I always look for clearance yarns and my husband cringes when I "run off" to the store. (He never seems to complain though when he gets a new pair of comfy socks!)
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Heather.Rose.Russell
Subject: A great way to spend spare time
Comment: I have been crocheting now for 23 years and I love it. Right now, my favourite projects are small doilies and cross bookmarks which I like to give away as thank you gifts or other gifts. I have also crocheted numerous afghans, and taught my sister how to crochet in 1995, and now she's
faster than me! :o) Keep up the good work with this website; I will be sure and visit it again.
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Anne
Comment: My grandmother taught me to chain stitch when I was 3 yrs old. Sadly, she was never able to teach me any more, and died when I was still very young. Now fast-forward some 30-odd years to when I, as an adult decided to learn to crochet from the internet. Imagine my surprise when I
picked up a hook and yarn and found I still remembered that chain stitch! I learned single and double crochet, and now whenever I'm setting up my foundation chain for a new project (very simple ones, I'm still a beginner,) it's like connecting with my grandmother all over again.
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Cheryl
Subject: Getting started
Comment: I remember crocheting my first afghan and little did I know you had to chain stitches before you turn to start a new row well by the time I was done it, it was bad the bottom row of the afghan was longer than the top my stitches were so loose it had big holes everywhere I wish I still
had it so I could send in a pic so you could all have a laugh I'm laughing now just thinking about it(hahaha)
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Aadel
Subject: Getting started
Comment: My mom has crocheted since I was a child, but I was never interested in learning from her until I was a mom myself. I am now slowly learning from her and I have made several hats, dishcloths, washcloths, and I am now working on a camoflauge blanket for my husband (Army) and learning
how to make baby layettes. I love crocheting!! I love being able to make something out of plain old yarn!!
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Ashley
Subject: Crocheting for relaxation...
Comment: I started crocheting last summer in August because my husband was sent to Kuwait and Iraq. I had absolutely nothing to do and in the first three weeks I had made two afghans, a baby blanket, four scarves, and a partridge in a pear tree. No, I'm just kidding about the partridge, but it
is a great way to relax when times are rough you're down. I know it's the only thing that kept my mind off what my husband was up to overseas. I've been crocheting ever since and I can't tear myself away from it! I love it and I have EVERYONE in my family doing it!
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Susie
Subject: hooked on crochet
Comment: I learned to crochet slightly about 20 years ago. Not very well, I picked it back up after the kids were grown and my son went to Iraq awhile, any way the other day, i sat on a small crochet hook. Yow! Being a nurse, I removed it myself. I thought I was the only person in the WORLD to
have done that!!! Thanks for the encouragement. I got the biggest laugh. Thanks, Susie
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: James
Subject: A long absence
Comment: When I was a little boy (about 7 or 8), our Filipino live-in housekeeper taught me to crochet, simple squares and circles. I loved the rhythm of it and the fact that I was creating something. I ended up keeping an 8-inch square that I made for about 20 years. I stopped crocheting
because I was embarrassed (being a boy!), but I re-discovered it when I saw a "Teach Yourself to Crochet" book/hook set at a craft store buying tiles with my wife. Now our apartment is covered in yarn and I have my old hobby back!
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Cora
Subject: free-form whee...
Comment: I have crocheted about 10 years on and off. Lately I have been playing around with free-form just grab your thread and hook and see what happens. I must admit I turned out some pretty designs one in green which looks like leaves with closed and open stitches going in different
directions. This is great when you need a rest from the hundreds of patterns you print out lol! It's a wonderful relaxant.
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Dora
Subject: learning to crochet
Comment: hello i am a new crochet person 39 years old i have no one to teach me so i am teaching myself i find alot of problems with reading those patterns and find myself getting frustrated sometimes but i am not going to give up and i find it funny to read some of these stories and i get help
from them also. i haven't tried the thread ones but i do see lots of pretty stuff from them i have found lots of encouraging stories from sites like this so i really just want to say thanks to the ones who set up theses sites and to the ones whom share their stories, its making learning a little more fun THANKS TO ALL OF YOU
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Jenelle
Comment: My Nana taught me to crochet probably about 35 yrs ago when I was about 3 yrs old! (I wish!).OK! OK! So I was about 15 yrs old!. She started me out on pillowcase edgings with thread! Yikes! What a way to start. But going from that to yarn was a cinch! I have had a hook in my hand ever
since, it seems. I am the one at work who always has a hook and a skein tucked away in the desk drawer, or out in the lunch room. My family's favorite story about my crocheting is the time when I was learning with that teeny tiny hook and thread and my younger brother was rough housing and sat down hard on the hook that had fallen and was stuck standing part way up in the groovy shag carpet we
had in those days. Much to his dismay, as well as my parents the teeny tiny hook went through his jeans and into his rear end cheek about 1 1/2 inches or so! Off to the emergency room he went (lying on his stomach in the back seat of my dad's van). My mother was afraid to pull it out and it was stuck on his jeans. The doctor got it out OK but my brothers butt and pride were extremely bruised.
When he got home my Nana said she had seen a lot of things in her life but never anyone trying to crochet their butt together! I wonder if he thought that was as funny as we all did?
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Marlene
Comment: My grandma taught me how to crochet the single and double crochet with the needle when I was a teenager. She crocheted everything and I had been watching her. I crochet now and then. I thank her for teaching me with her patience. She is gone to heaven in 1997 and wondering if she
continues crocheting in heaven. smile, I love crochet with needle in my hands. It makes me relax, patience, love, and off worries! from crochetlover
Friday, August 06, 2004Name: Trisha
Subject: Cardboard Crochet
Comment: Someone close to me once had the notion that tight small stitches would be warmer, because there were no airholes. Instead, the finished squares felt like stiff cardboard. It has taken me years of making afghans for sale for her to see that a larger hook with looser stitches is more
warm and pleasant! I pity the Project Linus chapter that received her earlier "warmer" squares as a donation -- even though they were certainly donated with the best of intentions. Tension is the trickiest thing about crocheting by far. :) Happy crocheting and don't pull too tightly.
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