When I was young, my aunt Sharon taught me how to make granny squares. She gave me a skein of yarn and a little H aluminum crochet hook and off I went.
i kept up with this crafting skill over the years, teaching myself how to read pattern charts and make special crochet stitches.
I’ve made afghans and table runners, sweaters and scarves, hats and baby blankets… lots of baby blankets. I’ve given away most of these projects. One, a lavender cardigan I made for my grandmother, was returned to me when she passed away. It still holds the scent of her White Shoulders perfume.
Come fall, I bring out my hooks and yarn, and start new projects. This year, I’m making myself a lap quilt. I saw the pattern, and thought it looked like those vintage millefiori glass paperweights with all its bright colors.
Counting all the main octagon- and square-shaped motifs, and the triangle fillers, I will make 92 separate pieces. I’m almost ready to begin sewing it together.
Every time I sit down to crochet anything, I think of my aunt Sharon. She passed away in 1999 after a long battle with colon cancer. I’m grateful that I have this special memory of her, and that I’ve maintained this skill for so long.
I’m grateful for:
- My aunt Sharon
- Strong hands
- Perseverance and patience
- Family and friends who appreciate handmade gifts