Re-Discovering the Art of Crocheting

Growing up in the ‘60s, my first introduction to crochet was a 3-piece doily set someone had made for my mom.  It was in shaded pinks from size 10 thread or bedspread cotton as it was called in that era.  I was totally in awe at the intricate design and pattern.  Plus, it was made with a small steel hook—that hook, undoubtedly, changed my life.

Practice and patience makes perfect, unless you lose count in any given row, or your square turns into a triangle.  Then, it’s back to patience then practice, and in that order.

I was determined, so I graduated to a larger hook, thicker yarn, and great expectations.  It was the ‘70s and granny squares were “making the scene.”  Afghans, vests, hats, potholders were the rave.  Granny squares were easy to make, and even so, for the novice crocheter.    Then, as soon as I attached my 100th square to my afghan, the “scene” changed.  The steel hooks and threads were popular again.  This time, in the form of collars.  I’m a firm believer in “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

The early ‘80s and ‘90s did bring changes.  Craft magazines were becoming more and more popular.  We were introduced to woodworking, painting, cross-stitching, knitting, sewing, plastic canvas, and even tatting.  There was very little about crocheting, but it was a start for me.  To the ones that would feature crochet, I would submit some of my designs.  I would pound out the instructions on an old Smith-Corona typewriter.  No template, no format, and just making sure I didn’t run out of ribbon.  One particular magazine did buy some of my designs, but would never publish my first name.  It was always initialed.  At least, for the most part, I was getting some recognition even though I was the only one who knew it.

For a while, I thought I was the only guy who crocheted.  Then came the internet.  We were “online” emailing, networking, corresponding with fellow crocheters, seeing new designs, new yarns, blogs, and a variety of websites to purchase items that were never available in our local shops.  I, then, realized the passion for crocheting was still alive and thriving.  It was really never lost, but we re-discovered it through social media and digital companies who have a vision for its preservation.  And for that, I am most grateful.

After retiring a few years ago, my aim and goal is to keep crochet a vibrant part of my life.  It’s challenging, rewarding and satisfying to the soul.

To those who have not crocheted in a while, now is the time.  There is absolutely no excuse.  All the resources are at your fingertips.

Grab a ball of yarn and your favorite hook and re-discover the art of crochet!  We’re “counting” on you to be Happily Hooked, again!

Kenneth Cormier

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