Monday, January 23, 2012
Stitches in Time
In one of my very first blogs, I talked about how I try to learn a new skill every year (http://melissa-randomthoughtsfrommelissa.blogspot.com/2011/11/just-keeplearning.html). In that blog, I briefly touched on learning how to crochet from my Grandma Creamer. Today I would like to tell you more about that experience and the wonderful lady she is.
I believe I have been very blessed in my life. I have had the fortune to have not one but two great ladies for my grandmothers. Ruth (Winters) Mizell was my maternal grandmother and Ruth (Summers) Creamer is my paternal grandmother. I always found it humorous that my Grandma “Ruths” had opposite season maiden names.
Grandma Creamer is your typical grandmother. She is the poster child of what a grandmother is. She is a caretaker and a great cook. Her chicken and noodles are legendary. If you left Grandma Creamer’s house hungry, it was your own fault. When I think back on my childhood I can see Grandma Creamer in her kitchen cooking, at the dining room table reading a magazine, or possibly in the living room crocheting.
A few years back during a visit, I asked her if she could teach me. She was more than happy to do so. She set me down at the dining room table and handed me a “K” size hook and some yarn. She also had a hook and said, “Me do, you do.” Easy enough, right? My first square, and I use the term loosely, of single crochet was more trapezoidal than square. Grandma said I could undo it and start again. I wanted to keep my first piece intact, as imperfect as it was. If I didn’t, how would I be able to compare later pieces and known that I’d gotten better?
There are some things you can teach yourself. There are others that are better when someone shows you. I am so glad I had Grandma to teach me. She is a very patient teacher and learning to crochet can be very confusing. When I messed something up she could look at it and almost instantly know what I did wrong.
With practice, I did get better (squares actually turned out relatively square). Once you learn to chain and single crochet, you can learn many different stiches. I bought books, borrowed books from the library, and continued to learn. I will always treasure those first lessons with Grandma Creamer. I also treasure that first hook, which she gave me to keep. Not everyone can say that they know how to crochet. I can because my Grandma Creamer taught me.
Until Tomorrow - Melissa