I have always taken great pleasure in making crochet items for others. I feel it is a great way to show someone you took the time to make something especially for them and put real care into it. There is no greater way to show appreciation or caring then to give something created by you.
A great way to do this is through the prayer shawl ministry. The idea is to knit or crochet a shawl and to pray, think positive thoughts or good wishes while creating the garment. You may also want to play soft music while working your project. The receiver can then “wrap themselves in a prayer” whenever they wear it. Many churches and civic organizations make them for people going through chemo, after the loss of a loved one or any difficulty they may be experiencing as a way to help them through. The stitch pattern should be simple enough that you can continue to think positively or pray while working the shawl.
I think this is a great way to show someone you took the time to take your stitching ability and create something just for them. I encourage everyone to make at least one prayer shawl to give to someone who needs it. There are many sites that can help you find more information about the prayer shawl ministry, as well as a book by Lion Brand: The Prayer Shawl Ministry; Reaching Those in Need. I have listed the sites below and hope you will consider taking on this important project.
Prayer Shawl Sites
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m very late to the You Tube party. I checked it out the other day, not sure what I would find. I did a search for crochet and found tons of wonderful instructional videos! For example, Jennifer Hansen, The Stitch Diva herself, has several great videos available that demonstrate skills like knitting in the round, broomstrick lace and more! It is simple and free to set up an account and you can search for all types of great videos. You can pause and back up videos as needed and can save them in your playlist. I’m sorry that I waited to long to check it out! There are some great instructional videos uploaded and I recommend it to anyone!
I am a proud member of the International Free Form Guild. About a year and a half ago, we completed an amazing project, the coat of many scrumbles. Members of the Guild make scrumbles (small motifs of free form) in underwater tones and jewel tones and shipped them Free Form Artist, Prudence Mampstone, who lives in Australia. She then took all those motifs and created a coat, two wraps and an umbrella cover. She did a glorous job putting the garments together and it was an honor to be a part of it.
The project went so well, Prudence had a book published about it! Recently, Black Purl e-zine did a great review of the book. Click here to read the review. If you would like your own copy of the book, it can be purchased from The Needle Arts Book Shop.
I have long believed that if you have a child struggling with math, teach them crochet. There are a lot of math concepts you can easily find in crochet and other fiber arts. Well, the new concept of hyperbolic crochet has taken the connection between math and crochet to entirely new level!
Cornell mathematics research Dr. Diana Taimina has developed a way to crochet hyperbolic planes. This takes the idea of making geometic shapes to a whole new plane (literally and figuratively!). I love making geometic shapes in my crochet and am fascinated by the whole concept by Dr. Taimina. The beautiful shapes she creates and explains are all mathematically accurate. They are truly amazing!
The Institute for Figuring has plenty of information about the concept and lots of photos. Trust me, you will be in awe! You can also check out Dr. Taimina’s sitefor more information about her development of the hyperbolic plane in crochet.
I have really become fascinated by this concept and even though I am not a huge fan of math (was never one of my best subjects), I am going to start crocheting some hyperbolic pieces and will be sure to post them in the future. I also believe that if I had learned to crochet when I was younger, maybe I would have been better in math!
March is National Crochet Month. What can you do to celebrate you ask? Well, how about teaching someone to crochet? You could make a donate a project for charity. Learn a new stitch. Join the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) and get in contact with other crocheters.
The CGOA has a great page with tons of links to charities, sites with stitch patterns and more to celebrate the month. You can check it out at: http://www.crochet.org/.
I cannot tell you all how crochet has changed my life. It has put me in contact with people I never would’ve met otherwise and am proud to call them my friends. I have tough many people to crochet and have developed a second income from it. I learned about Freeform crochet, which I LOVE! You can check out that great art form at www.freeformcrochet.com. It is simply amazing!
No matter what you do decide to do this month to celebrate, value your love for crochet and share it with someone else!
I would love to hear from all of you how you learned and what crochet has meant to you!
I have to be honest, I have ben in a creative rut for awhile now. I hate the cold and grey of the winter and miss hearing the birds sing in the morning and the warmth of the sun on my face. As a result, I find it hard to be creative this time of the year. I am doing a lot of community projects that are pretty straightforward, but am not doing anything “new.”
I would love to hear from all of you how you “snap” out of a creative rut. Maybe we can all help each other!
Hooks and Hugs,
This winter has just been terrible. I must apologize for not posting more often, but I have been battling a nasty flu for weeks. Yuck.
Luckily, spring isn’t too far away! And that means Knit and Crochet Out events will begin to pop up all over the country. The downside is that there hasn’t been one in my area (NJ/NYC metro) in a few years. I did, however, find a group that is working to change that! If you live in the NJ/NYC metro area and would love to see Knit and Crochet Out come back, check out the nycrochetknitout group on Yahoo! They are looking for people to get involved and help plan an event. Just click here to join the group! I hope this can happen!