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Appreciation for Crochet
by Elaine Carey

Monday, July 14, 2003

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Many coveted my handiwork--


Lacy grapes and swirls in white,


Wrought in nervous energy


in the midst of


and unemployment crisis.


One friend begged,


"Make me one.  I'll treasure it."


"It will take forever,"


I demurred.


"I can wait," she insisted.


She didn't know I meant


that I didn't know whether


I wanted to invest


so many months crocheting


for someone I had just met.


But I commenced.  Stress aided


my fingers, as my


mother lay dying far away


while I helplessly tended my family.


Months later,


I presented a lovely, elaborate


piece of work to my friend.


I had prayed over every stitch--


health, success and happiness


for this woman.


I still hoped that our friendship would


bloom and mature.


She thanked me lightly for the piece,


like it was a pan of brownies


made from a box mix.


"That's so nice, thank you."


And she folded it


and put it back into the tissue paper.


So she also handled my


offer of friendship.


I have learned to be


suspicious of those


who don't comprehend the


arduous art


of crochet. 


I still practice it,


because the discipline  


improves my soul,


which feeds continously on hope.

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/14/2003
(((bess)))

karen's and my gramma was a crochetin fool...she made many afghans over her 93 years of life...she tried to teach me, but all i learned was how to make the world's longest chain stitch LOL my attempts at afghans git me all frustrated...uneven, lumpy...aarrrgggghhhhh!!!!!!!!

thanks for the memories with this beautiful tribute to the beauty and calming of crochet

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/14/2003
Excellent write, Bess! :) (((HUGS)))
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