Crocheting is an ancient art/skill, and it is ancient for me too, well, relatively speaking. I learned to crochet from my husband’s grandmother, Nellie, shortly after Jeff and I were first married, and we’ve been married for nearly forty-three years! My first project was a vest made with the popcorn stitch. Nellie believed I could do it, and she gave me the confidence to try. My second project was a bedspread! I taught my daughter to crochet when she was six or seven years old, and she has been crocheting ever since. Nine of my ten granddaughters know how to crochet; just the youngest doesn’t know how and that is because she is only four.
Crocheting is a good and practical skill to learn, and it keeps hands busy, and blesses others too. Our three girls followed the instructions in the Keepers handbook, and when they could crochet their squares proficiently, they could work on them at home. When the girls had enough squares finished, it was time to work on their blankets. Our tradition upon the completion of squares is a pizza party. We enjoy a really good pizza and pop, and then we work on sewing/crocheting the squares together. We won’t finish in one night, but the girls will have learned how to finish and will finish their blankets on their own. From that humble beginning, they just may go on to crochet for the rest of their lives.