How I got into learning about crochet.
I was in hospital having twins, and a lady in the bed beside me was doing Irish Thread crochet, so she taught me the basic stitches. Before long I was making blankets for my babies. The nurses were interested. My blankets were fantastic, they were well recognised in the nursery and babies could not be mixed up!
When I got home from there, it turned out that the lady who had taught me had a friend going to work as priest housekeeper in my home town. I got to know her. What a lady! She was better at crochet than her friend in the hospital! We became friends, and she had me entering crochet at shows: I got 1st Prize for a tablecloth in fine crochet.
Now that I have got older, it’s all wool and of course bigger needles as arthritis has set in and my fingers are not as good as they were. I still can’t give up as I enjoy it so much.
We have formed a group of ladies in Ballinrobe, and we meet every Friday. They have produced lovely bed covers, blankets etc. I teach them a lot of stitches. It’s wonderful to have the skill, and it’s a great pastime. Happy days… I hope I can continue to crochet for a long time, I find it very relaxing while watching television, time passes easily.