Learning about crochet

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.


Course: Crochet with the Ripper / Cróise leis an Ghreachadóir

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