Teach Someone to Crochet in 2012

crochet juggling ballsDecember is a wonderful month filled with celebrations and gift giving. This year I gave my mother a project bag, several luscious skeins of worsted weight alpaca, and the promise of teaching her how to read a pattern. She has knitted and crocheted from sight and her own imagination for years, but this year is the year for her to learn to read written patterns.

Teaching someone to crochet is a fabulous gift that contains to give joy and creativity long after the wrapping paper has been thrown away, the decorations have been taken down, and normal life has resumed. I heard a wonderful story of a family friend who gave her mother enough yarn for an afghan, a simple afghan pattern, and crochet lessons for Christmas. Her mother was looking at several months of boring bed rest with lots of time to fill. The gift of crochet will continue to fill this mother's life with peace and creativity in the coming years.

crochet peppermint hat and scarfMy niece turns seven the beginning of the New Year. She is beginning to show a real interest in crochet, so I am planning on teaching her to crochet. For her birthday, I am giving her a couple of skeins of yarn, in bright pink and purple of course, several large hooks, a few fun notions, and several crochet lessons. I can't wait to share my love of crochet with the next generation.

I am already putting together a list of simple projects for her to make. Perhaps the In a Jiffy Juggling Balls, or she can make her own hat and scarf with the Peppermint Hat and Scarf pattern also in the Beautiful Handmade Gifts free eBook. In this coming year, give the gift of crochet to your loved ones; it will be a gift to yourself as well as you share your love of crochet.

Best wishes,

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