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Mom, my crochet teacher.

My Crochet Teacher

My mother Leta, most of her friends called her "Dee" a nickname she was given because her sister could not pronounce L's when they were young and so she was called Deta. My mother ended up with the nickname Dee somehow along the way. This is my mother back in the 1970's  (1945 - 2002)


My mother always had a crochet hook in her hand for as long as I can remember, she taught me how to crochet. She taught me the basic chain at around 6 or 7 years old, I would make pig tail bows. She tried teaching me again later in life the single and double crochet stitch, but I didn't have the patience for making afghans. She never made anything but afghans and a few potholders. I had no idea there were so may crochet ideas besides those two.  In February of 2002, my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. A year of ups and downs, we got the cancer, oh no we didn't, to giving us a timeline of how long we all had together. I decided I needed to learn all there is  from her and soak up her knowledge as much as I can. I tried to make an afghan, it was about 5 foot long and 20 rows in, she inspected my work, and immediately started pulling it all out to the beginning. She would then crochet it all over for me in 4 times the speed that it took me to get that far. It was so disappointing to me, that I could not figure out my tension or the stitches and  every time I thought I was figuring it out she'd rip it out to the beginning. I stuffed the project into a bag and didn't look at it again for years.  My mother had been working on a hand embroidered quilt for my daughter, I  took over that project.

 When she passed away and I inherited all of her yarn, I realized I needed to either donate the yarn or figure out how to use it. I didn't feel right donating it, I could see my mother giving me that look.  I started making an afghan with the left over yarn, having no idea different fibers of yarn were meant for different projects. The stash wasn't enough for an afghan at all so I turned it into a scarf.  I was informed I was going to be a great Aunt so I started on a real baby afghan with the left over baby yarn my mother had, it turned out great. After finishing the afghan, I was told my nephew and his wife did not want any more blankets, so I placed it in a box, the box I now refer to as the misfit box. I decided what the heck I will make another one for her first birthday, and I again placed it in the same box. The next two great nieces and nephews I made diaper cakes instead.

Around 2008, I started making what is called Amigurumi, a turkey, some pumpkins and a few ghosts. I loved making them so much! They were quick projects so the reward to my ego was quick too.  The search was on for little projects I could finish in a day. Since then I have tried a few different types of projects, and have really enjoyed picking up the hobby that my mother passed onto me. I am very thankful for all the years I had with her and the knowledge and strength she passed to me. She will always be in my heart, and she will always be with me in spirit every time I pick up the crochet hook. 



Enjoy the pictures!

These are some of my first Crochet Projects. For more click on the label named Crochet on the main page. 

Pipsqueak Yarn Baby Blanket
Baby Booties
Wreath Christmas Tree Ornaments

Snowflake Christmas Tree Ornaments

Stocking Christmas Tree Ornaments



4 leaf clover
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Bunnies
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Butterfly and duck magnets
Dog Sweater


1st Doggie sweater
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Pot Holders
Chicken






My 2nd Afghan


Pumpkin
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Crochet in rounds
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Ghost & Pumpkin
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Turkey
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Snowman
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Santa Misfit
Giraffe Misfit

Monkey
Chocolate Bunny



Hippo
Holiday Monkey Ornament

Snoopy


Ducky


Sock Monkey
Airplane

Praying Angel

1st Afghan

My first hat



Sock Monkey Bib- Crochet-A-Long

1st Afghan with Squares - Crochet-A-Long
Crochet Squares

Crochet Flowers
Heart Bookmark
 Gekko Bookmark
 
Santa Coaster

Owl Coaster

Owl Pouches

#1

#2

#3


Knot Your Nana's Crochet A Long

1st Handbag- Crochet-A-Long


2nd Handbag - Crochet-A-Long

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 Crochet Summer Camp 2013- 1st Slippers


 Crochet Summer Camp 2013- 1st Hand Mitts


Crochet Summer Camp 2013- 3rd Handbag

Crochet Summer Camp 2013- Cherry Potholder

CrochetSummer Camp 2013- Granny Squares
Crochet Camp 2013 - Flower Motif

Coasters




Shamrock Coaster
Americana 

Cowboy Booties

Diaper Cover

Toddler Winter Hat


RAVELRY.com CROCHET-A-LONG 2013
My first attempt at these squares. As you can plainly see I have a hard time getting them square. I think if I would have made a couple more at the same time that maybe one out of three would have been square. It takes me a couple times to get things worked just right.

January
12 inch Granny Square
February
Ribs-in-Lace
March
10 Petal Afghan Square
April
Waldo's Puzzle
May
Pineapple Granny 12 inch Pillow-ghan
June
 Squaring The Big Circle

 July
Four 12" Shell Stitch

 August

September

October
 

6 comments:

Kymberli said...

I think your doing a great job for someone who thought they couldn't crochet :)
I am a new follower and thanks for stopping by at the queen of ink

Angela B. said...

I guess I was paying attention to my mother more than I even thought I was. I pretty much know all the crochet code abbreviations and felt when I started the first project that it was the first time ever having the crochet hook in my hand, even though I new it wasn't.

Teresa Arsenault said...

I love all of your projects and seeing how your skill has progressed. The afghan at the end is stunning. I love your little monkey and your bunnies and magnets are too cute. Maybe I should try to get back into crochet by doing small projects. You are really inspiring me, Angela. There. You are living up to your name of being an angelic messenger. :)

Blessings,
Teresa

Angela B. said...

Thanks so much Teresa! What is funny is the Afghan at the bottom was my first afghan. I don't know how it turned out so well. The one labeled as my second afghan I was trying to use up a lot of left over yarn but yet still makeit look like it had a plan of action. Hardest part for me is keeping the rows even. I have started using knitting markers that help me count what row I am on so I don't forget, I put one on each side. I really enjoy the smaller projects because I can see results much faster.

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

For me who is lousy at crochet and knitting, your products are just so amazing Angela. I'm impressed with your talent and surely your beloved Mother watches you from heavan and so proud of her daughter! My sister crochet too and she prefers the thinner yarn from Japan; may I know what type of yarn you use?
Hugs,
Asmah

Angela B said...

I am a beginner and do not know my yarns or fabric types. I believe most of my yarn in the projects above was left over from my mothers stash. I wasn't ever planning on buying any on my own, and had intended on using her yarn for many projects till it was all gone. That wasn't thinking it through because I had no clue yarn was different textures, thicknesses, and quality...lol. I also decided to take on more online training type classes and in those tutorials they usually specify a type of yarn and then I have to research online what the heck it is referring to...lol