Friday, March 17, 2017

In Her Little Black Purse: Crocheting

It was a Wednesday night and we were at church.  Everyone was visiting waiting for time to start Bible classes when in comes a little 5 year old girl carrying a little black purse and sits down beside me.  She said, "Mrs. Patsi, you want to see what I have in my purse?"  I said, "Of course!"   (This little girl is one of the twins that you've heard me speak of often.)

She opened her purse and pulled out a small skein of yarn and a crochet hook.  I had told this same little girl a while back, when she saw me crocheting and expressed interest in wanting to know how to do that, that I would show her how sometime.  Evidently, she had not forgotten and in her little mind, now was the time.  

So, I sat her down beside me right there on that church pew and started showing her how to make a chain stitch, but there was a problem.  The crochet hook that she had brought was way too small for the yarn she had brought causing it to make a mess of the yarn.  Her mama said she had a larger one at home and that she would bring it next time so, we postponed our crocheting lesson.

I don't know if she will be interested enough to want to continue or if I can teach this little girl to crochet, but I am sure going to be caught trying if she wants to learn. 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if I could pass on this 'old art' to the next generation?

Update: 3/21/2017 ... the little girl brought her yarn and bigger hook back to evening church last night and we had our official first lesson before church started.  She actually did quite well!  Another little girl saw what we were doing and wants to learn too.  I told her mama if she would provide the yarn and hook I would show her how as well, for as long as she/they were interested.  I may have started something!!!

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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16 comments:

  1. WHat a blessing you will be to each other!
    She will likely remember you the rest of her life for these lessons,
    and you will benefit in multiple ways through sharing time and talent
    with her. I hope she stays interested, and you bless the stuffing out
    of each other!

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  2. That is lovely, Patsi. I taught my eldest granddaughter to knit when she was about 6 and she knitted for a while but I think has since given it up. It is very hot where she lives so I guess I can't blame her. If the grandchildren lived closer I would love to teach them lots of things. Knitting and crochet is very popular here once again in Australia.

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    1. Nanna Chel, your granddaughter may come back to it, but even if she doesn't she has the memories!

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  3. My grandma taught me at a young age and I still crochet. So teach away and what a blessing for both of you.

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    1. Kim, that is so encouraging, thank you for sharing!

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  4. My girls were good at crochet from young. i would get her doing balls of chains stitch. This gets them good with handling the hook and she would be ready then to start rows. I think its fantastic! How sweet!
    When I was little I took my crochet to school and worked on it at recess and lunch! ��

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    1. Annabel,that is a good idea to start her out doing balls of chain stitches! Ahhh, now we know why your crochet is so beautiful, you've been crocheting since you were a little girl!!!

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  5. What a sweet little story! It really is amazing that little children remember what you have said to them. So if you promise something be ready to fulfill it.

    I remember baking with my Grandmother on her wood stove. I always thought I got my love of baking from her.

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    1. Laurie, yes, little children don't forget anything, especially if it is something they want to do!

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  6. It's a wonderful thing to be able to pass on skills to the younger generation!

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  7. I love this story. That's what it's all about:)

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    1. Yes, Lady Locust, that is what it's all about!

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  8. That was so kind of you. I wish I would have had someone in my life when I was younger to show me how.

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    1. Me too Tealady, I just learned how to crochet last year!!!!

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