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Here’s an inspiring little story about a fellow crocheter:

In 2009, a ninety-eight year old woman survived the earthquake near L’Aquila, Italy. She was found alive and uninjured, buried under rubble and in her bed, about thirty hours after the quake struck. She told her rescuers that she had passed the time crocheting as she waited for help. Amazing, but true!

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Crocheting has been there for me, too, since I first discovered it many years ago. I’ve taken my crochet hook and yarn along with me to so many places, including the beach, and have used every spare moment to practice this age-old craft. I find it to be both relaxing and invigorating at the same time. It’s been such an engrossing challenge to see what I can create with a little hook and a ball of yarn. Afghans, clothing, housewares, toys, and home decor…on goes the list of things I’ve enjoyed making for friends, family, myself, and others. If this is an addiction, at least it’s a positive one!

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It’s the process of crocheting that I love. Rather than selling the items which I’ve crocheted, (something I’ve done for many years),  I now agree with the following statements:

“I do not worry about the marketplace.”

—Alex Cuba, musician/singer

“Better a craft than gold.”

—Jenkins Family motto, Ewenny Pottery, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

My aim, or hopeful intention while crocheting, is to create beauty and to share what I make with others. But, to be honest, I crochet because I love it!

 

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“In crochet you hear no needles clicking. It’s like the sound of one hand clapping.”

—Val Bjarnason

Crochet: noun: needlework in which yarn is looped into pattern of stitches by means of hooked needle.

verb: make in or do crochet.

—The Oxford Dictionary of Current English (1991)

A calming, soothing, magical craft, crochet is a meditation in itself. Creating useful and beautiful items for others to enjoy is a bonus.

I love the process of crocheting. It’s been a daily part of my life for many years. Crochet is portable: just a ball of yarn, a hook, and a bag to carry it in is all you need. So simple!

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

—Aldo Leopold

Rather than using synthetic yarns, I crochet with natural ones, organically produced whenever possible. Organic hemp, cotton and wool are my favourites. Acrylic and polyester fibres are ending up in our waterways, flushed there whenever we wash items made from them. Acrylics are not biodegradable, and tiny fibres end up being ingested by animals, birds, amphibians, and creatures which live in the oceans, lakes and rivers. I avoid synthetic yarns.

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

—William Morris

Woollen Tea Cozy by Val ©soleil crochet on etsy.com

Woollen Tea Cozy by Val
©soleil crochet on etsy.com

Air Plant Nest by Val ©soleilcrochet on etsy.com

Hemp Air Plant Nest by Val
©soleilcrochet on etsy.com

The “Air Plant Nest”, pictured above, has been crocheted using hemp twine from India. Creating with this rough, but wonderful, hemp fibre is a real workout for the fingers! The fellow I buy it from is off to India again in a few weeks, and will return in the Spring of 2015 with all sorts of treasures. My next project will be crocheting with natural nettle yarn from India, a gorgeous grey fibre which has been boiled to soften it.

After years and years of crocheting, I’m finally creating my own patterns and designs. The possibilities seem endless! So many ideas to try out…

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