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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Linda's Crocheted Flowers

When I have time, I love to crochet. I learned how to crochet when I was about 8 years old. My mom, grandma and several aunts and cousins all crocheted. I would love to sit near them and watch the doilies being completed in a whir of fingers, metal hooks and thread. The finished products were so beautiful--many of which I still treasure today.

My mom crocheted doilies, (Her favorite was the pineapple stitch.) but she also occasionally made an afghan. One afghan, in particular, was a multicolor/black granny-square afghan. I loved that afghan. I would sit with it on my lap, using a pen or pencil to mimic her motions with a crochet hook. In my mind, I was crocheting. :)

But soon, as I grew, "fake crocheting" didn't prove to be very fulfilling. I wanted to be part of this elite "crocheting club," so one day my cousin showed me how to crochet a chain. I crocheted during every spare minute and I swear that first chain must have been a mile long! Soon after, I learned about single crochets and double crochets. I made tiny hats and dresses for my dolls. Once, I even got in trouble in third grade for crocheting when I should have been reading. The nerve of that teacher to take the semi-finished dress for my Baby Chrissy doll away from me until the end of the day. (Don't worry, Miss S. I've forgiven you!)

So, while I love crocheting, I prefer the thick yarn. I like making blankets. It's my sister, Linda, who actually makes the beautiful, delicate flowers for my Cozies. She can whip one of them out in a matter of minutes. I swear she has every color of crochet thread that a person can buy! I love watching her crochet, too. Her fingers race just like my grandma's fingers. Before I know it, there's a "garden" growing on my sewing table.

Recently, a friend of mine posted a card she made with one of Linda's flowers. (Check out Stephanie's blog here.) Nice, huh?

Thanks, Linda, for being the best sister in the world, all-around nice person, a lover of God, and a flower-crocheter extraordinaire :)
This is one of my newest Cozies. I call it "Bright Blooms." It features an aqua-colored flower attached with a red button.

If you are interested in purchasing any of Linda's flowers, check out her Etsy shop, "Charming Crochet."


Stephanie said...

Kathy.......You are such a sweetheart! I just loved reading your story of "pen crocheting" and now whenever we are in meetings, I'm going to look over at you and go through the motions. I absolutely love your sister's little flowers. They are absolutely a perfect size for card making! You both are so, so talented.

Melissa said...

So beautiful!

Kellyz Krafting Again said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story on how you learned to crochet...this story reminds me of my grandmother and learning to crochet.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Pretty crocheted flowers. I crochet and am crocheting Autumn leaves now.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Jackie said...

I love these Kathy, my mom crocheted some for me, I'm so happy and fortunate to have someone that can make these for me! YAY! I think I may post some of my mom's craft work, she's awesome. Chat soon.

Victoria said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I will definately keep these in mind when thinking of gifts! My aunt makes those little flowers and turns them into earrings. Thanks for sharing!