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."