While in line, to buy forgotten yellow yarn for a chicken beak, I spoke to the lady behind me. (Wow, never thought I would type that sentence. To be clear, the yarn for a chicken beak, not talking to a lady.)
In her arms, she juggled several rose, pale & hot pink skeins of yarn. Draped over her arm was the beginning of a pink crocheted afghan. I asked her what she was making. She said her Great, Granddaughter wanted a pink, pink, pink blanket. So, how could she say no?
Grinning ear to ear, I told her I had two granddaughters & one grandson. Then I shyly said, I am learning to crochet. I asked her how long she has been crocheting and she smiled and said, “forever”. Next, I asked her, who taught you? She couldn’t remember, however everyone crocheted around her so it was probably lots of people.
Then she asked me, who taught you? I said, You Tube. (I had to explain briefly about the computer site You-Tube and taking lessons.) She said learning the computer is way harder than learning to crochet. She says she gets messages from her grandchildren on the computer everyday, so it was worth learning to use the darn thing. haha
She made me feel like I am tied to a really good group. People who have grands. People who make things for others. People who like to keep learning. She lifted my spirits & offered encouragement.
My daughter in law, asked me to make a couple of hats for her friends’ preemie babies. Wow! Pretty nice of her to think I could do that. Did she forget I am a beginner? I gotta tell ya, having someone think you are capable is pretty spirit lifting & encouraging. Then when you get to see a picture of the little tiny babies actually WEARING the hats I made……..well, that just elevated my spirits into the stratosphere!
A friend shared a picture of a crocheted apron with several pockets. He thought of me collecting eggs and learning to crochet. Simultaneously, the gesture made me giggle & happy. His thinking was, hey, I bet she would get a kick out of this? (even though I have only collected one egg in ages and I have no idea if I could even crochet an apron) I adore that he already thinks I can. Lifted my spirits & offered a pocket full of encouragement. (get it? the pockets on an apron )
Never once did You-Tube mention that if you learn to crochet your spirits will be lifted and you find all kinds of encouragement.
Yesterday, while opening the mail, out fell a card addressed to me. yippee! I carefully opened the envelope and what did I find? The sweetest, photo card. I had made a crocheted hat for a darling little girl in Pennsylvania. (Her parents) She sent me the most adorable thank you card with a picture of her wearing the hat I made!!! Pretty as a shiny new penny! Gosh, my spirit soared and well, I am still walking on cloud 9.
Who knew learning to tie some yarn into different patterns of knots would encourage my spirit so much?
I guess the folks at You-Tube knew.
In this together friends,