Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Hidden Talents, Home Made Presents for the Holidays
I recently said to a friend (and I think it was Elyssa) that I was teaching my daughter how to crochet. She said, I didn't know you could crochet! I guess I probably hadn't ever said anything because I haven't crocheted for a number of years now (it's a time suck and I used to do it simply to kill the time when my kids were babies and sleeping in their bouncy chairs--bouncy with the aid of my foot)<--now you see why I had a lot of time to kill.
I recently picked it up again because my daughter has shown an interest, and because crocheted items make GREAT xmas presents. I'm making a total of five scarves plus one for my daughter (already made).
I can't knit at all, but I can crochet quite well. I think my love came from my great grandmother. I remember when I was growing up how she would make all her kids and grandchildren --there are like 50 of them (my mum, aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles)--a lace doily every Christmas. Without fail. And when I was old enough she would make me one at Christmas, too! When she passed away a few years ago I asked the relatives if they had any doilies I could have, and they did not disappoint! So now I have a collection of the most beautiful lace doilies (stored right now) and a passion for crochet. I wonder if I would have ever learned how to crochet if I hadn't grown up with my great grandmother's beautiful doilies all around ours and our relatives houses!
Do you have any hidden talents? Do you make your Christmas/Holiday presents? If not, what would you like to learn how to make/create?