The warming spring weather with it's thunderstorms and humidity bring to my mind summertime memories of my childhood. I spent most days outside, playing with my friends, either swinging on a tire from the tree, swimming in the neighbor's pool, or playing in the shade of the trees. If it was too hot, we would be in the air conditioning...playing board games, reading books, or watching game shows on TV. But one of my most vivid summer memories involves a craft.
I practiced a lot on that piece. I actually became quite good with the hook, gradually learning a couple of stitches and patterns. One memory I have is of sitting outside in the summer, my dolls at my side, crocheting. I crocheted a few gifts that year, a makeup case and a belt. The case was a bit crooked and lacked a lining and a closure, but it did have a nice fold over flap (I am laughing as I type this!). The belt...well...it was a strip of crocheted fabric. No buckle. Silly kid I was, thinking that was a good gift, but it was the thought that counted and I was thinking of my dear sister the whole time I made it.
Crocheting is a skill I learned early on and have honed over the years and I will continue to crochet throughout my life. It is part of me. I know my personality shows in my creations, for better or worse. And isn't that what creativity is all about?
Do you have a craft that you have been doing since early on? A childhood memory, or something you just keep coming back to? I would love to hear your stories. Please share!!!