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Why I Love to Crochet
There are many reasons people give for why they love to crochet. And, each person probably has several reasons to participate in this craft. I am no different. I love to crochet. And, there are several reasons for that.
I could write several paragraphs (and I probably will) about giving hand-made gifts to people and saving money. But, really, I just love to crochet. I love the movement of the hook as it goes through the stitches. I love the rhythm of pushing the hook through the loops, wrapping the yarn around, then pulling the hook back through. I love the challenge of getting the difficult stitches done correctly.
Sure, I enjoy giving my friends and family things I have made. There is something to be said for choosing the color of the yarn and the item to be crocheted for people you care about. And, knowing they appreciate the effort you put out for them is also gratifying. I have run into a few people who turn their nose up at things that are made by hand. These are the people who think things make them look like a better person. But, really, most of us know that is not true.
And, yes, it really does save money to make people things, rather than buying them at a store, such as Wal Mart. And, the items you buy at stores will never be as well made. There was no trip to the yarn store or department to choose just the perfect color of green. There was no perusing books, magazines, and web sites to find just the right pattern for that hat you can see in your head. There is no love put into manufactured items. A hand-made item is nothing but love. The materials are of little consequence. The main ingredient is love and caring and generosity.
So, these are my reasons. Love of the craft. Love of giving people unique hand-made gifts made just for them. Love of giving people well made items. And, ultimately, the love of giving people all of these loves wrapped up in one small item. I can only hope, that when my friends and family wear or use the items that I have crocheted for them, they will feel that love and know it was meant for them, from me.