you to learn with. My local craft store offers classes as well. There are books, but
my daughters and I have found them
difficult for learning the basics. Books,
however, are terrific for getting patterns
after you have learned the basics. There
are also many people on YouTube who
are gifted at teaching. Our favorite for
crochet is Bob Wilson123 (a lovely woman from Australia). And, our favorite for
knitting is VeryPinkKnits.
At first, it takes patience and perseverance to learn. Once you understand the
method and your fingers develop the
muscle memory, it becomes effortless. I
recommend your first project be a dishcloth. It’s quick to make, it doesn’t matter
if the stitches are uneven, and a dishcloth
made with yarn is a delightful thing.
Do you like to multitask? After you get
good at knitting or crocheting, a whole
world of possibilities for multitasking
open up. You can listen to an audio book,
chat with friends, or wait for your child’s
dentist appointment. Once you get in the
rhythm, you can pray and meditate on
God as you work.
There is not a more portable hobby.
You can take it anywhere—plane, train,
or automobile (as long as you are not
the driver). My daughters and I bring
our current projects with us any time
we are running errands where there is
a possibility of sitting and waiting. For
example, when my Dad needed to have
eight-hour chemotherapy treatments,
it was wonderful to be able to keep my
hands busy and productive during those
Lastly, and most importantly, you can
minister to others with your projects.
When I was with my dad, it was surprising how my crocheting projects encouraged people to start a conversation with
us. It was as if I reminded people of warm
memories of home or grandma’s house.
During that time, I was able to make and
donate several crocheted hats to the cancer treatment center. Many appreciate
getting a unique homemade item. Creating for others is such a joy!
The donation programs are numerous.
You can donate hats to your local cancer
centers, as I did. Or, here are just a few of
the many charities that want homemade
• Forever Warm - was created to provide
parents of stillborn children with a blanket that they can wrap their children in
for pictures and/or burial. Parents are
also given the choice to keep the blanket as a personal keepsake to remember
their child. www.foreverwarm.org
• Project Linus - provides love, a sense
of security, warmth, and comfort to
children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the
gifts of new, handmade blankets and
afghans, lovingly created by volunteer
• Precious Pals™ Program – through The
Knitting Guild Association provides
immediate comfort to children in cri-
sis by providing stuffed animals with
knitted outfits to law enforcement
agencies and other first responders
all over the United States. www.tkga
There are so many other benefits to
crocheting and knitting. I wish there was
time to tell you of all the health benefits
or about all of the sophisticated people
who are taking it up. You will need to
give it a go and see for yourself. May
God bless all the work of your hands!
“And let the beauty of the LORD our
God be upon us: and establish thou the
work of our hands . . .” Psalm 90: 17.
Denise Drake learned how to knit and crochet as a child from her grandmother. She
met her husband, John, on the school bus
during their freshman year of high school.
They currently live in Sacramento, California. They enjoy homeschooling their two
daughters and watching them perform
ballet, tap, and jazz for their dance studio.
The family enjoys hiking, camping, and
Once you understand the method and your fingers develop
the muscle memory, it becomes effortless.