25
Jan
11

Confessions of a Middle-aged Hooker

It is ten years ago this week that I first picked up yarn and hook to begin my crochet journey. It has been a marvelous ride and has taken me to a place of which I dared not dream. In 2001, I was a full time data entry clerk/customer service rep and a part time massage therapist.  Today I design and teach crochet. My life now would have been sheer fiction to me in prior days. Crochet was supposed to be a hobby. Now, it is my life.

Obviously, I came to crochet rather late in life. I was halfway between 50 and 51 and in need of a means to help me quit smoking and to generally focus my free time. And it almost didn’t happen. You see, after purchasing the requisite yarn and hooks and downloading a tutorial from CGOA, I sat myself down, materials in hand and discovered, to my dismay, that I was totally at sea. For goodness sake, how hard should it be to make a silly chain stitch? I struggled and stabbed and pulled and prodded, all with little success. I was an abject failure as a hooker. Oh well. Only $20 and 2 hours of my time wasted; time to move on to something else.

About ten days later guilt began to creep into the equation. You see, I was on a rather limited income in those days (some things never change! :D) and the thought of squandering even that small amount began to gnaw at my conscience. With a renewed spirit of determination (those of you who know me may also interpret this as acquiescence to my incurable stubbornness), I cleared my mind and my space of all distraction. I set about TO DO THIS!!!

Well, the rest is history. Within one year I began my designing efforts (baby steps, of course. My first break did not come until 5 years later with the publishing of my Gatsby Sweater). My successes have been limited until recently. I’m proud of my recent associations with yarn companies and other fiber enterprises. You can currently see some of my designs at http://kraemeryarns.com/patterns and soon my Noro Shell will appear in the next issue of Crochet! Magazine (though the name may very well have been changed).

So here I am, halfway through my 61st year and an overnight success! HAH! Still, it is what I choose to do and is what makes me extremely happy. Teaching crochet is also a very rewarding endeavor and I am most proud of the successes of my many students. To be able to pass on my knowledge and passion for this art provides its own compensation. That’s not to say I don’t have important plans for those pay checks.

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2 Responses to “Confessions of a Middle-aged Hooker”


  1. 1 bksrmgc
    January 27, 2011 at 8:35 am

    What a great post! Congratulations on your “overnight” success.

    LJ

  2. 2 hookerbear
    January 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks LJ.


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