Old Ladies Only? Addressing the Stereotype

A few months back, I was contacted by a male who thought I should be marketing crochet DVD's to little old ladies in nursing homes. That was his pitch.  It was a serious inquiry because he wanted to include some of his video work on the DVD as well. 


How old were you when you first learned how to crochet?  I was 20 when I learned.  I want to get rid of this "old lady" stereotype because anyone and everyone can crochet.  Being a former Army wife, crochet accompanied me around the world and became a friend who was there for me through all times.  As we share our knowledge, I want our next generations, both male and female to feel that they can do this at any point in their life.  Crochet is NOT just for "old ladies".



How to do you think the stereotype got started?

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  1. i learned to crochet when i was 22? that's 4 years ago and i love it! since then i've learned it to my friends, and now we all make our own scarfs, hats etc. So not just for old ladies, crocheting and knitting is hip!
    And i really want to thank you, because your tutorials helped me a lot. (before i couldnt read pattens etc)
    I even have a blog about crochet:
    handgehaakt.blogspot.com

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  2. I learned how to crochet as a little girl from my mom. My mom didn't do it very often or make anything I thought was "cool." I got bored with it because I did not know that there are so many versatile things you can do with it. I thought you can only make doilies. I picked it up again a couple years ago. I'm now 31 and hooked. I've surpassed the skills of my mom and I can't stop. I think people are just ignorant, so if all they've seen are old ladies crocheting then that's all they know and assume that's all there is to it.

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  3. My grandmother was known for crocheting. She's sit on her couch and look out the back door at her condo and everyone walking by would see her in there with her hook and yarn. She tried to teach me. I always thought the things she made were very unstylish and uncomfortable (thank you red heart supersaver), but I am approaching 30 and am a photographer and decided I had to stop paying 20 bucks for a teeny weeny baby hat and get back on the crochet ball. I learned from you, Miss Teresa, and I am SOOO glad. Money saving aside I love it. I have taught many friends to do it and we are starting to have a little group of late 20s early 30s crochet girls. We are not old ladies and we will break that stereotype. I really think maybe it just has to do with older women having a little more time on their hands (typically). No kids, sometimes widows, etc, and can crochet so they do. It isn't really any more enjoyable, but us women who have little kids have little time to sit and make something (though I do it instead of watching tv)....maybe that is it, I don't know...

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  4. i was 4 or 5 years old...granny taught me knitting, mum taught me crochet, grandma taught me embroidery...altho admittedly I was in my 20s before really doing much with it (other than barbie clothes) and only in the last 5 years has crochet and knitting been my main hobbies.

    why "old lady craft"...well I think the Granny thing has a lot to do with it. 60/70 years ago it was the done thing to learn how to knit/crochet/darn and other general make-do-and-mend things, but modern society has a use it and bin it ethos...i readily admit that i normally BUY knitted jumpers as I can pick them up in asda for £10, and to knit something with the same weight would definitely cost more (and take ages lol)

    We also no longer seem to have the time to pass down the skills. I was taught by my Granny, but most others around the same age (i'm 36) dont seem to have had that...and their kids even less so because of that.

    I love your videos, not just for myself but also to pass on to others. I've always believed that learning something is MUCH easier if you see it done and books always lack something (eg picA goes to picB but what on earth happens in between), and your videos have been very helpful to people who are either just learning or to improve what they already know. Thank you, and please keep them coming.

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  5. Thank you for your work, dear Teresa! I had been taught to crochet by my Grandma since I was five. She used to be a teacher of Domestics for girls at school and she taught many generations fo young ladies as well. There are no limits for the art.
    Sincerely yours, Irene.

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  6. Hello Teresa,

    I learnt to crochet when I was 12. It was at school, a nun taught me the chain and single crochet to make "canastillas" (I don't know how they call it in English, sorry):

    http://www.artesanum.com/upload/postal/5/9/3/cestas-70968.jpg

    Then I dropped it, and when I was 26 in 2008, I started to crochet because I wanted to make corals for a costume I was making (in the picture, just above my head):

    http://img8.imageshack.us/i/img0494xx.jpg/

    And the I couldn't stop. It's only 3 years since I am crocheting and I am 29, I don't refer myself as an "old lady", jeje.

    I say this because I don't think crocheting has an age or a sex, you know? I just don't understand why men "can't" allow themselves into this really enjoyable and amazing world that is crocheting.

    It's a little sad and frustrating that men see this wonderful hobby as a think for the old ladies. I tell people that I crochet and people look me as if I was a boring and confined in my house women and that makes me sad.

    Anyway, that's my opinion, sorry about my English, I am Spanish.

    I love the job you are doing teaching all your knowledge and experiences crocheting, and since I am a self-taught woman I apreciate it more. Thank you Teresa.

    Best regards,

    Soledad

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  7. My grandmother taught me how to crochet before I even went to primary school. I've loved crocheting ever since. I think the "old ladies" stereotype exists because "back then", at least every woman knew how to crochet. I don't know why it has seemingly become less popular over the years but I feel it is becoming more popular again now. However, I was astonished when I asked for a crochet pattern book at a yarn store the other day and was told by the sales person that "nobody crochets nowadays because it's so 1950s". That lady probably missed the latest trend ;)
    Melanie

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  8. i was 27 when i first learned how to crochet and im loving everyday of it.. you're right, everyone can crochet and not just old ladies..

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  9. I learned myself to crochet at the age of 26 and now i'm mastering it with the help of your videos...

    I don't think it's old ladies craft...but i wish i can do it even when i'm 80 and when my eye sight is not this good...

    Thank you so much for all your video help.

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  10. colI was 11 when Grandma taught me to knit, crochet, needlepoint, crewel work. It was fun to see what my hands could do. But I only kept up with the crocheting and some crewel work. Now I'm a grandma & my 15 grandchildren 13-3yrs love the presents I make for them, they put their orders for Christmas in after they open that yr's gifts. I make toys, dolls, purses, no clothes tho. I take it everywhere & take advantage of even just a couple of stitches. It is a great conversation starter especially with the younger people, I ahve given lessons & am preparing to teach our youth group to crochet.I ahven't need your instructions but I do check them out to see how you do it. Have a blessed crochet day.

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  11. I was only 4 when I started to crochet!!!! Little old ladies my behind!!!!

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  12. Funny you posted that. I didn't learn until I was 28 when I won a book and I wanted to learn how to do all the amigurumi projects. It has always on my list of to-do someday, but that winning sped things up. Fast forward to now, I am teaching locally, and one lady who is older than I am (I'm only 32) took my class and when she didn't 'get it' she disclaimed that this is an old lady thing anyway. Mind you, everyone in the class are in their 20s & 30s. The rest of the ladies laughed... I think people fail to see how different crochet is now compare to the doily lace they once knew.

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  13. I'm 22 and I can crochet... I love to do my own scarfs, shawls, jackets....and I'm think that I am not an old lady :)

    Lau

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  14. I learned how to crochet when I was a little girl. Now every time I crochet I'm learning something new.
    Crocheting is something everybody can do whether they are old or young.

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  15. I was about 9 when my Grandmoth taught me. But, my 6 year old learned from your tutorials! Since I am a lefty she was lost watching me :) I think that there is a stereotype for everything these days. I think that people should worry less about categorizing people and worry more about being happy.

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  16. I was 7 years old, taight by a neighbor who lived down the street. She started me out learning the granny square! I went from there to making barbie doll clothes, baby afghans, pot holders. I was in my twenties before I tried doilies and now I am on a baby hat kick!

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  17. I was 12 when I learned to crochet, and I got really into it a year ago. I'm only 19, so crochet is definitely not just for old ladies.

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  18. well, i dont want to spill much words on this hahahaaaahaaaa
    i think all these ladys knows exectly how to crochet, and if they dont, there will be someone how to teach them to crochet.
    hahhahhahahahhaaaaaaa, good joke of the day.

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  19. That's excatly what made me start my blog! I'm a twenty-something who enjoys crocheting, gardening,cooking, canning, and learning arts from the past. My goal is to show everyone you don't have to be an old lady to do these things, they are easy, relaxing, fun, and a great way to express yourself and add your own personality too! Love your site Teresa, I have made SOOO many cute things from your tutorials, you rock!
    xo
    Candice
    www.theoldladyatheart.blogspot.com

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  20. I am 26 and I have been doing it for about 10 years. My aunt taught me the basics when I was 16 or 17 and I have been doing it ever since!

    I find it incredibly funny when people ask me WHY I am crocheting or my husband teases me about being an old lady.

    Working with yarn is an art that has been taught and carried on for generations. Why does it have to be for "Old Ladies"? If people would stop and think, those old ladies probably learned it when they were much much younger!

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  21. I learned to crochet when I was 16. I really wanted to make something for my niece that was about to be born so my mother taught me a little. I taught myself a lot from books, and now from the internet. Now I'm 27, and I make all sorts of things. Last night I crocheted a bikini top! Right now I'm working on a padded pipe bag that uses no stuffing, and therefore wont get little stuffing pieces all over everything. Hows that for little old lady? :)

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  22. I learned how to crochet at 36 and that was just a couple of years ago. I think when department stores became fad that the term or expectation of crocheting or knitting became for older folks - So not the case... but I find more people saying wow you can crochet then coming across knitters or crocheters in person.

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  23. I think that movies give the impression that crocheting is for old ladies. OK, I'm a lady of a certain age now but I learned to crochet when I was in my teens in the 70s because it was groovy then to have crocheted ponchos, shawls and vests made of granny squares. Now, my afghans and slippers requested by family members keep my hook busy.

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  24. In learned as a child and then re-learned in my late twenties. I think that the stereotype is there because there's a generation gap in this craft. Our grandmothers did it (and still do) but oftentimes our mothers didn't pick it up and now we've returned to it. Of course this isn't always the case but I think it's a general trend just because of the way society was at each of those different eras. So if you're not a crocheter then you may remember that grandma does it and know that Mom doesn't and think it's just an "old" craft. I think that stereotype is turning around, though.

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  25. I learned how to crochet when I was 19, and I learned from your videos! I have no idea but I think that the steriotypes need to go, because crochet is awesome! I love that you are taking the time to teach us to crochet :)
    Thanks

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  26. I began knitting and crocheting at around 13. Crochet, sewing, crafting... helped to put food on the table, and gifts for family and friends. Now, I am an old lady and keep on fiddling with yarn, hooks, and needles. It keeps me off the streets and somewhat sane.

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  27. I started crocheting last year in January and I was 21 and I am learning how to knit now at the "old" age of 22. I think it's pretty awesome that we can create things for ourselves, friends, family, and strangers. I'm still amazed that there are so many creative possibilities when you work with a hook and/or needles. :)

    I think the best way to break the stereotype is to get involved in the online and offline communities, showcasing your work to family and friends, and sharing through social media so that people can see how anyone can create a beautiful masterpiece no matter their age. :)

    Happy hooking!

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  28. I am a self-taught crocheter. Started when I became engaged at age 22 and wanted to make an afghan for my "hope chest." Forty years later I'm still crocheting and loving it. My mom was a wonderful knitter and crocheter and seamstress, but never seemed to have the time or patience to pass those skills to me. However, in her later years she taught my daughter to crochet. Not sure why it is viewed by so many as an old ladies pastime--maybe because they have more leisure time?

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  29. well I am an old lady now (73) but I have been knitting and crocheting most of my life. I was always better at knitting as a young child but am enjoying crochet more now. I think it is wonderful that young people are taking up all the "old fashioned" crafts - if nothing else it gets them away from the computer screen.My daughter never wanted to learn any of the crafts I've done over the years and I think that's a shame.Fortunatly we're all different but it's definately not just an old lady's hobby. All you youngsters out there are keeping up the tradition and I hope you pass it on to your own children. I am learning from the younger girls via the web so it has all gone full circle now !!

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  30. I'm sure it got started because so many young girls learned to knit/crochet from their grandmothers. Me, on the other hand, learned to crochet from a book, when I was 18! I too hate that so many people think you're old just because you love yarn art. It makes me so sad that so many refuse to try just because of a stereotype.

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  31. I learned to crochet from watching your videos when I was 15 and I am currently learning how to knit now that I am 17. It also annoys me when people think knitting and crochet are only for old ladies. I think more people would love to work with yarn as much as I do if there wasn't that stereotype.

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  32. I've just started and I'm 40 lol go figure! my daughter started teaching herself to knit and I just couldn't seem to get the hang of it. I watch one of the videos on crochet and we do it together she's a teen and we didn't talk much but this gave her a reason to hang around the "mom" and we talk really talk wished I'd started this years ago. my guess is the old lady stereotype got started with people thinking only the older ladies would have the patiences to do it or that it would keep a senior citizen busy that kind of thinking is total bull in my opinion.

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  33. I knitted a little as a child and I used your videos to teach me to crochet at 31 years old. Keep up the great work.

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  34. I was 29 when i learnd to crochet (two years ago) and i just love it!! Im a mother of two doughters and i love to crochet hats, gloves, scarfs mm to them and my oldest girl is proud when she puts on a hat that i´ve made :)

    Best wishes from Sweden :)

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  35. Considering that I'm a guy that learned to crochet in my early 20s, I can definitely say it's not an "old ladies" past time, especially since it was my sister (18 months younger than me) that taught me. Now I'm in my 50s and I teach ladies to crochet, but only because none of the men want to join us.

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  36. I was 21 mid-last year when I began to learn. I love it and hope that I can be doing it for the next 50 years at least!

    I do have to say as well, that teaching old ladies to crochet seems a bit like an oxymoron to me. Not assuming that all old ladies know a craft, but there would absolutely be elderly ladies that are experts in craft already, having supported their families through those crafts for so many years.

    Crochet enthusiasts of all ages unite!

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  37. moi j ai appris a l age de 9ans j ai arrete entre temps mais quand j ai eu mes enfants j ai repris et grace a teresa j ai appris encore plus je la remercie car aujourd hui je fais plaisir a plien de monde bisou isabelle

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  38. I become interested in learning how to crochet when I was 15. Still going strong now and just teaching myself to knit now ;)

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  39. What nonsense that only old ladies knit and crochet!!!!

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  40. I was 10 but I am 31 now and I am still crocheting, yeah I'm not an old lady yet lol.

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  41. My mom taught my to crochet when I was 7 or 8 yy. I didnt pay to much attention for some time, but kept what I learnt.
    When I was a teenager started crocheting, sewing and knitting. Now, near 50s I´m tatting and making other craft.
    Always love doing things with my hands after imagining and thinking about a theme.

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  42. I started knitting when I was 21, shortly after a friend was killed (it really was my therapy), then I started crocheting a year later.

    I think the stereotype comes from television, we see old ladies knitting sweaters and scarves, because that is what a writer's vision is. The truth is, it's an ancient artform and hobby.

    So what if some people think it's for "old ladies only". It's the one hobby I love, I can do well, and it fits my practical tendencies. I can make myself dishcloths, scrubbies, whatever I need!

    Yeah, old ladies only. Pish.

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  43. I learned how to crochet this year and I'm 15. i have a lot of friends who crochet and we make baby blankets all the time.

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  44. I was forty three when I finally learned to crochet. My sister had tried to teach me, but being a lefty I just couldn't get it. With alot of prayer, a friend and your videos I finally got it. Thanks for all those lefty videos:) lynn

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  45. I learned to crochet when i was about 20 and my Granny in Law taught me. I LOVE it and crochet and knit loads of stuff.
    I guess the stereotypical image of 'old ladies' comes from the fact that grannies did it years ago but not now, though i don't know many young people that do it.

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  46. My grandma taught me to chain when I was a child, my husband's aunt taught me double crochet when I was 19 and a fellow marine wife taught me granny sqaures a few months ago (I am 25). This isn't just for old ladies. I volunteer at a military relief soceity. We're all in our 20's to early 30's and we all love making baby blankets for expecting parents. Your videos are a blessing and even though my work isn't perfect I'm not going to give up. I love this stuff!

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  47. I taught myself how to crochet when I was 16 years old.I was very out-going rode horses and loved to work out in the garden! The 1st thing I made was a couch throw of single and double crochet in blue and green. I love to crochet and knit to this day...I am now 58.

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  48. hi teresa! I'm marina, and learned to crochet at age 9, in my school in my country, since there awakened this passion for crochet, but I'm a nurse, my second passion is crochet.asi not say that this is only for older people Because since childhood I am doing, and I take this opportunity to thank him for all classes in which I learn a lot.

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  49. Teresa, I have been crocheting since my grandma taught me when I was 4. Through the whole 45 years has been through phases, doll clothes when I was real young, hats - scarfs - mittens as a teenager, blankets, scarfs etc as a mom - now that I am a "old lady" I can do anything I want - I am having a blast teaching my grandkids and making amigarumi for them.

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  50. Funny you should ask about the first time I learned to crochet. I always remember it fondly, and a mark of how "cool it was-- never old fashioned. It was in the early 70s when I was a student at Boston University-- a time of good debate, protests, and hippies. I learned from a roommate, and promptly made a shawl. It was a way to hang out with the girls-- something we don't do enough these days. It was a sisterhood, and I will never forget that time

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  51. I was taught to crochet by my Grandma when i was about 11-12, but never really got into to it then. I started again about a yr ago,(45 now), and i'm Hooked! :)
    I'm disabled, and it really helps to pass the time! Thanks to you Teresa for teaching me new things that grandma never did. Now i come up with my own patterns when i can't find what i want!

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  52. Well I only started crochet recently and I am 48 while I'm told I still look in my 30's LOL but I make heaps of things for my daughter and her teenage mates great colours assymetrical designs exciting yarns I don't think its really an "old lady thing" just a sad sterotype by another ignorant male, Its what you make it really its relaxing enticing and exciting I make wraps from mohair, with silk and beads I make things from natural grasses and leather it can only be limited by my imagination so to those with that old lady thoughts I blow rasberries at them LOL cheers Lou yarn bomber in Brisbane Australia

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  53. I Was About 10 When I First learned The chain Stitch. My Mama & Daddy BOught Me A Crochet Kit For Christmas One Year,, And Daddy whiddled Me A Hook Out Of A Stich, And that Was my First crochet Hook. Taught By Grandma To Ripple Stich Thru Out The Years Before Her Passing, And Haven't Let Up Since. I'm 50 Now, With 5 Grandkids,Definately Not An OL LADIES Thing.
    Dottie In Va

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  54. I was maybe 10 years old when I just learned how to crochet :) My grandmother thought me. She also thought me how to knit. I remember making scarves and purses for my friend. At one point I made purses for all the girls in my class :) I just loved giving people gifts!!!

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  55. I learned to crochet in elementary school when i was 9 years old. It was 45 years ago... and i am still learning .I even thaught my son when he was about 20.Ariella.

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  56. I learned last year aged 27, I do hope that doesn't make me an old lady!, and I've shown my 2 daughters aged 7 & 8 how to do it too so certainly not an 'old lady' craft at all.

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  57. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who didn't learn until their 20s! So many start so young, I feel out of the loop sometimes. The old lady stereotype bothers me too. A lot of women my age think I am boring because I do creative things. Sorry I don't want to go party haha

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  58. I was 8. A neighbor taught me because she saw me having a hard time knitting. It's been an on again, off again relationship since. Funny enough, neither my mom who taught me how to knit, nor this neighbor (whom I haven't seen in 13 years) ever really did much needlework.

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  59. I was 21! Some young moms (ages 25-40) in my church had a knitting/crochet night one Tuesday a month and I decided it was something I really wanted to learn. I could see all the beautiful things they made! I asked if they would teach me and they took me under their wing! They taught me knitting first, but when I learned crochet soon after that I found it was a bit easier for me. Now I do both, though I can only do basic things. I hope to improve much over time. Your tutorials are SO helpful!
    The stereotype seems strange to me, especially since I learned that when it first began it was mainly done by men! I guess I'm confused a little by the stereotype because the only people I have ever seen knit or crochet (even in cartoons) have been expecting mothers!
    Anyway, thank you for all your tutorials!

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  60. I only just started and I'm 23 :)

    Loving it's addicitve nature :)

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  61. My sister taught me when I was 10 and I spent 4 years furiously crocheting away. Then, other things intervened and crocheting slip(stitched) out of my life until a couple of years ago when I picked it up again. Now, I am happily crocheting away. I can see why some people equate crocheting with "little-old-ladies". After all, that's all anyone has seen and, stereotypically, it's "granny" who has done the yarn work. It's a vestige of many hundreds of years of women catering to hearth and home with lace work and yarn work providing such things as warmth and other nurturance. Men do create and produce but theirs is the realm of beyond the home - or so the stereotype goes.

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  62. Hi Teresa.....I happened to be the ripe age of 12 when I learned to crochet and fell in love with the craft. I went active duty military at the age of 17 and would always revert to this pastime because of how relaxing and comforting it was to me and still is. No matter how stressed out I am, or how much turmoil could be going on ....crocheting brings me comfort and relaxation...as for the male who is buying into the sterotype of this craft being just for "old ladies" I supposed he needs to take a greater look around and see that this is just not the case. I love sharing my knowledge with the younger generation and there is no better feeling in the world as looking at a piece that you have accomplished. Thanks for sharing your passion with the rest of the world.

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  63. HI Teresa......I learned to crochet at the ripe age of 12 and fell in love with the craft. It has stayed with me through all the different stages of my life...having been active duty military I found great comfort in the relaxation this hobby has brought me. I love to share it with the younger generations. As for the guy who is sterotyping this hobby as something "for the old ladies" he should re think this again.....it is definitely "NOT" just for the "old ladies" it is very fulfilling to see the works of you hand and labor come to life. Thanks for sharing your passion of this craft with the rest of the world...I greatly appreciate you.....

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  64. HI Teresa......I learned to crochet at the ripe age of 12 and fell in love with the craft. It has stayed with me through all the different stages of my life...having been active duty military I found great comfort in the relaxation this hobby has brought me. I love to share it with the younger generations. As for the guy who is sterotyping this hobby as something "for the old ladies" he should re think this again.....it is definitely "NOT" just for the "old ladies" it is very fulfilling to see the works of you hand and labor come to life. Thanks for sharing your passion of this craft with the rest of the world...I greatly appreciate you.....

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  65. I, like so many others, learned as a child - around 6 years old. I am now 60. My joy is to teach children who admire my scarves and hats, to "pass it on." I receive such peace and joy and purpose in my charity crocheting. I love to see so many young people taking up this art as well.

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  66. hmm that sounds like a typical guy response! i learned before i was 10, and it continues to be my favorite hobby today at 24!!!

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  67. I taught myself to crochet at 20 while pregnant with my oldest daughter. Both of my daughter's (now 25 & 12) taught themselves to crochet, with some advice and help from me. I feel that if crochet is something that they want to do, they will be willing to teach themselves and they have. My advice merely helps them to sort out their mistakes a bit easier than I did.

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  68. I'm 23 and I crochet at all times! At work the other day, someone teased me about being an "old lady" for crocheting doilies. It doesn't bother me, but it's silly.

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  69. I learned my freshman year in college, from 2 of my roommates who learned when they were kids. One of them always submitted projects in the county fair as a kid.

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  70. I didn't have the patience when my mom tried to teach me the first time. I'm 27 now and have been crocheting for a few months. All of my friends not only want me to hand make things for them, but are asking me to teach them how to crochet as well. I think it's a very useful skill and a great way to make special gifts for others. I think the stereotype probably comes from the fact that in our tech-driven society, many young people only see their grandmothers crocheting and don't realize its value.

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  71. i was learn to crochet when i was 25 i am 36 with tereza i learn to crochet amazink thinks that i didn't know
    many many thanks tereza.
    i love crochet
    i havent work right know i and if i havent crochet i will be crazy in my house

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  72. I just started to crochet and I am a 34 year old Male. I began to crochet because I feel it is relaxing and can keep your mind from getting old. Reading the patterns sometimes is like reading another lanquage. I love it.... It is crocheting that I feel will keep me from growing old in terms of my brain function. LOL

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  73. I learned to crochet (self taught) finally when I was in my early 30's. I tried when I was about 10 with my grandma, but she was right handed and I am a leftie so that didn't pan out til I taught myself like I said in my early 30's. Some of the hottest fashions worn by the hottest models and celebs are knitted and/or especially crocheted...old ladies pppfffftttt!LOL

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  74. Hi
    I learned it around 5 or 6, but around 7 or 8 thats a part of our classes in school anyway. So most kids in Switzerland learn to crochet in school, at least the girls, mostly boys then have a different art of classes - more "boyish", ya know, wood and stuff :)

    But through the years I learned to love and enjoy to crochet and create so much nicer things than the projects in school.
    I can't wait to have children and teach them as well!

    Greetings from Zurich
    Ahuefa

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  75. My grama always knitted when I was a little girl, but I never really got it. I tried and tried, but it was just something I would never learn. We moved next door to my God-Mother when I was around 8. She was an avid crocheter and cross-stitcher. I learned to cross-stitch very quicky, but was afraid to learn crochet because of how difficult it was for me to learn to knit, but once I picked up that hook, I never put it down.
    I never finished a project until I was an adult, but I learned to crochet when I was 8.

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  76. HA! I was 8ish : ). When my girls wear the things I make, I do hear comments like, "Someone has a grandmother who enjoys crocheting!" To which I say, "No, they have a mommy who does."

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  77. I agree it is not for "old ladies"...I started three years ago and am 61 now....I wish sooo much I had started sooner....I have a lot to catch up......I think the stereotype comes from the fact that it is something you can do while you are sitting....so older ladies can enjoy it as well....I hope to get good enough to were later...later in my life I will still be enjoying it....Crocheting engages my mind in a way nothing else does....I love figuring out patterns and feel I have accomplished something when I am done....it lets me be creative....and I started when my husband got a cancer diagnostic....I had to find something to do....so I am blessed.....

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  78. I think this all started when women tried to hard to prove that they were just like men. And we stopped doing all things that were considered 'domestic' or hyper feminine. but the older women during that transitional time stuck to their guns and kept cooking knitting etc... and so many of us only have that memory of older women doing these things because all the younger women were out trying to prove a point(or if they were crocheting they were hiding because they did not want to seem like they weren't progressive) but the older Diva's (grandma's etc) already knew they were just as awesome as men just different and they didn't need to stop being domestically gifted so they kept knitting, crocheting etc...make sense?

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  79. I learned to crochet when I was about 12 or 13 years old and I did it a lot then I just stopped doing it and now watching your videos I had started again, I am on my 40's so unless someone thinks that I am old little lady because i do crochet...well,that's totally a stereotype!!!

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  80. I leanred when I was about 7ish? My mother always crocheted things, and I wanted to learn so she taught me. I did not get really into it till i was 14 and it became my hobby, even if i was really bad at it. in college I learned more my limitations and that i needed to start small. I made a whole bunch of scarfs for friends and family, or I bought material and made patterns-borders. It was my last year of highschool and start of college when some of my friends started to learn how to crochet as well. I am now 26 (almost 27) and want to get into some harder (but small) projects.

    I never did well with full on blankets (I get bored easily) so edging was a good solution for me. Now I am working on hat-glove sets and decorations. small, challenging and fun!

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  81. I learned to crochet when I was 8 years old. I was hardly an old Lady. Matter of fact, I am still no old lady. He needs to know, crochet is not neccessarily an "old-Ladies-Sport", since a lot of older people have pains when crocheting or knitting.

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  82. I was around 9 or ten years old when a lady friend who lived next door to me taught me how to crochet. My first project was a Granny square afghan. I have stayed crocheting over the years off and on as it stimulates my brain cells better than any 'word' game and also relaxes me. I enjoy giving the things I have made away.

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  83. I was around 8 or 9 years old when my next door neighbor lady friend taught me how to crochet. my first project was a granny square afghan. I am now 57 years young and I still enjoy the skill. I enjoy giving away the pretty things I have made. Crocheting relaxes me and stimulates my brain cells bett than any 'word' game. I am blessed to know how.

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  84. I think I was 10 when a family friend showed me how to crochet. I am now 35yrs old and my 5yr old wants to crochet like mummy.

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  85. I was only 25 when I learned, and my 33 year old boyfriend helped me get started. He doesn't crochet anymore, but he did when he was young. Now my skill far exceeds his and I totally love it. Crochet isn't just for old ladies anymore!

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  86. when I was7 yrs old, my grandma and my aunt tried to teach me how to crochet. They succeded to teach me chaining, nothing more.

    I am now 16, I started crocheting two weeks ago and I really enjoy it. There's hasn't been a day I did not crochet.

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  87. I think that the stereotype started because Grandmas have a lot more time to do these things. They can't do a lot of things they were used to anymore, so they have to find a way to keep themselves productive. That's why tons of people have the picture of a crocheter as a granny sitting on her rocking chair, cause they're common. I personally find it bad taste when someone makes a joke about me crocheting like an old lady, not because I don't want to be an old lady, I think they're the best cooks, crafters, carers; but saying that a 30 year old acts older just cause I know how to craft with a hook? That's very ignorant minded. I'm glad there's a lot of young kids learning this. I wish there were more boys doing it!

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  88. I was 16 or 17 when I learned. I remember watching my grandmother knit and crochet when I was child. I loved to watch her fingers fly as she created some of the most amazing things. She made beautiful Barbie clothes, doilies, afghans, etc... When I got older I wanted to learn so my (now ex) boyfriend's mother taught me. I am now 29 and love to crochet. My husband jokes that I am addicted to yarn. I think the stereotype is probably because people think that old ladies are the only ones that have enough time and interest to knit or crochet.

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  89. I learned to crochet when I was about nine or ten. Twenty years later, I still love it!

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  90. I taught myself when I was 9. I'm now 25 and knit and spin as well as crochet. I think the stigma is slowly going away, its just taking a while :)


    http://itchingforastitching.blogspot.com

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  91. I learned to crochet this year! I am 23! And I have fell head over heals in LOVE with my needles and yarn!!! I make everything and everything I see!! I have folders over folders of projects! You have been such an inspiration.. if I cant figure something out.. I look to you!!! A friend taught me DC first and then I found you!!! A lot of people make fun of me for my crochet.. until they want something.. lol....

    Teresa I was wondering.. I need some help on a project my Aunt and I are thinking up.. but I dont know if you have time.. my email is southernhotttness@gmail.com if you have time or anything. I would be honored for your time and help.

    Thanks Ashley

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  92. Like many others, i learned from my mother and grandmother as a young girl. It was a great way to develop fine motor skills as a child. I only made a handful of blankets growing up, and let years pass with my hooks stuffed, forgotten in a closet somewhere, but whenever I return to them I am always reminded of how much i love sitting in a comfortable chair crocheting.

    This year, at 38 with 2 kids, I am discovering new patterns and new ideas for things to make, and my girls express interest in learning but are usually to wiggly to sit and work long. I think this aspect... sitting still for a measurable length of time is why the feeling of 'granny' still persists. It is hard to find time to sit still and crochet for many busy, working people (of any age).

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  93. Your videos and blogs are so helpful! I have just picked up crocheting again, I tend to alternate. But my mom taught me to crochet when I was about 5 and found a crochet needle and asked her what it was, my grandmother taught me to embroider, and my other grandma taught me to knit. I tend to alternate between the 3 plus quilting which my mom also taught me, but I think the "old lady" thing is because it used to be that before TV, women used to do needlework when it got dark outside, but as that generation grew up and the next started, TV came into play, and the new generation didn't want to learn so it ended up being that only the "old ladies" would be doing needlework.
    I for one am glad that needle arts are coming back because I love them and I'm only 18!
    Thank you so much for all the videos and patterns!

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  94. I learned the basics at 8 years old from my reat gradnma. Began crocheting blankets and barbie clothes for my cousins at 14 or 15. I am 28 and love to crochet!

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  95. I learned the basics of crochet at 8 years old and began actively crocheting at 1314 or 15 making blankets and barbie clothes for my cousins. Making up my own patterns

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  96. I was around 12 when my grandmother tought me how to crochet..... I am teching my girls now and they are 10 and 5... it is a great way to make your own items they sell in the store YOUR way!!

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  97. I learned when I was a little girl from my grandmother. I am now teaching my girls who are 5 & 10. It is a wonderful way to bond and also keep going the love of crafts and creativity...

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  98. My grandma taught me how to chain and do dc when i was little, but i forgot everything! She lives far far away and mom can't crochet. I'm 25 now and I (re)learned last year with your YouTube videos ñ_ñ Btw, thanks!! ♥

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  99. I know this is an older post, but I wanted to add my thoughts.

    I was 13 when my mom taught me how to crochet. I recently started teaching my 8 year old niece how to crochet. When my 5 year old get a bit older, I would like to teach her.

    I suppose we all turn into "little old ladies" someday, but I'd say it's just a skill/hobby that we learn young and just enjoy most our lives.

    Funny story: My father-in-law has no sisters, no daughters. He's a car guy and a little gruff sometimes. If I crochet at his house, he will take my yarn and roll it into balls for me. He used to roll yarn for his mother when he was younger and still enjoys doing it.

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  100. Anna,
    Thank you for sharing. Please never worry about the date. Conversations can go on for a long time. :)

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  101. I taught myself from a book when I was around 13.
    As for how the stereotype got started not really sure but everytime someone sees me knitting or crocheting in public they usually say that they remember when there grandma or mom used to do that years ago. Some people say they didnt know anyone did it anymore(what are all the craft stores for than? lol)

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  102. That's hilarious...why market a DVD to little old ladies if they supposedly already KNOW how to crochet. I learned at 45, a couple of years ago but have been knitting since I was a little girl. Love it.

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  103. Hello dear Teresa. I for one, started a very long time ago, that is before the IIWW. about 6,or even
    younger. Now I am an Old Age Pensioner, getting very near to 80!
    But,since I got a PC. about 7 years
    ago (getting much better!) have found your site-that is now a few years and YOU HAVE TOUGHT ME SO MUCH! THANK YOU!! as we only use to
    do very plain things at the beginning. Now I CAN DO MUCH BETTER! Well, over the years new things has come,the cottons has almost gone so we use knitting yarns.Never mind,It is just a pleasure to make things,specially whan one knows how! I knit,sew,
    crochet and some others I use to do
    but not any more is embrodery. Just
    too small.Please dear Teresa, just
    in the very best of health and keep
    up the most wonderful work to teach
    as many persons on this Globe to use their hand to create and not
    being idle! EVERYONE CAN DO IT! IF
    THEY WANT TOO!! It is a very good
    therapy for young as well as well in years. I love your show and I keep up with them. Best wishes to you always
    from the other side of the very big
    blue water=England : Julie

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  104. hi Teresa - I learned to crochet as a child - most little old ladies in nursing homes can't afford to buy anything - so that was not a good idea by that guy - there may be a few who want to learn, but I agree with you, that younger people need to learn - you develop skills over years of practice - you are doing a great job - keep itup!

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  105. I'm 43 now. Not in nursing home. I love your videos and look forward to them.
    I started when I wAs young. Then stopped. then started again when I was pregnant with first son. Made him a blanket.

    Then stopped again.

    Then just started again after seeing your videos.

    Btw. Still hoping for towel toppers and toilet paper covers. Lmao. Jackie

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  106. hetvenot2010 - Thank you for your wonderful words.

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  107. I learned to knit at 17 taught by my great-aunt and to crochet at 20 by a friends much younger niece. I am 61 and have done both "arts" for all these years. These are not old ladies arts or young folks art. They are for all who strive to make our world more beautiful.

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  108. Shalom Theresa, my name is Ariellah. I was taught to crochet by my mother when I was 8. She was taught by her mother and ditto down the family tree. I taught my children to crochet when they were 10, all of them still crochet and my eldest daughter taught her husband to crochet as I too taught mine. The man that stereotyped "old ladies" as crocheters should realize that the shepherds (all males)of our ancestry that would crochet blankets for their newborn lambs and kids out of the lesser or imperfect fleece from their flocks. Furthermore it was the shepherds that actually invented tunisian crochet (AKA shepherds knit) in desperation to make a thicker blanket for icy nights to increase their newborn survival.

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  109. I learned to crochet when I was only about 13. It was in an arts & crafts class at school. I loved it, and still do. But I have never been able to make my own patterns. I just follow others. I hadn't crocheted for many years up until last Christmas. My husband wanted an afghan, so I figured it out again. I have learned a lot from your videos, and I am so glad you do this for all of us in cyber world. You have a way of teaching that is just so easy to understand.

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  110. My grandmother taught me when I was 8. if I had been another kind of person I would have left on the first lesson. She said: "Chain 100" and then she checked, if they were not equal and flat she pulled the yarn and I had to start over, but once I got it right, everything else was very easy. That was how she was taught and that's how I learned. 26 years later, -now I'm 34- and thousands of miles of yarn later, I teach my friends how to crochet with the same patience and love with which my grandmother taught me.

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  111. Another statement i heard was that a hobby only lasts for 2 years!! I think it lasts for life!! I learned to crochet at the age of 8 and knit at the age of 11!

    I think this started because of handmade stuff being industrialized and people really believe that no one does this anymore and they can't imagine people wanting to learn this at all and keep on doing it for the rest of their lives! I think that is sad! There is so much fun in crocheting and knitting!

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  112. I think the stereo type comes from the fact that although younger women know how to crochet, and enjoy crocheting, their busy lives don't allow much time to really do much crocheting. THink about it, usually in your younger child rearing years you are busy with caring for your family. Young children, school programs, church, carpool, soccer, etc. That doesn't even include the fact that most young women work outside the home. So add that to an already super crammed life and it makes it hard to find the time to crochet. Many times it's when we are empty nesters that we really get the time to sit back and enjoy our hobbies. That has been true for me. Well, either that or people are just ignorant. : )

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  113. I'm 20 now and I've been crocheting (and knitting) for years. :) Only scarves though...I'm just now starting to try to teach myself hats! Yay! But I'm always being picked on by coworkers and friends, they call me "old" because I do this. :\

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  114. I learned a couple monthes ago and Im 13

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  115. I was about 10 or so, learned the basics from my mother.

    I didn't do it again for long years until i found a lovely knit cardigan I loved, but one of the sleeve seams started unraveling. I didn't want to shell out another $40 for a new one, so i bought a little skein of yarn and a J needle and zipped it right back up.

    I didn't want to waste the rest of the yarn, so I decided i'd try and make a scarf for my boyfriend (he chills easily) and figured it would be a fun, personalized way to make christmas presents for everybody.

    The little puff stitch caps I made for his neice and nephew are evidently quite the rage.

    It's just sort of escalated from there :o

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  116. First of all, I am neither old NOR am I a lady. I am a 25 year old male! I was taught by my grandmother to begin a crochet chain, link together, and crochet circles when I was 6 years old. She then got sick and wasn't able to teach me any more before she died. I am now 25 and teaching myself via tutorials from you and trial and error.

    Get rid of the stereotype FOR SURE!

    And thank you sooo much for the help!

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  117. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was no older than 10-12. I'm just now picking it up again at the age of 19. Definitely not an old lady!

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  118. My great aunt Maude taught me to crochet when I was 10. I taught myself to knit(not real good ) around 30. I taught myself to embroidery and cross stitch when I was in my 30's. I don't think any of those ages qualify to be OLD Lady. When I was in my teens and wanted to go run around like. Other girls my daddy told me well you stay home and do "your yarn stuff" and then when those friends are home taking care of babies and doing what you are doing and you will be partying. Well I did what he said but still ended up getting married young. That was OK tho I have made alot of gifts and taught others including my momma to crochet ..

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  119. My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was 9---I was "hooked" right away, so much so that I even loved just sitting and making long chains, LOL!

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  120. I was about seven when I learned to knit with the Knifty Knitters and I would knit baby hats to be given to Guatemalan Hospitals for newborns. I made well over 100 when I was there. Then about at the age of 11 I started to crochet (without any knowledge) to escape the stress of my dad's girlfriend who was verbally abusive. I then throughout the years was crocheting a lot of odds and ends such as hats for newborns, bags, cat toys, and so on. I am now making wardrobe things for myself... I have a completed crocheted hat with earflaps and long braids with pompoms in my lap, a cowl around my neck, and a crocheted rose near my hat... I now am also working on a crocheted blanket... have to rest my hands... I can never set down my hook and yarn! I crochet all the time :)

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