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Cindie Bennett

Rustic Cabin Pillow
Cindie Bennett

Starting when I was a little girl, my parents would send me to visit my grandparents on weekends. And, while of course I enjoyed doing kid stuff, my grandmother always knew that she could find me on our crafty neighbor's porch, watching raptly as she worked on some fascinating craft: painting or carving wood, making jewelry or crocheting. I would sit patiently no matter the project, but I was completely mesmerized every time she crocheted. Finally, when I was 9, she taught me to single crochet. And so she ignited my crochet spark.

But that spark my crafty neighbor lit remained smoldering for a long time as I continued to grow through my teens. I became involved with friends and sports—and boys. My crochet hook lay idle and grew dusty.

Finally, in my mid-20s and pregnant with my third child, I picked up my hook again. This time—I'm a lefty—I taught myself how to crochet left-handed. Now I can't go a day without my crochet projects. If I'm not actually crocheting, I'm talking about crochet, teaching someone to crochet or working on a design project.

In 2013, I started "Academics of Yarn" and discovered the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that comes from teaching others about crochet.

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