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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Katie Wright!!!
Katie Wright (#5600) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner, Intermediate & Expert Level Crochet Merit Badge!
“I have crocheted for years and enjoy making scarfs, hats, and even have enjoyed doilies and bags. I do also make dishcloths, but prefer the knit ones to the crocheted ones. I have made some pretty potholders also.
For my Beginner badge, I made a scarf, crocheting it the long way and using up scraps of yarn. It was crocheted in the back of the stitches and made it ridged, which adds to the texture and prettiness of it. I actually made three of these scarfs and have two to send in my box to the Native American Elders Project in Utah, which I mail out each August with hats, scarfs, socks and mittens, and this year, even a sweater.
My scarf turned our very festive, and I worked on it once at my knitting circle so I could show another lady how to crochet. She likes knitting better, but she at least tried to crochet.
For my Intermediate level badge, I decided to make a carry tote, actually making two: one for my library book tote, and the other I am using to take to a friend’s home, where I am teaching not only her, but her two daughters, ages 8 and 6, to crochet. I have crocheted in front of them, and at my knitting circle when I was working on a scarf and also while glamping and a friend came to visit.
My totes are so nice. I used double strands of yarn and also sewed a corduroy lining for them. I used one of them at the grocery store and the cashier checked it all over as she was learning to crochet, so I shared to pattern with her later.
For my Expert level badge, I have been teaching several people to crochet, and have a few more ladies that have asked me to do so. I start them with a chain and then in making a scarf or dishcloth, and then they can move on to a hat. For my project, I again took much leftover yarn, and used some double and some single and made granny squares, small ones, about 4 inches square. Then I crocheted them together into a very long shawl for myself. I put fringe on it, also in multiple colors. It is cheery, heavy, and warm, and I use it when glamping, either early morning just to pop out with my Daisy Dog or in the evening sitting outside by the campfire.
I believe this piece turned out very lovely. I have had lots of compliments on it. My daughter-in-love (yes, love, not law, but she and my son are legally married for 25 years now) is an avid crocheter. She checked it all over when coming out for breakfast one morning recently while I was glamping near the lake. She plans to make one for a friend and use up some of her scrap yarns.”
Katie, congratulations on your crochet badge levels!! All of your projects are just beautiful and so nicely done!! I also love how you are inspiring others and teaching them to crochet. It is very satisfying to achieve the skill to make something pretty and useful. Your tote is my favorite of your projects. What fun it is with bright colors and details. Enjoy creating more beautiful projects for yourself, family and friends!