Look at the tension in that face. I was concentrating so hard to get it perfect.
It looked crooked, uneven and there were gathers in the wrong places, so I yanked the yarn and it came nicely apart and I started all over again. Those holes sure got stretched.
I don't know how many times, but eventually I finished my project.
Meanwhile my friends ridiculed me, asked me to relocate, told me that I was an embarrassment for them, and they actually started making up silly poems about me crocheting on the beach. Nothing off my back.
Meanwhile a thought came to me...Maybe I could become a fashion designer for new beach cover-ups!! Take a look, it fits nicely around one cheek, leaving a sexy peak-a-boo leg. And because it's double flannel layette it prevented any see-through material disguising any further distractions.
It didn't take long and people actually started walking across the pool to check out what was causing this excitement and commotion.
Polly became my hero and friend. As you can see, the chairs around me are now empty. Everyone left.
Polly and I shared quite quickly, back and forth about things that matter most. She has been making crafts for 30 years and was so encouraging, inspiring and motivating.
She's even invited me to her home in Utah for lunch and wants to send me more patterns.
It's great to meet new people and share ideas regardless of what others think.
On our final evening I made a presentation to those who scorned me the most, with one of my newly designed fashions customized to fit. Take a close look.
Have any of you women ever gone up a hot stuffy elevator with a man who did not wear a shirt? Oh My!! I knew right now that this man would be the first to inherit a one-of a-kind cover-up so that there were no more excuses for lost shirts.
The two burbs bibs were just the right size, hand stitched together showing the physique of of this well tanned young man. I was hoping he would model without the shirt, but sorry, we're all out of luck. I'm starting to take orders!!
Only the memories exist!!!
"Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
Blankets can come in all shapes, forms and fashions, but by next week this little fluffy flannel blanket, with all it's hard earned stitches, that only an Oma can enjoy for it's own worth, will be wrapping it's warmth around a precious newborn.