Gifted Poncho

I received a beautiful warm and cozy poncho from my mother-in-law. She made one for all her daughters (3), daughter-in-law (me, 1) and granddaughters (4) for Christmas but decided we could all use them now for the chilly autumn weather. I’m so glad she did too. I can’t imagine making 8 ponchos without a pattern within a months time. We all knew she was making them because she took each of us to pick out the colors we wanted. All the other women/girls picked out really pretty colors (each one picked a variegated plus a solid color). I admit I felt a little bit like I should do that too. Anyone that knows me won’t be too surprised by that admission. I rarely rock the boat. I tend to go with the flow and not really speak my mind unless its something I’m extremely adamant about.
So standing in Hobby Lobby with all of this beautiful, vibrant yarn (I knew I wanted I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby so that’s the section we were in) I finally spoke up. I said, “every color I look at brings me back to teal because it’s my favorite and it makes me happy so I just want a solid teal poncho. Is that ok?” I didn’t even realize I was holding a breath until I sighed with relief when she hugged me and chuckled “Of course! It’s your poncho!” So that’s the story of this poncho. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it at work and this past Saturday while she and I visited several holiday craft fairs.
Even though I didn’t make this project I wanted to share it because, well, its crochet and I love it. But also because she is the one who introduced me to crochet (I’d never heard of it before I met her) and she’s always interested in what I’ve made and what I’m thinking of next. I hope one day I can teach someone else to crochet who loves it as much as I do. Then I can give them the same compliment she gave me to another crocheter this last weekend: the student has surpassed the teacher. While that is far from the truth it is an encouragement and blessing to know that just like my own parents, my mother-in-law is proud of what I’m doing through crochet.
Do you have an amazing craft mentor or do you mentor a beginner crocheter? I’d love to know your story. Share in the comments!

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