When I was a young girl my mother taught me how to crochet. Over the years this hobby has brought me so much joy. There’s something so uplifting about the creative process. Taking raw materials and transforming them into something useful has always given me a sense of accomplishment.
Over the years, crocheting has also brought me through some very difficult times. When everything in my world seemed dark and I was powerless to change anything, I always had at least one positive activity I could enjoy.
I’ve made countless blankets and rugs over the years. And yet, I don’t own a single piece I’ve made. For me, the best part of crocheting is giving my projects away. It has always amazed me that something, anything that I could do would bless others in some way. And so I started using the blankets I made to share God’s love and my love with others. I like to call them portable hugs because when you wrap one of these blankets around you it’s like I’m giving you a big hug! I started giving these blankets away in 1997. And by now, they can be found in the homes of people I love from one coast to the other.
One thing that these portable hugs has taught me is that when you have a heart to share love, God can use almost any ability or talent you have to fulfill that desire. Is there a hobby or talent you enjoy that could be used to bless others? Maybe you’ve never really considered this?
As for me, the blessing I receive when sharing love with others far outweighs any time, material or work I put into these blankets. It reminds me of Luke 6:38 which states: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
I’ve posted a few pics of some of my portable hugs. I love sharing this craft and I’m open to any questions you have on the patterns, yarn or my portable hugs outreach.