Or in this case the hook. A few years ago I taught my then 10 year old niece to crochet. Just a few of the basic stitches, but enough that she used pony beads and yarn to create bracelets which she then sold or traded for classroom cash to buy things she wanted. (this was apparently a program started by her teacher. the kids got play money for attendance, behavior, grades, improvement, etc. then each month they could cash in the money for small dollar tree type gifts). About 2 years ago she got into beading. This for her is "THE CRAFT". All crafters know what this is, the one craft we cannot stop doing, thinking about, or talking about. It is our passion. At the tender age of 16 she is turning out necklaces, pendants, earrings, etc that she is selling to classmates, teachers, family friends, and others. I am so very proud of her. When she goes off to college in a couple of years, she'll have a built in way to get that little extra spending money when she wants it.
Back a little over 2 years ago my brother married a wonderful young woman with two of the sweetest kids. Now age 10, her daughter has decided that Aunt Sharon needs to teach her to crochet. My sister set her up with a hand picked kit of yarn, hooks, and other supplies for Christmas. So far she has mastered the chain stitch and the slip stitch. Her goal, to learn a new stitch every week and make her Grandmothers some dish cloths and pot holders for Christmas. Her younger brother in the mean time has decided he needs to learn to knit. Guess I better get my knitting needles out and brush up on my technique.
It is a wonderful feeling to know that the gift of crafting that my Grandmother passed down to me is now being passed on to the next generation. I love being able to pass the torch.