Today I just wanted to let you know about a short crochet story called My Mother’s Dress. The short memoir-based tale by Laurie Elmquist is about the power of crochet to help us get through the tough times of daily life.
On the Surface
The basic story is a memory from a girl whose family had moved to a new town. Her mother used to have a job and friends but she left those behind and was lonely in this new place. She passed the time by crocheting for herself, first making a vest and then making some other things and eventually spending the whole cold, lonely winter crocheting herself a brown wool dress.
Deeper than That
To me what the book is really about is the power of crochet and crafting, something obviously close to my own heart. The mother eventually finishes her crochet dress, made of seemingly endless pounds of scratchy cheap brown yarn. The dress looks beautiful but is cumbersome and she only wears it once. Nevertheless, she never gets rid of the dress and the reason is because as the author says it was “a reminder of that first winter and how she survived it”. Crochet can help us survive, in ways both big and small.