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88-Year-Old Army Woman Wins Crochet Award

Emma Layton sounds like she is probably a really cool woman. She served five years in the army during World War II, an era when women mostly supported war efforts at home rather than traveling abroad as members of the military. But doing stereotypically “male” things doesn’t mean that Layton left her feminine roots behind. She started crocheting (a stereotypically “female” art) when she was a child and is still crocheting today at the age of 88. In fact, West Virginia Journal staff writer Jenni Vincent reports that Layton recently won first place at the 2011 National Creative Arts Festival for a crocheted throw that she created. In addition to being the first place winner of this festival, she was also voted the people’s choice winner for her crochet work. As you can see from the photo above, Layton used very colorful yarn to create a ripple crochet blanket. The…