Most people don’t know, my parents owned a fairground in Sauble Beach, Ontario Canada. It was called Kiddie Land. We had rides and an 18 hole mini golf. Unlimited golf and rides, what more could a kid ask for! Today, the fairground has been removed but now sits a large mini putt course in its spot. It’s on the Main Street. It was here that my crafting journey started. In a town of less than 500 and two blurry TV stations during our winters. My mom kept us busy with crafts, specifically yarn arts, and other things.
During the winters, my mother used to make Barbie Size doll clothing. Being there was three kids, we went through cereal like crazy. Mom would cut out the boxes, make the doll clothes and then saran wrap them to the cardboard to give them as gifts. During the summers, my mom would see kids in our fairground to gift them with her creations.
When seeing this crochet pattern, I had flash backs of my mother gifting these children. Though I cannot remember her specifically making the clothes. I think she was doing it while we were in school. Living in small towns can be really tough. I remember when my younger brother went to school for the first time, my mother was exceptionally lonely and felt like her best friend was taken away from her. With virtually no friends, vacated tourist town and no decent TV, she used the crafts to occupy her time.
In many ways, my mom is my hero and more for allowing us to find entertainment within ourselves. Today, I would rather pick up a crochet hook today then to play a video game. I would rather search through crochet patterns with dreams in my head than to watch TV.
You see, my mom taught me the power of giving oneself as you most precious and valuable gift you could ever give.
Get this free Retro Doll Accessories Crochet Pattern. May you give a part of yourself through your creativity to child or a doll collector.