Back in 1965, an expectant Bonnie Sheboy, who now lives in Tyler, wanted to make a baby sweater set for her third child – a hat, sweater and booties.
She walked 10 blocks to a yarn shop in Cleveland, Ohio, where she resided then, and asked how much crochet lessons would cost. She was offered help free if she bought an instruction book, yarn and crochet hook from the yarn store.
Ms. Sheboy learned to crochet. She gave her first baby sweater set to her sister’s baby and made another set for her own baby daughter.
Ms. Sheboy became so engrossed in crocheting that she would take crochet materials with her to the bank and crochet while standing in line until she got to be the first in line, then stopped her crochet project and did her banking.
“I didn’t want to stand in line with nothing in my hands,” she recalled. Ms. Sheboy was a stay-at-home mom for 19 years before working at a factory for 11 years and later as a teacher’s aide for five years.
Now Ms. Sheboy leads a crochet class at 9 a.m. Tuesdays for seniors at Tyler Senior Center, 1915 Garden Valley Road. The class began in April 2008. Using different colored yarns, the class works all year making items to give away at Christmas.
Class members crochet caps and matching scarves for boys and girls. They have given them to students at the Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs, along with Ramey and Douglas elementary schools in Tyler and to a children’s home in Gladewater.
The class usually makes 40 to 45 scarves and hats every year.
“Thank you for making my Christmas present,” some children have written back in thank you notes.
Additionally, the class crochets bed size spreads for Hospice of East Texas. Class members make slippers and lap blankets for senior citizens in nursing homes that they can also wrap around their shoulders to keep warm. The class currently has about 10 robes ready for senior citizens.
Members sew labels into the lap blankets for nursing homes where a…