War veteran reveals new passion for crochet

War veteran reveals new passion for crochet (thinkstock)

Picking up knitting needles or a crochet hook can happen at any time in life, whether you've shown an interest before or not.

This is certainly the case for 93-year-old World War II veteran Ernst Stark, who since learning to crochet has found a new lease of life.

After serving in the military for seven years, The State reports that despite being heavily involved in important historic events he has a new priority.

While nothing can replace his wife Jeanette, who died in 1990, Mr Stark has found comfort in spending hours every day crocheting.

"I go out and eat and that's about it. I use all of my free time to crochet," he told the news site.

After an appendectomy at the age of 60, he was left unable to drive for six weeks and thoroughly bored.

A helpful neighbour then introduced him to crocheting to pass the time and keep his mind occupied.

Over the past 33 years he has made blankets for nearby nursing homes in South Carolina, as well making crocheted shawls for elderly women in wheelchairs.

Despite being in a nursing home now Mr Stark continues to crochet and spends his time making Christian blankets, wedding afghans and even scarves for dogs.

He regularly donates blankets to homeless charities and other veterans, putting his skills to good work.

"I've done several hundred of them [lap blankets]. I've enjoyed doing it. It makes people happy. It's useful production. I don't waste time doing it,' he went on to say.

This heartwarming story shows that there is no right or wrong age to start crocheting and while it may seem that it's a woman's game, plenty of men take it up too.

Crocheting is easy to start at home, requiring a hook and a ball of yarn. Intricate patterns and delicate items can be quickly knocked up and pretty quickly you'll find you've made a blanket in no time!

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