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Meet the Soldier Who Learned to Crochet While in Afghanistan

March 25th, 2014

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We featured David Muir on our Facebook page earlier this month, which received an overwhelming positive response. We asked him a few questions about himself and how he got interested in crocheting.

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, like where you’re from and why you decided to join the military.

I’m originally from Easton, Maryland but I call Pooler, Georgia home now. I joined the Army because of the “adventure” and “awesome toys” — eventually it became more than that. I worked with a group of individuals that became my great friends, and my family.

I was in the Army for 10 years until I decided to seek new adventures. Many of us were stationed together for 6+ years. At that point, others started getting out or changing duty station. It just changed. It wasn’t the same. I needed to try something new. When I got out of the Army in July 2011 I lived in Spain for the summer. I even worked at a scuba dive shop just for fun.

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David Muir and his first afghan,
made with Hometown USA.

After that I moved to Pooler, GA where I lived with my brother, Danny. I worked for Gulfstream as a Quality Engineer but soon missed my Army brothers. When I heard my old unit was deploying to Afghanistan, I decided to look for a job with the slight chance I’ll see them again. Working on the Apache Helicopter is my specialty so our field is quite small. Unfortunately I didn’t get the same base as my old unit, so I’m not in the military anymore. Now I work for DynCorp Aviation.

2. What made you decide to take up crocheting?

Two reasons: it’s impossible to find an afghan that you completely love and want to decorate a room; and I have two Boston Terriers that hate the cold. They have a few outfits for the slight winter in GA, but it’s hard to find something that fits either of them. Then one day I saw a book online for making dog clothes and thought, “I can do that.” I also thought something for Krista would be even better. So making Afghans is where I decided to start crocheting.

3. Why was Lion Brand you yarn of choice?

My sister-in-law Christina does all sorts of projects with yarn and gave me the idea for crocheting while out here. I understood there are many different kinds of stitches depending on the pattern, but not complicated like something to fit a dog. Once I started looking online for patterns, I got completely overwhelmed with the crochet language. Then I stumbled upon Lion brand’s website. I found patterns for all sorts of projects, a lot are free and all the materials (yarn, needle size etc.) are given and easily able to transfer to my cart to purchase. The definite plus is the Lion Brand support that can help with patterns. Also shipping to an APO was a must!

My first Afghan was the LSU colors, purple and gold for Krista. The next one I’m working on is a bit more tough but will be yellow (Krista’s favorite color). She has shown me a few other patterns from the Lion Brand website; they venture out of the “Afghan” category but I will be up for the challenge soon enough. The most complicated part is waiting two weeks to get the yarn to the base in Afghanistan. Not much of a choice, so patience is a virtue.

4. Tell me a little bit about the lucky girl who you’re sending your afghans to. How did you guys meet?

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Krista and I met at a wedding shower. My best friend’s sister, Melanie was getting married in a few weeks and I volunteered to help setup for the shower. Next thing I knew people were arriving. There was food delivered, beer, and music playing. My buddy asked me to stay so I couldn’t turn him down. Krista is a good friend to Melanie and showed up a while later (as a nurse so her work schedule isn’t always 9-5). She wore a white dress with black polkadots. I will never forget that. She looked amazing, and I immediately had to know more about her. She was more interested in her friend getting married and I knew not to interrupt that. A week or so later I was invited to a party and saw her there.
We hit it off chatting all night and had a great time. A long story short, she is the most amazing woman I’ve ever met. She is my best friend and my love. She supports decisions I make and ideas I have just as much as I do for her. We don’t believe in stereotypes or care what others think. She likes football, I like crocheting.

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  • Anne Campbell Slater

    A great story. and two people who absolutely deserve each other. A whole lot of respect being worked into those afghans!

  • G-

    This is a fabulous story.

  • Patrice Walkins Bilenski

    Great story! Follow your heart and just look where it takes you.

  • http://www.infografs.net Froogle

    Great! I wish more men and women had the courage to do what they enjoy and throw out the stereotypes.

  • Diane

    What a lovely story,you all look so happy together and I’m sure you’ll be enjoying your crocheting and your afghans together for many years to come…..

  • Knitting Nanny

    Often when I knit in public, a man will come up and ask about my project. I make prayer shawls out of Homespun. So far I have given 254 shawls away. It’s a passion and a comfort to know an old lady can still be productive. I am always surprised by the number of men who knit and crochet.

  • Jill

    What a great story! I love a man who can crochet.

  • lori anderson

    Yay you! I live in Easton now and love it! Best wishes from a former Air Force linguist!

  • Jackie Beechner-Scallan

    He’s definitely a keeper! Awesome story! Thanks for sharing!!

  • SagChris

    This is a great story and I’m so glad to see that guys enjoy crocheting too!

  • JB

    I absolutely love this story….good luck to both of you. always dance to your own tune without hurting others …
    June
    Ontario canada

  • Pansy Rose

    I too learned to crochet in the Army – some 37 years ago. Learning to crochet had been a frustration for me. Grandma had not succeeded with crochet so you can imagine my surprise when I finally did learn. Being female in the military at that time was still pretty rare. I was pulling CQ with one of the guys and he brought in his project – a giant granny square afghan. After watching him crochet for several hours, he gave me a chance to try my hand. Finally! It clicked. Fell in love with the art and have been crocheting ever since. Thank you David Muir for sharing your story! I have always thought it was wonderful when men are secure enough in themselves to try something different. BTW – You have an amazing lady!

  • AuntSue

    and you can crochet while watching football! Do you think crochet is a way to deal with the overwhelming stress of a deployed soldier?

  • Janet Ridgnal

    A man that crochet is pretty cool. Krista, you have a keeper.

  • christine

    Well done, I hope to learn crochet but am finding it hard and that is frustrating cause I can knit embroider etc. So I’m is awe of you x

    • Sandy

      Go to utube and u can type in how to crochet chains or single or how to make a slip stitch to begin a project. U will see some hands and they will explain everything that they are doing so u can follow along. Then u can rerun the video as much as u want. then lonbrand has patterns named Easy or Intermediate and Advanced levels.

  • Jujumar

    Lovely story, congratulations on finding love and crochet!

  • mountain_butterfly

    Good for you for doing what you enjoy. My husband learned to crochet also, but mostly made
    leg warmers. I’m glad you have someone who respects what you like. I wish you both happiness.

  • Grandma Charlie

    Love your story! Great hearing from a man who enjoys crocheting afghans as much as I do. Enjoy and have fun!

  • MaryB

    Great story! My brother is a commercial truck driver and I taught him how to crochet…he loves it!

  • Marion R

    How great is all that and you David Muir. Working with your hands keeps you sane.

  • Wayne New Zealand

    What a wonderful story of extremes. In a war torn country with fighting , helicopter gun ships , guns , bombs exploding to the peace and quiet of the crochet needle. Congratulations on keeping peace of mind among-st all that goes on around you. What a wonderful constructive way to stay grounded.
    I Knit as a way of keeping chronic pain at bay . I go to that place were you have peace of mind to create a useful garment whether it be a simple scarf or a sweater with cable patterns. “Creating a Positive situation out of a Negative situation.”

  • Red spot design

    What a lovely story, and I can relate to it as my Father taught me to crotchet over 50 years ago, and he learnt to crotchet whilst in the trenches in the war. Now our daughter crotchets, so the skill has been passed down through the generations. Her first gifts she made for her boyfriend (now husband) when he was at university.

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Petrina

      That was such a touching story. Thank you for sharing with us!

  • Susan Neve

    Just a great story. Thank you for letting us into your life.

  • eharrell

    This is wonderful! When I was enlisted in the Navy and we were on a 6 month cruise I made this pink sweater and used the buttons off of an old military uniform. Deployments often result in lots of down time, in which needle arts skills can be a blessing.

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Petrina

      Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • Allie

    Thank you! So wonderful to hear your story, God bless you for your service to our country and wish you and Krista all the best together. I think I read somewhere that men were the first in history to crochet; seamen on ships or men shepherding sheep maybe? Does anyone know?

  • Carla Jaramillo

    Very nice interview. I wish this couple love and a very long life together.

  • Marjeana

    I just wanted to tell

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