My little bit of “Me”time – Tues 12th July 2016

By | July 12, 2016

I like Tuesdays during term time.  Do you know how I spend a couple of hours?

I head to crochet group! I’ve been going since February and it’s something I’d always wanted to do, to learn to crochet.  My maternal grandma taught me how to knit but the thought of producing shapes from a hook and some yarn fascinated me and had eluded me, as I’m left-handed.  Having a flower-loving daughter, I also really wanted to make flowers! 

So, off I popped to that first session, wondering if I’d look daft as I really had no idea how to hold a hook, wrap yarn around it and what would happen after that.  

Do you know what? I love it! I wouldn’t say I’m particularly speedy or technically able but it is majorly relaxing to have a bit of a hook (crochet not anything else!), have a natter and see what everyone else is making.

Some of what I’ve made so far:

A pen pot, majorly pleased with this as this was my first attempt at flowers and leaves, it holds my hooks and it makes me smile every time I use it:

A cotton cardigan.  My first crochet garment apart from shawls and baby hats (the latter for a charity):

Star blanket.  This is finished now, just hadn’t taken a picture:

Broomstick crochet shawl thing, this grew and grew as I couldn’t stop adding to the wool as I loved the colourways:

And what started it all off, my monster granny square, this is after my first two hours at group:

And how it ended up:

I’ve heard some people say that crochet isn’t sociable, it definitely is! If I’m not doing something particularly technical (and I’m not usually!), I can join in conversations and keep an eye on whatever is going on, it’s not all consuming.

The one thing it is, is relaxing.  Yes, I’ll still have “oh, I need to do this …. when will I hear about my operation …. I wonder if D and T are having a good day …. Is Hubbie getting on okay at work?” and other thoughts buzzing around my head but the simple act of using a hook and yarn seems to help me either have a good think whilst concentrating (yes, I’m a multi-tasker!) or have a chit chat and compare projects.

Of course, I’ll be able to replicate my “me time” over the summer, maybe in the garden whilst D has a splash about in the paddling pool, maybe I’ll have two recuperating feet (if my appeal is successful), maybe I won’t but it’s good to know that, as carer, I have this little relaxing tool, in the form of my hook and yarn.  

Now I just need to follow a written pattern (the tasselled blanket) without getting into an absolute muddle, maybe I’ll post this as a “this is what I’d like to get done this summer” and update from time to time:

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