Once upon a time, when I was probably around six or seven, I learned to knit. Over the years, I got pretty good at it, and made the typical easy projects – scarves, ear warmer headbands, and hats for all my friends. Facebook memories even reminded me that at one point, I made a hat for a friend that was SO GOOD that his friend, whom I had never met before, asked me to make him one as well. Thanks for that odd reminder, Facebook.
As I got older, however, I stopped knitting as much. I only have one head, so I didn’t really need any more hats, and I had other things to do. I did knit my dog a sweater once… but I totally misjudged how big my tiny dog was, and soon after I tried it on him, he got excited and jumped right out of it.
I tried to get back into knitting once I started grad school. There’s a group at my school called Stitch’n’Bitch, where students gather to craft and chat once a week. I brought my knitting needles and yarn… but I couldn’t get myself back into it for some reason.
Fast forward a bit to one particular Stitch’n’Bitch meeting where they handed out knit or crochet kits for those who wanted to learn a different craft. I started learning how to crochet, which was kind of new and exciting. I decided I wanted to really get into crocheting, so I asked for some easy patterns and yarn for Christmas, and my favorite aunt delivered.
Spoiler alert: I went nuts.
I just started really learning to crochet in January. It is now the beginning of February, and so far I’ve made six hats (yes, SIX!), a baby blanket, a hooded cowl, and I’m currently working on another blanket.
Here are some of my completed projects!
Hats on Hats:
Gifts for my goddaughter – baby blanket (feat. Remy the dog) and hooded cowl:
Holy cow, I did not expect to enjoy crocheting this much! I’ve always been someone who really likes to get things done, so I fixate on finishing a project. I’ve never been one to just sit and craft for the fun of it, because my inner self is always stressing about how long it’ll take before the craft is done. I’ve never really been able to just relax and enjoy crafting.
But after making a ridiculous number of hats (I still only have one head, so I gave most of them away to friends and family), I realized that cranking out hats, while easy and fun, wasn’t allowing me to really enjoy crocheting. I decided to start a larger project that would take me a while, so that I could practice enjoying the process. I went on a Hobby Lobby run, bought about $70 worth of yarn for a few different big projects, and started a blanket.
It’s still a work in progress, but I’m. So. Proud. I’ve never taken on a project this big before, and I love how it’s turning out! I’m super proud of how my crochet skills have improved over just this past month! This blanket has actually been a project that I enjoy just sitting and working on, without worrying about getting it done right away. In fact, lately I’ve been spending some free mornings with a cup of coffee, a podcast, and my crochet hook. It’s one of the most relaxing things I’ve ever done.
I’ve even started taking my project to my classes. Don’t tell my professors, but sometimes I get antsy during a three-hour-long class. I need to get up and move or I need something to do with my hands, and that usually culminates in me using my hands to scroll through Facebook. Let me just tell you, it is a lot easier to pay attention when my hands are busy crocheting, and then my brain can focus on learning. The last time I brought my work-in-progress to class, my professor even offered to bring me some yarn she’s getting rid of! Score!
I never expected to love crocheting, but I definitely do. So far I’ve chosen patterns that don’t require too much brain power, so I’m free to listen to podcasts or pay attention in class while my hands are working. It’s honestly so relaxing.
I just want to wrap this up by giving a shout out to Ravelry.com, where I find all my patterns. If you’re looking to start knitting or crocheting, definitely check out Ravelry. You can search patterns using many different filters, including pattern ease and user rating. I’d also recommend looking up YouTube videos if you’re just starting out. I tried to learn crochet years ago from books, and it was so difficult that I gave up. Videos are so much more comprehensive, and I guarantee that you’ll find at least one video for any stitch you could possibly want to learn. I hope your yarn crafting journey is as fulfilling and relaxing as mine has been!
Be happy. Be healthy.