Post by Carol Anne
I started crocheting as way to connect with my mother and grandmothers (even the mean one!). They crocheted and knitted and I feel a little closer to them, like we’d have something in common if they were here. That may be a little heavy. But, it connects me with family that I otherwise don’t feel connected to.
As Kristin fumbled her way through her crochet lessons with Mandi, I took my hook and figured it out too. Here are my beginners thoughts on crocheting-
• It is very relaxing. Though you have to pay attention, you can still have whole thoughts as well as conversations while you work.
• If you are going to sit in a chair anyway, you can feel productive about it.
• Planning is probably a good idea.
• But, even if you don’t, it can be okay.
• Your children will think you’re magic.
• If it’s 86 degrees, crocheting a blanket can get a little hot.
• Sewing in the loose threads isn’t the best part.
• Granny Squares make beginners look like they know what they’re doing.
• I’m a fan of the Granny Squares.
• It can cause you to neglect your chores and/or children.
• Children are pretty durable though, and are better off with nice handmade things in the long run. And making their own snacks encourages independence.
• Having a friend to update about your projects makes it infinitely more fun.
• Yarn doesn’t go as far as you think it will.
• I think wanting a couple of skeins in every color is totally normal.
Carol Anne is a beach loving mom of 3 boys, an avid photographer and quickly becoming a yarn lover. She is taking homemade to a new level and home-schooling her boys. You can find Carol Anne on Pinterest and Flickr.