My adorable, sweet little redheaded mama, Helen, taught me how to crochet when I was a young girl. (See where Hayley got her red hair?) I remember watching my mom crank out afghan after afghan and poncho after poncho. It was the 70’s after all and ponchos were everywhere. Think Free People on everyone. Remember?
Aw the 70’s…. I remember our shag carpet that was all different shades of orange and rust, the faux brick floor look carpet in the kitchen and my cheery yellow and orange bedroom. The walls were yellow and my dad built a desk under a big window with built-in shelving going completely around the big window. The finish was yellow formica with the drawers alternating in painted yellow and orange. I was one lucky kid! My bedroom was all the rage. My mom even crocheted a beautiful yellow and white afghan for my bed. Lord, I loved that blankie. It had a tasseled fringe that I used to braid at night when I couldn’t sleep.
One day my mom sat down next to me and handed me my very first crochet hook, along with a skein of yarn. She patiently taught me my first stitch, the Granny Square stitch, one that I use frequently now. I took to it and was off and
running crocheting, so to speak.
I got older, went to college, blah blah blah…., and there was a very long span of time when I didn’t crochet. However, I picked up my same first crochet hook about 1 1/2 to 2 years ago and now I’m a crochetin fool. In the span of time since I started again, I’ve made about 6 scarves and 4 hats. I finished my last long infinity scarf last night and already have a bag full of beautiful yarn my lovely daughter gave me with the hopes that I’ll make her more hats.
Crocheting and even knitting now have become wonderful relaxing outlets. Last year I took a knitting class and learned how to make a mitten. I take my projects everywhere….college trips with the kids, vacations, etc…. I zone out and think or watch TV and make beautiful, cozy gifts for my family.
If you’ve never tried crocheting or knitting, I highly recommend a class to get started. Patterns are hard to read until you learn the lingo. Let me know what crafts you’re into. Send pictures. I’m especially always looking to learn new crochet stitches.
What is your zone out activity?