Life’s little pleasures.

image I wouldn’t say I am “not” a creative person, I just struggle to get the creative juices flowing and at the ripe old age of 39 I have very few creative type skills or crafts under my belt.

I can’t really sew, it takes me about 2 hours to remember how to thread the machine and then when I do, something on it isn’t working properly and I give up with my hands in the air.

I don’t write much besides this blog, although this is something I want to try my hand at a little more and may take a creative writing course. I don’t paint or draw (I can sketch a little but it’s not a passion).

I tried my hand at scrap-booking but it’s just not my thing.  I can actually knit a little but it takes way too long and I am an extremely impatient person, I want to see something appear reasonably quickly or I get bored and dare I say it, usually give up, well that and I just really hate picking up the stitches which I inevitably have to because I have been interrupted and lost count or dropped one or all due to a toddler pulling on the project for me… it just doesn’t work).

For years I have known I really need a hobby, something constructive that delivers satisfaction but after almost my entire young and adult life have seriously never found one that works for me.

My Mother didn’t teach me any knitting or sewing skills, I learnt what I know from the few years I had of it in Junior school, when my Granny finished most of my projects for me because I just couldn’t get it right, yes I am that kid.  Add a young family of 3 kids to the mix and your time and ability to focus on any craft beside how to make the best PB’n J sarmie or folding a paper aeroplane is far and few between, I did learn the art of Loom Banding but thank goodness that fad has left the building. So now you know my sordid crafting history, and it’s not pretty.

That being said, a few years ago, after my Father died, I realized I desperately needed something to take my mind off of it all and give me some kind of sense of achievement during a day other than just being able to get dressed each day, care for my kids or go to work I started re-looking at some of the above-mentioned crafts and again realized they just were not for me and I decided to look into other things.

The art of Crochet had recently come into the limelight again as something now not only reserved for Grannies to do in Old age homes, and it was popping up in magazines and Mama pages everywhere.  I have always thought Crochet to be an extremely difficult thing to do and it always looked so gaudy (remembering  Circa 70’s Orange, Green & Brown & Yellow Granny square knee blankets and toilet seat covers, or the Barbie doll toilet roll cover on the back of my Great Aunt’s Toilet and even cream-colored doilies over the arms of our living room couches as a child (Well that was my non-existent frame of reference of course, seeing as though I had nobody in my direct vicinity who crocheted) I really hated those things and far be it from me to ever have thought I might like them today, but only with a modern twist.

I decided at some point last year that maybe I should give this a try, but where to start?  Well, You tube seemed like as good a place as any and so I did.  What I discovered quickly was that it was actually fairly basic and easy although you do need a fair amount of co-ordination and you must be able to count.  I loved the fact that there is never really more that 2 or 3 stitches on your hook at any given time so easy to pick up if you are distracted.  There is actually a huge and when I say huge I mean HUGE crochet following around the world it seems, and learning the art for yourself in only a very short while is perfectly possible if you put your mind to it and start at the very beginning.  I did just that and that brings me to the point of my post today.

I am not going to tell you about all the random little things I have made over the last year or that I made an entire double bed cover or that I have been able to whip up lovely little gifts for friends and family, I am not going to tell you too much about my current projects which are three single bed blankets for my children (The one in the photo is for my son and I am about a quarter way through) I will tell you more about those when I am further along and I can come brag with pictures.

What I do want to tell you is that really old cliché saying “You can do anything you put your mind to” is really so true and it doesn’t just apply to crafting.  I also want to tell you not to just write something off because of what you thought it was or meant, spend some time digging a little, you might just find something you really like and it might become one of life’s little pleasures for you like it has for me.

I can think of nothing nicer or more satisfying at this point in my life after a bang hectic day and the demands of family life, when everything has gone quiet, and I can watch House of Cards with a cup of coffee next to me or a glass of wine, and pick up this piece of art I am creating and rhythmically, therapeutically crochet away and not think about anything other that which I am busy with.

I hope you enjoyed this post and let it be known that I am giving fair warning that I may brag randomly things I make that I am proud of so. Bear with me on that, it’s part of my therapy.

If you are perhaps interested in learning the art of crochet, I have included a few of links that I used to start learning, they have some really great tutorials.

Bella Coco thought me the Granny square and many other basics.

How to make a flower for beginners

Tutorials for basic stitches at the Crochet Guru

till next time (I do solemnly swear never to make a toilet seat cover or toilet paper barbie dress hider thingy.)



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