Day 3 #sol16 – Yarn and a hook has me hooked

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Round and through and round and through…repeat and repeat and repeat 1000 times more.

It started when I was a little girl at Mehmere’s side wanting to know how it worked and wanting to try. She handed me a beautiful lavander hook and some yarn and we set to work.

Crocheting didn’t stick then, but fast forward 20+ years to my brother’s first deployment and all the sudden I needed something new to learn. I was visiting her one day and asked her to show me again. She pulled out the lavender crochet hook and some yarn, patiently walking me through the steps again. That day she sent me home with that crochet hook to practice.

This time it stuck. First a scarf! Then another! Then a hat! And a more fancy one!

More than some yarn and a metal hook, every project was a small escape from the realities of the situation. A distraction from the stress and anxiety. I had to count everything stitch, talking it out in my head – sometimes out loud as each project started to take shape.

I also found a way to relax which was new and exciting for me. Crocheting provided not only an outlet, but something I could do right even on my worst days. If it was wrong? It’s easy to take out and do again. Knowing there’s something you can do without question? Sort of proceless. It’s served me well.

Currently my brother is state side but I have other reasons to need an escape and relax. Stress from the day, something to do, gifts for a loved one, there are any number of ways crocheting has helped me. Mostly I just know it’s something I can DO.

If you’d like to join here’s the info. There’s even a post of ideas.

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About Court

I spend a lot of time on the pool deck and making treats in my kitchen amongst other things.
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3 Responses to Day 3 #sol16 – Yarn and a hook has me hooked

  1. This is so nice. Crocheting and knitting are such a great way for me to relax as well. I have a hard time slowing down, and they can make me feel like I am doing something while simultaneously forcing me to slow down and relax. Thanks for a nice post.

  2. Sonia says:

    Crocheting and knitting are so relaxing. And you end up with something useful. Some years ago, a school district in New Jersey was offering knitting lessons to middle school kids to help them relax, and it worked.

  3. I wish I could crochet or knit. I can see how calming it would be to do something with your hands and create a product at the end to share with others. I’m glad your brother is back and that this hobby has helped you get through rough patches.

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