Let’s Talk Crochet

Yarn Has Overtaken My Life

Deep green and blue scarf, wool, crochet

The big, cozy, chunky wool infinity scarf that I finished in the hotel in London. I’m also noticing that I never seem to bother putting on makeup before my selfies. I may need to work on that.

I’ve abandoned you for crochet. I feel bad about it — really, I do — but the problem is that I have a hook and yarn in my hands during all of my free time, so I haven’t even made the effort to tell you about it.

Crochet is magic. You get a nice yarn, something that feels good in your hands and looks pretty as it develops. You get a comfortable hook that makes it all feel natural. And you find a pattern that you can do without thinking, once you get past counting the initial number of stitches for the chain. That’s it. I’ve discovered that I can do it semi-conscious on an overnight flight to London. I can do it at my son’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu class, even when they’re counting reps aloud. And lately, I can do it while listening to famous people read Moby Dick. Strange? Maybe. But it’s soothing, and a heck of a lot better for my sanity than social media, or reading the news.

Confetti color scarf, alpaca yarn, crochet

This is the softest scarf ever, made with alpaca yarn. Never mind that it looks like an explosion of confetti. Also: fancy scarf + gym sweatshirt = high fashion.

But there’s one big unanswered question in all of this: what do I do with all of these scarves? I only have one neck, and it only gets so cold in California. To be fair, I am a year-round scarf aficionado, but wool that’s as bulky as a traveler’s neck pillow just won’t cut it when our temperatures hit the triple digits. So I’m working on a plan to sell off some (many?) because I’m producing them faster than I can wear them.

But whether I sell them or not, making them is therapeutic. My favorite design is an infinity scarf, a cozy Möbius strip. This delights me on multiple levels, because that’s one of my favorite shapes going back as far as I can remember. Yep, I’m a nerd.

I’m hoping to post more about this in the near future, but for now I need to weave in the ends of the scarf I just finished. If you knit or crochet, let me know in the comments!

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2 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    I’ve still not finished the misshapen baby blanket I started before I was even pregnant (it was originally meant to be a shower gift for a good friend). I’m not sure crochet is really for me, but I do find it soothing until I see how crooked one side is turning out. Raj got me a super warm cardigan for Christmas that’s made of alpaca wool and I enjoy making him groan by saying “It might be cold. Alpaca sweater.”

  2. Alisa says:

    Alpaca sweater got a good old-fashioned snort-laugh. Brilliant. 🙂

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