I was crocheting almost every day since I learned how to make a simple hat at a women’s event at my church last October. I finally had an excuse to buy yarn and I dove into that endeavor with gusto! It was also great therapy for my hand, which had been hanging lifelessly at the end of an immobilizing sling for about a month. (I had shoulder and bicep surgery last September.) I found it difficult or almost impossible to write, type, draw, paint, take pictures, and do most of the creative tasks I enjoy, so needlework and crochet came into my life at just the right time.
I was able to loosely hold the hook or needle in my right hand and do most of the work and movement with my left.
I crocheted hats, mittens, glass cozies, pot holders, and a sizeable stack of dishcloths. I made tutorials sharing the new skills I had learned and the patterns I made. I even started to do some needlework, stitching initials and simple borders on linen color charts, and doing some free-form cross-stitched initials on line napkins. But then, in March, I stopped getting out my little bag of projects to work on while watching TV in the evenings.
I think a part of it had to do with the fact that we were thrown into an unfamiliar routine. Everyone was home all the time. We worked at home, did school from home, shopped exclusively online, had local purchases delivered, and didn’t leave the house for weeks except to go on walks in the neighborhood. I would’ve thought I would dive into something like crochet and needlework, which provides rhythm and a reason to slow your thoughts down. As the weather started to warm, I spent most of my evenings outside, tinkering in the garden beds, going on walks, and then we started a million home projects that are much easier done in summer here in Minnesota.
We’re going into our fourth winter here in Minnesota and I’m learning that my activities definitely change with the seasons in a way I didn’t experience in PA. I get out as much as I can during the late spring, summer, and early fall. I work on more home projects that require fresh air, open windows, or working in the garage. Once winter sets in, I do more quiet, creative work like taking art classes, pouring over my books and, this year, I’ll pick crochet back up. I also bought some knitting needles and books, so I’m going to try knitting!
And I’d like to do some more free form needlework, too. I read THIS POST by Heather Bullard and was so inspired by her projects.
I bought some beautiful embroidery floss back in March (my last big outing before the stay at home orders) and I can’t wait to do a few needlework projects.
If you’d like to learn to crochet this winter, here are a few posts and tutorials I shared last winter…
There are a few new tutorials I’ll share this winter, too, including the dishcloth with the little popcorn bobbles on it.
I’m looking forward to it!