There’s something wonderful about picking up a long-neglected project again. I slightly ashamed to admit that it’s been two years since I started hooking this granny square blanket for my husband. In fact, I bought the wool as an anniversary present to him for our 7th wedding anniversary. I’d crocheted myself a blanket and blankets for each of the twins, but he didn’t have one of his own so it seemed only fair. I mapped out a design, and started with great enthusiasm. The blanket has even travelled with me to New Zealand (where I picked up some yarn to use for its edging), and came with us on our road-trip around Europe, so it’s done some miles! And then, inexplicably, it got put aside and was forgotten.
Maybe it was celebrating our 9th anniversary recently that reminded me, but I’ve retrieved the un-finished blanket from its basket, and started on it again. I was worried I would have forgotten how to crochet, but it came back to me straight away. And I’m loving it. Really, properly loving it. And wondering why on earth I stopped working on it in the first place. The feel of the wool. The rhythm of crochet. Slotting each square into its allotted space. Seeing how little more there is to do until the main body of the blanket is complete. The sense of satisfaction at creating something.
Ultimately I’ve enjoyed how the blanket forces me to sit and be still in the evening. We still watch telly (although we’ve had to put aside anything with sub-titles for a while because I can’t read them and hook at the same time), but I like that I’ve doing something while I’m watching. I like that feeling of being creative, even if there are other things going on around me. So I hope I don’t put crochet aside again because I really do think it’s good for my soul.
I am adding this post to this month’s Create Make Share linky (the theme is: LOVE). What have you been creating this month? From crochet to embroidery, DIY to gardening, papercraft to painting – if you’ve created or made it, then Anthea, Emma and I would love you to share it!