Thursday, April 05, 2007

Crochet is the new therapy

Remember I started teaching a couple of friends how to crochet a few weeks ago? I got a lovely email from Snoozen the week after - she'd had a really bad day (that wasn't the lovely part, clearly), starting with things like toasted sandwich machine breaking, through to finding a dead (but thankfully harmless) spider in her daughter's nappy, dropping cereal on the floor, spilling sand over her just-showered legs, through to getting bad news about members of her family. And then when she thought she might cheer herself up with a little chocolate, the lady in the chocolate shop asked her when her next baby is guessed it, she's not pregnant! The upshot of the story, and the lovely part of the email, was that a highlight of this bad day was grabbing a couple of minutes to practice her crochet.

Now she's buying yarn, making cushions, even crocheting while sitting at the computer or in the car (not when she's driving, clearly!!). I know I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, but isn't it great how knitting, or crochet in this case, is a lovely relaxing experience (well, except for fair isle or steeking, but you get the drift I'm sure). And you don't need heaps of time, you can squeeze some knitting/crochet in at odd moments - who hasn't done it while uploading photos for their blog - and it is so satisfying - I guess it gives you a little sense of control over things when it seems all else is falling down around you.

And as we all know photos make posts more interesting, so here's a gratuitous shot of the custom-made tea cosy I made for Snoozen's teapot last year. Just simple double crochet in Cleckheaton 12ply (worsted) yarn.

Hope you all have a happy and safe Easter!


Jejune said...

Hope Snoozen's days are looking up. I always go by Dave Barry's good advice :

You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"

Yes, totally agree about knitting / crochet being a soothing oasis of control and calm in an insane world :)

Bells said...

Great quote Jejune and so true.

I love that tea cozy. Beautiful.

I dont' think I realised you were a crocheter as well. I'm very happy for Snoozen (not, obviously, for the crappy stuff happening to her) but for the crochet. She needs a blog!

Amy said...

Aw, that's wonderful!

Queen Frogger said...

Your tea cosy is great. I have had someone ask me the same question after having my child so I know how Snoozen feels!