I have been sewing, quilting, cross stitching since I was 12 years old. I also took knitting lessons, twice. (It was not the teacher, it was most likely the student. I am not a knitter.)
I started learning to crochet on February 1, 2017. Technically I am a beginner, however, my daughter in law thinks I can easily call myself an “Advanced Beginner”.
I like that.
Advanced Beginner. You know that feeling when you have accomplished quite a bit and you are just about to move ahead to the next grade? Excited, anxious to learn something new, yet feeling all puffed up about yourself with what you have already learned.
I think I will start a new hat today!
Then all of a sudden, some unkind, dreary, non-sparkly person says, “Enough with the hats, I think you got that, time to move on to something else.”
Actually, I like making hats. OODLES and OODLES of hats! I like to donate hats. I like to make them for gifts. I love to make them for my grands. Yes, I am well aware that not everyone likes or uses handmade hats. Secretly, I think everyone would feel special if someone made them a hat. Just my opinion.
Our grands all live in very warm places. So the amount of time they actually “need” a warm hat is not very long. I am okay with spending my time, money and effort on a hat for my grandchildren EVEN IF they only wear it one day! How’s that for a granny who loves them?? They also like to play dress up and pretend that it is winter indoors sometimes. That’s where having a hand crocheted hat from their granny comes in handy!
Hats work up fairly quickly and with each one or two, I am trying to learn a new stitch or a new method. While making these, I learned how to make bigger, fluffier, pom poms.
I even had my own tags made. The tags say, Splurge with my initials underneath. I like the thought of splurging on fancy yarn to make something special for the grand little people in my life.
On these hats, I learned the cluster stitch.
These booties were made for a new little girl & the hat for her big brother. With these, I learned to crochet plaid.
I like to celebrate with my friends when they tell me they are going to be a grandma. I like to share in their happiness. Making something makes me feel connected. Sewing or crocheting something with my hands does my soul good.
These are a gift for twin boys about to be born and a special one for their big brother.
It is a true honor to participate in historic traditions. Makes even the silliest of hats seem worthy.
Love to hear what you are making with your hands to feed your soul and spirit.
Guess what I am going to start today? 🙂
In this together, friends.