I’m using my single crochet skills for big things these days. Yes, I’m making an entire blanket! Not a coaster, not a coffee cozy, not a dolly blanket, not a kid’s purse, but a useful and practical grown-up blanket. So far I’ve used three balls (skeins?) of yarn, and I think I’ll use at least three more before this puppy’s done. I’m planning to keep alternating the burgundy and green, and then figure out how to do a scalloped border in off-white. If it turns out well, I’ll use it as a throw for keeping warm on winter nights.
I started the project in early December, hence the Christmas colors, but I stopped crocheting when things got hectic around Christmas. I decided to start again tonight as part of my Super Bowl entertainment. Thankfully I hadn’t forgotten how to crochet in the six or so weeks since I’d picked up my hook. I guess it’s like riding a bike.
As I’ve learned to crochet, I’ve found that it’s the perfect way to keep my mind focused and my hands busy. I’ve discovered that when I crochet I am more relaxed and focused throughout the day, as long as a certain someone isn’t deviously pulling the yarn across the house. Even if I can find time to do just one row I feel centered. Maybe it’s because I’m creating something, or maybe it’s because it’s a repetitive task so I can free my brain to think of other things that need to be thought about.
What do you do to focus, meditate, feel centered?