My Work in Progress: A Basic Afghan

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?

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3 Responses to My Work in Progress: A Basic Afghan

  1. Bean says:

    Crochet is my mediation too… it’s more relaxing for me than actual meditation. The afghan looks good! When I wanted to learn how to do scalloped edging, I watched this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glY3IRbk9Xw It helped a lot. Good luck!

  2. I knit, knitting has saved my life

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