Back in the Saddle

Last night I picked up a crochet hook for the first time in weeks, and it felt very, very good.

When I was at the TNNA trade show a couple of weeks ago I scored a few skeins of one of my favourite yarns: Blue Sky Alpacas Mélange, a 100% baby alpaca, super super soft yarn. I immediately knew it had to become my first crochet project in a while, as a desire to get back to crocheting was finally creeping up on me.

I've been talking with Cecily Keim about needing a catharsis project—a project that will be full of renewal, inspiration, and creative satisfaction. I've not even finished my first motif, but I'm sure this will be such a project for me. And I need it!

Using Edie Eckman's tutorial on joining motifs as you go from the Summer '08 issue of Interweave Crochet as a guide, and working from a few of the motifs in her great book, I'm going to do the most freeform-ish project I've ever done: I'll join motifs together as I work, without a plan. I'm figuring I'll make a scarf or stole, depending on how far this 600 metres of yarn will go, but for all I know I'll end up with a triangle shawl.

What do you like to make when you need a crafty catharsis?

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4 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle

  1. I always go for something mindless and for me freeform absolutely fills that need. I gather a basket full of yarn in my current favorite color and just play.

    I am so glad you are feeling the call of the hook.



  2. She did *both* the Crochet Answer Book and the motif book? I’ve *got* those! I’ve got to crack the motif one open, to learn how to join as I go…

    As for me, my cathartic projects are baby hats in whatever wild patterns and color choices I can stand. (Once I started work on them again, I actually made better progress with my thesis writing…) Moms can stand their baby wearing any hat once before passing it on, and I get to work with something stimulating and manageable.

    Also wanted to post about this:

    Crochet was ably represented, although I modified the pattern from rows to spirals, to eliminate my bad joins.

  3. Hi, I like your blog. :)

    Knitting, Crocheting, and Yoga are my healing activities for sure. When I need something to take my mind off the world, I make a new bag. In fact, that’s what I’m doing now!

  4. mad for crochet!Good to hear you got back on the hook, Kim! Freeform is definately cathartic for me too, and flowers. Your alpaca looks very lovely to work with – have fun!