Back in the Saddle

Jan 30, 2009

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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sherylmeans wrote
on Jan 30, 2009 1:45 PM

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.



cdthomas wrote
on Jan 30, 2009 2:01 PM

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.

MadameDizzy wrote
on Feb 8, 2009 7:39 PM

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!

on Feb 16, 2009 4:36 AM

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!