Crochet in the field

Apr 23, 2009

In my latest sporting venture, laceweight meets heavyweight. Specifically, I was sitting in the bleachers watching the women from Carolina take on the women from Duke in lacrosse. Facing a laceweight deadline (really, there are so few jobs in which one faces a laceweight deadline), I was wielding a hook while the women below wielded their sticks. It's hard to say which is more dangerous -- I was less prone to bruising, but what if I dropped my hook down the tall bleachers? I'd definitely lose points there.


Here's what I pack for crochet in the field: A bag, to hold the yarn ball, so it doesn't roll away; a small clipboard for the crochet chart; a back-up hook in case I do drop it down the bleachers. In truth, you miss a lot of the game when you're crocheting, but supportive people around you can keep you up to speed. (Carolina won, 9-7, earning them a number 2 seed and a bye to the semifinals of the conference tournament. Just so you know).
The next morning found me on a smaller set of bleachers at a smaller field with smaller players. As it turns out, I dropped my hook toward the end of the game. I was crawling under the bleachers rooting through the tall grass, when a fellow asked what I was looking for. "A crochet hook," I told him. He looked at me, dumbfounded, like, "Couldn't it be something easier, like a contact lens? Something that I know about?" But then he looked down and said, "There it is!" He was immensely pleased. As was I. Score!
What obstacles have you faced while crocheting in the wild? Do tell.
Happy crocheting, wherever you choose to crochet.


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Kiba wrote
on Apr 25, 2009 6:22 AM

I think we live in the same part of the world, Marcy! (And by the world I mean North Carolina.)

I'm a teacher and I'm in the habit of crocheting during faculty meetings. At our most recent one, held in the school auditorium which has a sloped floor, I was using a cone of cotton worsted. I accidentally knocked it with my foot and it began to roll down the floor! I had to ask the colleague in front of me to catch it and roll it back my way.

Marcy Smith wrote
on Apr 27, 2009 9:32 AM
Hi Kiba!
That's so funny! I had a similar experience in a stadium-style movie theater -- I had to wait until the end of the movie to fetch my yarn!
I'm glad you crochet in faculaty meetings -- it helps with the thought process :)


on Apr 27, 2009 2:47 PM
I love to crochet in the car on long trips (when I'm not driving).

I hate to drop my crochet hook in the car. Sometimes you never find it again. And the children unvariable learn a new curse word.

Marcy Smith wrote
on Apr 27, 2009 3:16 PM

Oh, you are good! Crocheting in the car making me woozy. And speaking of the children -- my son likes to use crochet hooks for just about everything -- prying open cans, wedging into a bike part, fishing things out of hard-to-reach places :)

Kelli@10 wrote
on Jun 10, 2009 5:16 AM

Some Sundays I go with my Dad to the Swap Meet at Cypress College. As we walk around, while he looks at tools and air tanks and guy stuff, I have a tote bag on my shoulder with a ball of yarn in it, and I crochet while I stroll. I keep it simple... usually just one color and nothing that is too hard to manage. Kids are eye level with my hands and so they seem to be the ones that notice what I'm doing. They are always so amazed.