The other day, I was scrolling through kids Netflix looking for something for my one and half year old to watch, but will also entertain me as well. I’d scrolled through the list a dozen times and I stumbled upon Leap, a movie about a young orphan girl yearning to escape the orphanage and find the ballet school in the postcard from her mom, not to find her mom, but fulfill her dream of becoming a ballet dancer. So of course I picked this one in hopes of inceptioning my daughter into becoming a ballerina.
I absolutely love movies where young girls grab their futures by the horns and work extremely hard to defy the odds, make their dreams come true, and embarrass their rivals in the process, and all of this with dignity and grace. At the same time, here I am, my phone in my hands and I’m not doing ANYTHING except watching my daughter tear up my living room and scrolling through my social media.
Don’t get me wrong, being a stay at home mom is hard sometimes and trying and exhausting and requires a LOT of patience. But as our little ones get older and self sufficient at the age of 5, we find ourselves just sitting on the couch, watching a children’s movie that our kids stopped paying attention to in the first five minutes.
So I’ve decided to take my own leap. I’m going to channel into my talents and use my hands and fingers for more productive things.
Ah yes, the old lady sport of making knots in string with needles and hooks. Something you see your elders do, but something you think you won’t want to do until you are an elder yourself.
I personally don’t think of yarn in this way, or the art of creation in this way at all. To me, yarn is a gateway drug into the crafting world. Where we are addicted to buying skeins and balls and cakes of fluffy, pretty, colorful, string that end up as unfinished projects, or a tangled heap of nonsense…. (Geez, I have to take better care of my yarn, and also finish my projects.) And I will! Starting with this post and last weeks triumph of finishing a hat that is actually wearable.
Here is my first wearable project. I set out my journey with a relatively easy project. Searching pinterest, I stumbled upon a hat that is crafted in a rectangle and sewed at the short ends. I was originally going to make this for myself, but of course when anyone sees a crocheter they always ask, “Is that for me?” and the likes. Therefore, this one is for my husband.
Yarn: Comfort Yarn – Stitch Studio by Nicole in Black and Grey,
J10 crochet hook.
This project took me a day, but this is after a week of failures and frogging and untangling and reballing yarn. Practice takes perfect, ya know?
I promise I will speak to you guys very soon!