The Joys of Crochet

August 3, 2011
Blue crochet dinosaur toy

I’m sure some of you remember me introducing you to my “Crochet Guru” earlier on in the year. Well, Jen is back with a post on just why she loves crochet so much. Take it away, Jen!

Jen jpg

Amanda and I have chatted about many crafting projects over the years but none so much as crochet. She calls me her crochet guru, but really it’s because I’m old and have been crocheting for about as long as she’s been alive! There are few crochet questions I can’t answer after all this time, but it’s just the voice of experience.

That said – crochet is not just for Grandma’s! It’s all the rage in high fashion right now, and it not just about making doilies and dishcloths.

I enjoy crochet because it keeps my hands busy… while my mind is focusing on other things. When I need to think things through, I pick up the crochet. When I can’t sleep, I pick up the crochet. When my husband is watching the same show for the 79th time, I pick up the crochet. Do you have something you like to do when you need to settle your mind?

One of the things I really love about crocheting is how emotionally rewarding it can be. I love projects that make someone smile. It might be a silly hat, using special colors or characters, or simply surprising someone with a gift. (Just don’t ask me about my collection of Harry Potter related items!)

I tend to have especially silly fun making hats. I’ve made “Cutie Pies”

Pie-ret Cutie Pie small crochet

Star Wars villains

Darth Maul Star Wars crochet hat

and matching squirrel hats for the two silliest nuts I know.

But I’ve also made someone’s day by making prayer shawls for sick or troubled friends

Crochet prayer shawl

and cold weather items for the local homeless shelter.

Selection of crochet hat styles - for the homeless

I’ve also had incredible moments reaching out to new mothers when my grandsons were born. The first time, the nurses introduced me to a new mother whose own mom had passed away. I was able to stop in and chat for a while, representing Grammas in general, presenting the blanket and my good wishes. The second time, the nurses asked me if they could give the blanket to a baby in the intensive care unit who was not expected to survive. They told me it would mean a lot to the girl’s parents to wrap her in something pretty and so full of love. I never got to meet that family, but I know that was a gift worth giving.

Rippled pinks small crochet blanket

It puts things in perspective to reach out to others. There’s nothing better than knowing you brought a little sunshine into someone’s cloudy day. What do you like to do to cheer someone?

I’ve also discovered that I can make my own day with crochet. This shrug is so soft and sparkly it perks me up every time I wear it.

Shrug model small

And my new supersized leafy shawl may be my most favorite project ever.

supersized crochet leafy shawl

Sometimes, we need to nurture ourselves so we can better nurture those around us.

So, pick up that project, take up the new hobby… you never know where it will take you.

Recently though, I received the greatest praise of my crocheting career. My five year old grandson asked me for a blue dragon toy.

Blue dragon crochet toy

The next time he visited his dragon was patiently waiting. He ran over, scooped up the dragon and gave me a great thank you hug. That day he started to notice the other crocheted items around the house including the flowered doily on the table. He asked me if I made it all by myself out of thread, and when I answered that I had, he touched one of the flowers and said “Good job, Gramma!”

It just doesn’t get any better than that.


Jen has very kindly produced a new crochet pattern that will thrill both seasoned crocheters and those who are new to the craft or wanting to give it a try but unsure where to begin. I shall be revealing the pattern on Monday and cannot wait as it is a very special pattern for me.

We’ll also be running a giveaway connected to the pattern, so do remember to check in next week to see what it’s all about!

  • Reply
    August 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    What a cute thing for your grandson to say! That’s an adorable dragon.

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    August 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Jen does some beautiful things with so much love and detail. The hearts she crocheted for the wedding last year certainly finished off the decor at the reception. Keep up the good work Jen. 🙂

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    August 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Aw, that dragon is AWESOME! I love dragons, and he’s great 😀
    I’m a painter: I really like to paint models, I find it very relaxing. I have to think about it a bit but it’s mind-clearing when I’m troubled. I like to make people’s days by painting pictures and things for them: I stick to dragons and things because I’m good at those! I also bake and decorate cakes and biscuits and make my own cards: anything that puts your own love into a project always makes someone else know someone cares 🙂

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    August 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    You just reminded me, Dawn, that I should post phitos of the awesome painting you did as our wedding gift and the amazing photo frame you decorated for the nursery. I’ll get my camera and upload some photos as you’re right… We love them as they are so personal!

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    August 10, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Jen really does some amazing crocheting, stuff I’d never ever think of doing.
    Well done to you both! xx

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