Word of the Week – Crochet


I’ve been having trouble finding a single word that has summed up my weeks lately. This week I saw my consultant at the hospital, the kids have broken up from school and I’ve been shopping for Easter.

But in my down time I’ve been crocheting. I have several things on the go at the moment. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, being fairly new to the craft. Apparently the pieces that are unfinished are called wips. I have plenty of them.

I’m working on a baby blanket which is almost finished but I just haven’t got around to doing it. I am also working on a bigger blanket which is part of a CAL, or Crochet Along. Each month we have a little more of the  blanket to complete. It will take a year in total. That seems long for someone as impatient as me, but at least I won’t get bored of it. I’ll just look forward to the little part each month and get on with the rest of the wips inbetween.

I have just finished a bear called Nancy. I didn’t use the required wool as I she was just a practice bear so I used what I had to hand. I think she turned out okay. I also made a dress, a jacket and some wellies for her. Then suddenly Boo took a real shine to her and has not been able to put her down. This morning I even found her asleep on the settee snuggled up with Nancy under my crocheted blanket. (One that I did manage to finish.)

She asked me to make her a head band, so I did. It only took me about twenty minutes and Boo was delighted with it. Next she wants me to make Nancy a little friend, perhaps a mouse in a ballet costume. I need to replenish my wool collection first but I’m quite excited.

Crochet takes my mind of things and helps me to relax. It’s also something I find quite easy to do with my left hand not working properly. I would love to be good enough to make myself a lovely jumper or cardigan. It’s a pity the wool is so expensive but I’d be prepared to pay a little more to have a piece of clothing that I’d made myself.

Do you crochet, have you ever made something you could wear?


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  1. March 30, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I’ve never tried crocheting but it sounds like such a lovely relaxing thing to do. How lovely that Boo took a shine to Nancy and it sounds like you have lots of lovely projects on the go 🙂 #WotW

  2. March 30, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I have never tried crocheting either but it sounds like you are really having fun with it.
    Have a fab Easter x

  3. March 30, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I really struggle with coordination, I would love to be able to do it as it looks so relaxing to do, especially when it looks so miserable outside. Hope you have a lovely Easter X #wotw

  4. March 31, 2018 / 7:38 am

    Alas I struggle with both the talent and the patience to crochet! My mum’s always been a knitter and has taught me that, but I have completely forgotten it all. Like you, she does it as it’s relaxing and something to do with her hands whilst she watches TV. Must feel great to make things and enjoy your final results x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  5. March 31, 2018 / 11:32 am

    That’s brilliant Anne, I tried to learn to knit once but just couldn’t get the hang of it at all. I hope you all have a lovely Easter break x

  6. April 2, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been busy enjoying a hobby of yours – so good to set aside time and do something that brings you joy. I don’t think I’d have the patience for it myself. Haha! I hope you & the family had a lovely Easter weekend #WotW

  7. April 2, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Crocheting is so in now isnt it? I bet it makes you feel so calm and relaxed. I adore crafting for the same reason its a great way to wind down x

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