Friday, December 23, 2016
Have Hook Will Travel
In all the years I’ve lived here, it has only snowed once in Tarzana. It happened in the middle of the night. I tried to wake up my son and husband to see it, but they wouldn’t get up. And in the morning it was all gone and they thought I’d dreamt the whole thing. But there really was a covering of snow in our whole yard. Too bad it was long before cell phone with cameras or I would have taken a bunch of photos.
The sun was out today, at least for part of it. While it seemed everyone was out shopping for last minute gifts, my son was still having meetings. I was his support staff for the day. His meetings were in Torrance which is a long drive when there is traffic which is all the time. And once we got there, I knew there’d be a lot of waiting around for me. I opted not to bring my laptop and just brought along a book and a project I’d recently started.
I prefer to crochet when I’m riding in the car, on a plane, or just waiting around because I usually make mistakes and crochet is so much easier to fix than knitting. This particular project came out of my Chicago trip.
A Michael’s craft store recently opened in my Chicago neighborhood. It was big news for me because before that my only option for yarn and hooks and needles was a store downtown which was a trek. Michael’s had some exclusive yarn which I was curious about. It’s called Cakes and the skein changes colors so that you can make an item with different colors without having to change yarns. The day I went to check it out, the wind chill was something ridiculous like zero or below, so I bundled up and braved the icy day.
I found the Cakes yarn and bought one skein with no idea what I was going to do with it. I decided that with the different colors it would make a fun giant granny square which would be a small afghan. Also I knew it would be easy to work on in the car or when I was waiting around because it is a simple pattern and with crochet you can stop anywhere, whereas with knitting, I need to finish the row.\
I always have a bunch of both knitting and crochet projects going at once, but prefer to do my knitting at home. I’m not one of those knitters who can be talking and looking around while their needles keep going.
Crochet is extremely relaxing, so tomorrow when the big storm arrives with constant pounding hard rain and I start feeling edgy, wondering if it’s going to flood up, I’ll be pulling out this afghan to work on.