Recently I’ve gotten “hooked” on crochet.
I’m a beginner. My mother used to crochet afghans and such until arthritis got the better of her fingers.
My aunt Valerie was a master at crochet. She could crochet anything and any style. I always admired her talent.
Kristin is really super at crochet and one time when we met for coffee she brought along her project. I’ve been thinking about trying it ever since….
Watching my mother and my aunt sit for hours in a calm, almost meditative state while creating something beautiful was almost…..holy to me. I was intrigued but never took the time when I was young to really sit and learn the craft. (Did I just say “when I was young”?)
A while ago I bought a couple of hooks and yarn and when I went home a couple of months ago mom gave me the whole load of her crochet hooks, her crochet days are over…..I feel really sad about that because especially at this time of her life now that dad and auntie are gone I think, after what I’ve been reading about crochet,she would really benefit from it.
I’ve been hooking away ever since doing mostly practice stitches.
While looking for something regarding crochet online I came across some really interesting information about the health benefits of crochet!
Health benefits of crochet?? Yeah…that’s what I said too.
Here is what I found out.
When people crochet they sometimes go into a form of meditation focusing all of their attention on the task at hand. This helps to let go of stressful thoughts. This meditative state has many health benefits-reduced blood pressure, reduced heart rate and a more relaxed state of mind.
Crocheting is therapeutic. Because of its calming, rhythmic movements, many studies have shown positive results for people suffering from chronic depression, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and schizophrenia.
It’s also great for keeping your fingers nimble.
I thought…wow. Thinking back though over mother’s and auntie’s lives I can see that was probably true for both of them. Neither one of them had Alzheimer’s, dementia or schizophrenia but I think there was probably some level of depression there from life situations.
Personally I know that since I’ve started to “practice” crochet I’ve certainly experienced mental benefits. It’s definitely been calming for me.
My usual routine before bedtime was to hang on the computer for a while and then go to bed. I noticed that there was more than one night where I had trouble falling asleep because of something I’d read online.
Now, I crochet before going to bed and as soon as my head hits the pillow-I clunk out.
I came across this book: Crochet Saved My Life
I might order it just because I’m so intrigued by this whole thing.
With the winter just around the corner I’m thankful to have crochet now. I’m not a person that gets easily bored because I’m always puttering but -and this is a confession-I find that I get over tired because I can’t sit still.
I’m definitely not a “sitter arounder”.
I can’t just “sit” and rest, and that can be a problem.
I learned that about myself since moving to Japan. I’ve learned quite a few things about myself while living in a semi-hermit state… but it’s all good.
I noticed that when I sit and crochet, my body rests, my mind becomes calm and I’m still satisfied because I don’t feel like I’ve wasted time.
I’m teaching myself this art with the help of YouTube and Crocheting for Dummies. I found tons of good videos on YouTube that are fun, clear and have really helped me to create something I didn’t think I could. I used to think this sort of thing was beyond my reach.
I love the yarn colors too! I’m starting out with yarn from the 100 yen shop. It’s ok-probably not the best quality but I’m still in the beginner’s stage so it’s good enough for simple projects.
Later, when I’m a bit more proficient I’d like to make something with Noro Yarn. I saw online that it’s fairly expensive in the states but here it’s a bit more reasonable because it is a Japanese yarn.
It’s absolutely gorgeous yarn! Look at these colors!!
If you’ve always wanted to try crochet but didn’t think you could do it-I encourage you to try it. I never thought I would be able to create anything other than a tangled up mess but while I was visiting the kids I created a beautiful scarf for my daughter! Granted it’s a simple beginner’s scarf but she treasured it because “momma” made it.
I’ve got orders from my grandsons that I’m working on now!
Well..I think this post is done…I’m starting to ramble.
Happy crocheting !