Yes. I try to say this as confidently as possible when asked.
Come on, let’s face it, CROCHET is for old grannies, great-great-aunties and the ancient lady next door. Right?
I must admit that even I conjure up those *shudder* images whenever I hear that word. How drearily old-fashioned and utterly boring. Even the word YARN sounds depressing, never mind the others…KNITTING, WOOL, NEEDLE WORK. Yuck.
So, why has all of the above become such a passion in my life?
I have thought about this a lot (especially when my friends practically roll around on the floor laughing at me – not in front of me of course) and have decided that it all started when I was 5. I went to primary school in Ireland and in our junior years, we were taught how to knit, crochet and sew. I remember knitting a baby cardigan (real colour blue) which turned out lumpy, grey (filthy dirty) and stretched but I was ridiculously proud of it. And that was the end of that until about 2 years ago when, on some unknown whim, I decided to buy a crochet hook and a ball of wool. I was so impressed that I still knew what to do that I persevered and got through a whole line of crochet! Then, I saw that Vicky was also starting to show an interest in crocheting and I got a look at her newly acquired wool – colourful, soft, gorgeous balls of 100% cotton – I was (excuse the pun) HOOKED!
From then on it became a sort of hidden little secret of mine, a shameful addiction – who the heck in the right mind actually crochets? The different colours and different fibres lead to new patterns, new photos and new projects. I crocheted scarves, beanie after beanie; blanket after blanket – most of which remain unfinished and abandoned because I would get side-tracked by get another stunning colour or new range of wool. New bloggers and crafters were talking about and making all sorts of new things which I just HAD to try. Phew, it was exhausting keeping up with this new type of addiction but I loved it…and being good at it did not enter the equation at all! Now that’s passion! I am now not even ashamed to say that sitting quietly on my own, making some arb pretty little thing has become my therapy and makes me really (really) happy!
If I have to name one thing that has really made me (and Vicky, she is a massive fan too) want to sit and make things with a hook and wool, it would be Lucy from Attic24 http://attic24.typepad.com/ ‘cause she has made crochet COOL again!