About a year ago, I decided to take up crochet. It turns out, I’m not the only one who has rediscovered needlework as an anecdote to stress. Concentrating on handiwork can help calm nerves and stop racing thoughts. In her 2012 book, Crochet Saved my Life, writer Kathryn Vercillio ( http://crochetsavedmylife.kathrynvercillo.com/ ) credits the craft as an important tool in battling depression.
Therapeutic benefits were not my goal when I began one of my first projects last January. At last year’s SuperBowl party, I started a project using a $1 roll of twine from the Dollar Tree. It turned into a tote bag that was functional , though definitely not elegant. Since then, I have turned out projects sporadically, created a large bag of random pieces of cloth and amassed a huge stash of yarn. And, it turns out, have discovered a hobby that is relaxing and at the same time productive.
As my work has improved, there have been techniques that seemed elusive. I turned to library books and free patterns online which lead me to Ravelry .
This week, I decided to join Ravelry, a social community of knitters, crocheters and other textile enthusiasts. I’ve found it a great resource for patterns, information and inspiration. I found it through Moogly.com, which is hosting a Moogly.com 2018 Crochet a Long (CAL) to create two afghan squares a month (and happens to be based in Bettendorf, go figure!).
So, today I created my first project using the site. The resources I found helped me so much I should have it finished by tomorrow!