I do. I really love it. I look forward to doing it. I dream about doing it. I spend too long thinking about doing it and spend too long actually doing it wherever I may be. But it hasn't always been like that as I used to make lace; knit; cross stitch and embroider.
I can't quite remember what enticed me into trying crochet for the first time (I think about 6 years ago. 6 years?!) but I remember my first crochet book...
and my first project, a covered coat hanger.
I found learning how to crochet really hard as it is so different to knitting and it took ages for it to click. I still don't hold my hook the correct way but that's nothing new as I don't hold my knitting needles the right way either! The book I found the most helpful was a simple vintage children's Ladybird book. It has very simple diagrams and helpfully telling you to that the first thing you should do is wash your hands.
How sweet is that? Anyway the big news is that I am now on to my lace edging of my round cushion and I am overcome with excitement at how well it is turning out.
I have been wondering this week if my obsession for crafting is ..well, normal! There have been a couple of incidents that have got me thinking. The first being a conversation I had with a colleague when we were discussing what we looked forward to during the day. I said rather too quickly and slightly squeakily, 'lighting my fire and doing my crochet' and she just stopped and looked at me in disbelief, totally not getting it. Then the next day I heard a man on the radio ask a folk singer what she did in her spare time, 'I knit,' she said and he just couldn't believe what he was hearing and it totally freaked him out for a minute or two. It was if she had said she murdered people!
My crafting has been a huge part of my life for many, many years and I can't contemplate life without it. It gives me enormous pleasure to look around our home (and some of my friends' homes) and see the things I've made adorning the walls and chairs. So my apologies if you are waiting for an email from me this week but every spare second I've had I have been grappling with a lace edging and being in perfect bliss.