I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been blessed with a whole lot of kindness throughout my life. Most of the people that gave me kindness didn’t even know the impact of their actions. The sweet girl in high school that invited me to church with her because she saw I was upset over something really made a difference for me. The same with the few good friends I had growing up that accepted me with all my quirks and still wanted to hang out. Those friends in adulthood that made time for tea and shared books and stories and favorite shows.
All these people that I’d like to thank in some way, but most of them I can’t. The friends I had in school are long gone for the most part, and quite a few of my current friends live in other states now. It’s a bit difficult to invite someone to tea when there are a few hundred miles between you and them. I’m happy to crochet things or make goodies to ship, but an obstacle to doing so is that I have three cats that are everywhere and more than a few people are allergic to cats. I’m sure they’d accept the hat or scarf I would make, but they wouldn’t be able to wear or use it due to the cats. I keep a meticulously clean kitchen, so goodies aren’t a problem but the flip side to that is baked goods are heavy and cost a bit to ship.
I enjoy crafting, and yarn is my favorite medium so there are times that I need to give things away simply because I have no more room to store the various hats and scarves or whatever it is I’ve made. A lot of the yarns I use are the simple ones found in normal craft stores, but I’ll say that pure acrylic yarn isn’t one of my favorites. I like blends of different fibers with acrylic since they give a softer texture and a different sheen. The downside to this is they are more delicate and less able to be washed or cleaned easily. The last yarn I’ve used was a silk blend, which is super soft and a beautiful color that is closer to turquoise than green but is so vibrant without being stark that I fell in love with this yarn that is $12.00 a skein, which is only around 180 yards per skein. Crochet is a sort of wasteful craft in that it uses twice as much yarn to make something than knitting does. The appeal of crochet is that you can make things that are whimsical and beautiful, yet still can be functional. Knitting can indeed be fun and whimsical, but the nature of knitting is structural and economical and as such makes it difficult to create the lace patterns that are used to make doilies or coverlets or intricate details that crochet allows you to do. For me, it’s easier to make my creature hats with a hook rather than with needles.
Knitting is more difficult for me to do, which is odd considering how much I like structure and routine. Maybe it’s that crochet gives me a release for that need to be whimsical, or maybe it’s just that the hook feels better in hand. It certainly allows me to enjoy the texture of my yarns since it’s held in one hand while the other works at the knots and patterns. Texture is huge for me. Everything from my bed linens to towels to throw pillows to socks are soft and a pleasure to touch and use. Nothing I own is scratchy or abrasive or uncomfortable. There is no leather or suede, since I don’t really like the feel of either (possibly since I’ve never felt truly good leather or suede) and instead I go for cottons and fleece and silk and linen. Silk isn’t common since it’s not as economic as the other fabrics, but those few pieces of it are much loved.
There’s a lovely red merino wool sitting in my project bag, waiting for me to do something with it. Merino wool is softer and less itchy than normal wool. I have a project idea for it already, and hopefully I have enough for the hat/scarf set I’d like to make. If not, I’ll just have to go back get more yarn.