“A lady is smarter than a gentleman, maybe, she can sew a fine seam, she can have a baby, she can use her intuition instead of her brain, but she can’t fold a paper in a crowded train.”
I like to crochet because it makes me feel capable. I can’t swim, can barely cook and don’t know how to put up a shelf, but knowing how to make something I might need makes me feel a little bit powerful in this big wide world, even if it is just a small thing, like a purse or bookmark.
I wasn’t particularly creative or ‘crafty’ as a child but my mum always knitted and crocheted while I was growing up, insisting on making my sister and I homemade school jumpers, much to our embarrassment. She did teach me to knit when I was about 12 and I spent about four years working painfully and slowly on one hideous orange scarf that was more hole than wool before giving up the ghost altogether. I couldn’t even get the hang of purling so when it came to crochet one look at my mum’s hook flying over her work at lightning speed put me off, as it looked just too complicated to even try.
I wish I’d paid attention to her then as I’ve obviously spent many years losing out. (Interestingly, a friend of mine said to me today that she would love to learn how to crochet but fears that she’s “just not a creative person”. I told her how does she know if she’s never tried? I think we must all have it in us – after all, just a few generations ago wasn’t everyone at it?)
So I got the crochet bug only about three years ago, after watching a fantastic video on You Tube, believe it or not: How to crochet a Beanie. I had no idea how to crochet but I was mesmerised. I watched it over and over again and thought ‘I can do that’. And the next week I bought myself some wool and a hook and took it to my mum’s and asked her to show me how to start. (She couldn’t quite believe it). Then I went back to my computer, put the video on and followed it second by second. And voila, I made a hat! (Well, it was only about the size of my fist, and slightly weird in shape as I didn’t understand the principle of increasing, but it was, nevertheless a hat…type thing). After that I was, well, hooked (ho ho).
So there’s my story. What else do you need to know – I’m single and I live in London and I work in the media. And apart from crochet, I love to read, write, do yoga and waste my time looking stuff up on the net, like crochet patterns and Cute Overload when I should be working. Oh, and I don’t have a cat.