At the start of each year, I always revisit my to-do list and renew my promise to self to be productive, purge and declutter, get organized, spend less time on the internet, engage in hobbies other than hair, decorate on a budget, etc. Of course at the turn of this new year, things were no different EXCEPT I am holding myself accountable and will make good on my promises this year unlike all other years.
First up, crocheting! Crocheting is a hobby that I randomly decided to pursue a few years ago. It stemmed from two specific events: my husband having medical issues and my love for slouchy beanies and scarves. I find crocheting peaceful and therapeutic, thus it’s helpful when I’m under a lot of stress. I definitely prefer to buy my beanies and scarves BUT the cost can be super expensive. So, here’s where my hobby comes in. I took to YouTube to learn crocheting. The motivation to learn came and went. So, fast forward, here I am, almost 3 years later and I’m finally taking crochet seriously.
I recently came across an easy chunky cowl pattern and thought I’d give it a try. The pattern suggests it would take an hour. Wrong! I’m a beginner so I’m a slow crocheter. In total, it took about 5 hours with taking breaks. My cowl isn’t perfect and definitely has flows, but I’m very pleased with the end result! The biggest compliment, a few family and friends have asked for one. I of course need to get my skill up before I do that but hey, that made me feel good anyway. Now that I’ve been bit by the crochet bug, I’m ready for my next project…hopefully, a slouchy beanie.
Edited to add: I used Bernat Blanket yarn. It’s “Super Bulky” and has a weight of “6” with a recommended hook size of 11mm. I used a 10.50mm hook because I could not locate a 11mm hook locally.
What to-do list items will you make priority this year?