30 Days of Thanks Day 19: Completed Crochet!

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about how I never finished crochet projects. Really, it was about prioritizing time, but really it was about my frustrations over not crocheting.

Last week, even though I have a living room full of boxes to still unpack, I started crocheting a new shawl. I bought new yarn last spring but had not done anything with it and was eager to get my hands into something. It doesn’t matter that there are at least 20 crochet projects¬† in my¬† apartment in various stages of development. I wanted to use THIS yarn.

Thanks to a day-long meeting and the six hour defensive driving course spread over two afternoon, I finally completed a crochet project!

Well, nearly done. I still have to sew in the ends and block it.

Right now, I am just grateful for time to crochet and finish a project. And thankful for my Personal Assistant who was willing to model it so I could show all of you.

National Crochet Month

I had no idea there was a National Crochet Month. I know, I’m a poor excuse for a crocheter, not even knowing there was an entire month dedicated to my hobby. I’ve had other things on my mind.

I love to crochet. I enjoy the feel of yarn in my hands, watching something take shape as I create. I usually have a crochet project in my van so I can take it out and work on it whenever possible. I crochet in waiting rooms, in coffee shops, while waiting for a show to start at the theater, on the train, during day-long continuing education workshops – you get the picture.

Crocheting Melissa’s cowl while on the train to New York City in January.

Now that I know about this wonderful month, I plan to celebrate in style. Packing up my apartment, I learned there are seven projects in various stages of completion on my hooks. Yes, seven. They include:

  1. A purple and white cowl for my friend Melissa. See photo above.
  2. A gift for my friend Kelly, which I wanted to have completed in December.
  3. Socks for my sister Sandy, which were supposed to be her birthday present last year.
  4. A blanket for my co-worker’s new baby.
  5. A blanket which was supposed to be a gift for my niece’s baby, the baby who will be five years old in a few months. At this point, it might make a great blanket for her dolls.
  6. A shawl for myself, made from AMAZING yarn I bought last year with the intention of making something for my ex. It’s the most expensive yarn I’ve ever purchased and I am so glad its softness and luxury wasn’t wasted on him.
  7. A blanket for my nephew and his wife. They got married last May. I might have it done by their first anniversary.

I also have yarn for projects I have yet to start – blankets and sweaters for friends, leg warmers for myself, pot holders for my sisters to use next year for cookie bake.

I don’t have a problem starting new projects. I have difficulty finishing them. I start with good intentions, then life intervenes as it often does, and projects fall by the wayside.

Today I am making a public declaration. I will not start another project until I complete the ones on my hooks. I will not enter another yarn shop until I reduce the size of my yarn stash, no matter how amazing the colors look with the skeins neatly arranged by hue. I freely admit my stash is getting a bit out of control, particularly since I already have so many projects in process.

So, if anyone wants to join me for a stitch ‘n bitch, I have plenty of yarn to spare. Just bring your own hooks and patterns. And maybe wine.