In early 2005, life kind of blew for me. I had just moved back into my parent’s house after breaking up with a long term boyfriend, was flat broke, and that was just the tip of the iceberg. I spent a lot (read: tons) of time re-discovering my crochet hooks, having been abandoned for a few years prior. Up until that point, I had not made anything that wasn’t perfectly geometric, and was pretty much rocking the single and double crochet like it was my job. Circles? Mmm…sometimes. But they were wonky.
Well, anyway. I crocheted a lot in those 3 years I was back at my parent’s. Looking back at how much personal turmoil I had during that time, I can really see how my anxiety, fear, and loneliness giving me every reason to keep my hands (and my my mind) busy. I decided to teach myself how to read more complex patterns, and with my crochet mentor (my mom) being just downstairs, I can say the time I spent crocheting, and doing yarn-themed things with my mom were the best times in those stupid dark days. These days, I’m still crocheting up a storm, but I noticed that I work with brighter colors. Happy hands want to play with happy colors 🙂
It was 2007. These were the first pair of fingerless gloves I attempted, and my word did they drive me nuts sometimes. I had never worked with something as small as an F hook, and I have pretty big hands. Owie. But I just kept looking at the book’s photo of the beautiful finished project and I forged ahead (I think I also have a botched 3rd sibling to this pair stuffed in a bin somewhere…). I am so glad that I did, and now, I’m not afraid of any pattern. Ever. Cause I know I’ll figure it out eventually. In fact, I think I should call these my Confidence Mitts, cause that’s what they give me!
I still wear these from September through March, and when I take them off, I put them right in my purse, because I’m always afraid I’ll lose them. I just…love them. They are 100% merino wool, super soft, and could probably do with a washing, now that I see these pictures of when they were so brand-y new. Yikes.
Ahahahahaa, I just noticed that I had this next photo tagged as “my Sistine Chapel” in Picasa.
the finished project…cue Golden Girls theme song…
edited to add: the pattern is from Debbie Stoller’s “The Happy Hooker.” I’ve made quite a few items from this book. The only bad thing I can say is that the binding on mine cracked after not very long, and now is hanging on for dear life. Sad face.