Last month I was invited to attend my first ever Yarn Club. This is a group of women, many that I have reconnected with after moving back to San Diego, that get together every month and work on crochet or knitting projects. I actually do know how to crochet. My mom taught me when I was about 10 or 11. She taught me the most basic, single crochet stitch and that is all I have attempted to date. The only thing I have actually finished was a blue and yellow blanket for my hamster, Fuzzhead. Fuzzhead was the subject of my 7th grade science project and was going to be on display in the school gymnasium so I made him a blanket with my school colors to represent.
Roughly 15 years later, Fuzzhead had long been in hamster heaven, and I was attempting to stop a disgusting habit. I needed to quit smoking. I knew if I kept my hands busy, I could go without lighting up a cigarette. I ran out to the store, bought some yarn and a crochet hook and started making a blanket. It seemed like my mom could make about 3 or 4 blankets a year without a problem. I thought I would have this great blanket to snuggle in after about 2 weeks. Two weeks had passed; I had successfully stopped smoking, and I had crocheted about half of a scarf. The novelty had worn off again. I threw all the yarn in a bag and stored it on the top shelf of the closet. That bag moved with me to 6 different residences and after another 10 years, it finally saw the light of day last month.
|Not the original bag.|
I’m not that much further along on my “blanket”, but I have surpassed the point of making a scarf. I will get this blanket done and it may take me another 10 years to do it, but in the process, I have made a couple of other things that I am awfully proud of.
We were visiting our friends, J & H, in Iowa (H can be found here) and I was discussing the Yarn Club that I was invited to. J, alerted me to a t-shirt his brother, brother-in-law, friend, or someone else (I quit listening once I heard what the shirt said) had made. I first asked if I could have the shirt – it never hurts to ask, right? He politely declined, but said he would send me the graphic. A couple of weeks later I sat down to make my t-shirt, I noticed that J had a status update on Facebook about having strep and was as sick as he had ever been. Not wanting to be a pest, I ventured out on my own and came up with this:
|Bitches Be Knittin’|
The words on the shirt are what I stole from J’s source, but the graphic I found on my own. I actually typed “bitches be knittin’” into Google Images and found it. I have been so excited about this shirt for weeks and tonight, I get to wear it to Yarn Club!
And finally, since I had to buy a whole pack of iron transfers, I decided I needed to make Rory a Honey Badger t-shirt. If you don’t know about The Honey Badger, crawl out from under your rock and click here. Rory has been dubbed The Honey Badger by my brother and he continues to live up to his nickname.
|The Honey Badger Don’t Care|