I wanted a hobby that could help me relax and feel accomplished at the same time. My mom suggested that I try crochet.You see, when we were young, she was into knitting and crochet.She made us sweaters and chalecos because it was quite cold where we lived.But since it’s been years since I last held a crochet hook, I had to look for easy projects on Youtube. This is a pic of me doing the pause & play method of re-learning the stitches in crochet haha!
Also, a few weeks ago, I created a Facebook page called Spring Candy Crochet which highlights some of my finished projects and has links to free crochet patterns found on the web. I named it such because I want my projects to inspire and to make people smile. I also created an IG account with the same name.
Besides that, I’m happy to say that I was able to make my daughter a pair of cow booties, a pink baby hat and several colorful headbands.
So, why crochet?
A few days ago, I got into a pensive mood after watching a video by Jason Silva on Facebook. The video was about our authentic selves. Well, for me, being authentic is purifying one’s intentions and doing what you love. I then got into thinking, why do I crochet? I mean, I have my hands full with a daughter, a husband and a home to take care of, and yet, somehow, in that little spare time I have, I choose to spend it putting that hook through the yarn one stitch after another. Why not just watch TV and then go to bed?
Well, first, crochet is a certified mood elevator and stress buster. Yes, you can actually stitch your bad mood or even depression away. Neuroscientists have recently found that the act of creating something, whether through art, cooking, or crocheting has similar effects to meditation in lowering stress levels and making us feel happier. In fact, CNN reported early this year that “in one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.”
As for me, I’d often lose myself for a few hours after we’ve put our baby to bed. I get in the zone, or technically speaking, in a state of “flow”. This phenomenon, according to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , is the secret to happiness. As he explained during his 2004 TED talk:
Second, finishing a crochet project builds self-esteem. When your works in progress are already done, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Whether you followed a pattern or created your own, spent an hour or two weeks on them, every crocheter feels pride in her/himself.
Third, I save money.Because I make her accesories, my daughter looks pretty without having to spend much. I’ve also made a couple of home improvement items such as the tissue holder in the pic below. This project was made from about half a cake of hand dyed cotton yarn worth only P200! So this is only P100 plus a few hours of my spare time.Imagine the savings right?!
|Pattern by: Youtube Bag-o-day Crochet & more|
Lastly, crochet has helped me connect with and help other people. About two months ago, I joined a Facebook group called Crochet Addict Philippines (CAP) which has more than 2000 members.
Through this group I am able to interact with people who are as enthusiastic ( perhaps more) about hooks and yarn as I am.We share our handiwork, pattern links and feedback to make each other better at this craft. As a stay at home mom, being part of an online social group is both enjoyable and fulfilling.I get to share my work and soak in the positive energy from the other members.
At that time as well, there was an ongoing drive in cooperation with the Lions Club of Manila to collect beanies to be donated to children battling cancer at Philippine General Hospital.I was thankful for the opportunity to help out.My cousin in law and I only made a few beanies but we hoped it made four kids feel even slightly better.
|Some of the beanies donated by CAP members at Philippine General Hospital|
It warms my heart that my hobby is able to affect somebody in a positive way. Next month, more beanies will be donated by CAP members.We have started to make some and will strive to do more.It is this author’s hope that the beanies warm the kids’ hearts as well, knowing that people, albeit strangers, want them to feel loved this Christmas.
Many people probably associate crochet and knitting to the old and feeble grandma in a rocking chair.Personally, I don’t mind because I know, even when I’m already old and gray, doing what I love to do will always make me feel young.
|104 year old Grace Brett “yarn bombing” her town in Scotland|
* Image of stacked beanies donated to PGH courtesy of CAP, obtained with permission.