Crochet: Inspiring Option or Distracting Dream?

Oh, the siren call of the Ripple Blanket…

OK, let me first state for the record that I am not One of Those Knitters. You know who I’m talking about…the nearly-militant anti-crochet zealots. Not large in number, but they’re out there.

Nope, that’s not me. In fact, the “problem” I’m dealing with lately feels like a sort of fiber-arts-related ADD–You’ll note, I’m sure, the complete absence of “H,” or hyperactivity ;-)

I adore knitting. And spinning. I’ve always liked to sew, and can spend hours in fabric stores. But lately, I’ve been finding myself attracted to crochet…Odd, since I’ve never been “a crocheter” in my life. Or maybe that’s the point.

Who, after all, doesn’t like a challenge. And with so many mouth-watering crochet books coming out, how can anyone resist? Books like this one, my new favorite (it has an adorable “breakfast set” pattern, complete with a retro tea cozy chocolate/robin’s egg blue):

And this lovely collection of delights:

And this–complete with intriguing designer interviews:


See what I mean? Oh, what’s a person to do with only 24 hours in a day?

To be honest, I count myself as fortunate, having a bit more “unscheduled” time than most people I know. So the solution to my little quandry is the ever-so-simple-and-yet-so-difficult task of moving beyond the dreaming and planning stage to the learning, practicing, and executing stage. I might find I love crocheting, or—horrors!—I might find I’m not very good at it.

Oh, well. I guess that’s why it’s so much fun to just page through books like these and dream of all the things you could make. Don’t you agree?


Until next time…Think warm thoughts, and happy knitting (or crocheting)!

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