I started this As-We-Go Stripey Blanket from Not Your Average Crochet a few months before I left for the UK. I knew I wouldn’t get very far before I had to leave it behind, but I like to always have a project going that I can easily pick up and put down again, and crochet is perfect for that.
I love sitting “in my own little corner, in my own little chair” (isn’t Brandy’s Cinderella amazing? Although I do love the stepsisters the most, I think.) The repetition of crochet and its relatively simple nature is so soothing to me. 1 hook, 1 strand, two hands. I’ve always associated crochet with comfort. My Mamaw, before she passed, made a chevron patterned afghan for every one of her grandchildren. And she used that pattern to teach me to crochet. I return to crochet when I don’t feel equal to the coordination required by knitting or the keen eye focus of embroidery or quilting. In my exhaustion of the past few weeks, I returned to this comfy, colorful blanket. This crochet along that I found on pinterest has been the ideal project for my current levels of anxiety. The stitches of crochet tend to come down to only a few repetitive motions, which can become incredibly soothing. And the new combination of stitches on each row keeps my attention and helps me to maintain that ideal state of focused mindfulness, when I’m in the moment and experiencing the actions without that extra layer of worry and fear that so often intrudes.