Thursday, March 18, 2010

Secret habits - Around the House

I have a little secret. Something I do around the house that most people don't know about. I crochet.

Yep. I taught myself to crochet about 5 years ago and it's been a constant habit of mine. I've made so many scarves and hats, I can't even count them all. I actually did so many at one time, I donated them, plus little hats to an orphanage in Russia. I've made tank tops, halters, a skirt, shawls, capelets, shrugs, and a tunic top.

Now, I've taught myself to make socks. It took me two or three times trying out different patterns before I found one that I love. It's a really basic pattern and that's great because I can make it in many, many different ways. This first pair is just straight single crochet with a little ruffle at the top. The beautiful colored stripes came from the Berroco yarn I used. My daughter calls them my 'elfin' socks because the toes are a bit 'pointy'. Ok, she's right, but it was my first pair and I was learning.

The second pair I just finished is worsted weight yarn done with a much bigger hook. Quick. Easy. And, oh so cozy to wear while watching TV or reading.

Ok, another secret habit...I love to bake. Here's a picture of St. Patrick's Day soda bread that I made and shared with friends and family.

So, here are a few of my now, not so secret, favorite habits around the house. Both crochet and baking are relaxing, enjoyable and stress-free for me.


ColorJoy LynnH said...

I'm with you on custom-made socks, and you sure pick colors I also pick.

Baking... I bake a lot, because I can't have wheat or corn. Most wheat-free baking mixes have corn/potato and/or xanthan gum, which I can not have either.

So I bake. The difference? I don't like baking much. I like *eating* the baked goods, and I get so I crave them enough that I am willing to do the work.

What I make is better than things in the store. I do miss the days when I could just go and buy something, though.

goldenbird said...

I like your crocheted socks! They look so cozy. Isn't it fun to wear the items you make? It feels so special. I have finished one sock and have two more on the needles. They take forever to knit because the needles are so teeny tiny. I've tried to teach myself to crochet using a book, but didn't have much luck.

I like your shawl, too. Will you keep it for yourself?

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

So glad you like my colorful custom made socks, they are a joy to wear.

Sorry to hear of your allergies and that you find baking a chore that must be done. I'm glad you like your treats better than what's at the store...that's gotta be a good payoff. I know I much prefer my homemade scones to any I've ever bought.

Maybe there's a way to make baking as much fun as knitting? Maybe make your own recipes like you make your own patterns?


Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

Thanks, Stacy. I was inspired by your blog on knitting socks. They are cozy and I really do enjoy wearing them especially knowing I made them myself!

Have you tried looking on the internet for crochet help? I taught myself to crochet using internet sites, now there are a few with video tutorials. The shawl/caplet is a favorite of mine. I really love the yarn. It was expensive but I think worth it in the end.