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Fun Facts About this Blogger

Fun Facts About this Blogger

It seems as though I have sort of ‘dropped the ball’, when it comes to really allowing you guys to know more about myself. So I figured, why not do a little post about some fun facts about this crochet blogger. Well, here goes nothing! […]

Adventures of the Slouchy Hat

Adventures of the Slouchy Hat

This past weekend the mister and I actually got to enjoy some alone time without any kiddos (that’s right, we had absolutely NO KIDS lol). So we took a little day trip to the Natural Bridge in Ky and just got lost. One of our […]

Why Crochet????

Why Crochet????

Why do I crochet? I get asked this more often than not and I for the longest time would simply state because I enjoy it. However, my reasoning stems from much deeper than that. In this post I am going to open up quite a bit.

                I started crocheting around the age of 8 or 9, my grandmother was the one who took the time to teach me. Little did I know that what she was doing was not just teaching me a craft to pass the time, but she was giving me a tool that would help me through some of my most vulnerable moments in life.

                For the longest time I simply did it for a way to escape (I grew up in a very abusive household). It was a way to take me to a whole other place. It was my own world that only I was a part of. Then, back in 2014 when I was 15 weeks pregnant with my youngest daughter, I found out that I in fact had cervical cancer. It literally felt as though my entire world was flipped upside down.

                It wasn’t as though I had a great support system (I no longer spoke to my parents and my then husband pretty much emotionally ‘checked out’ on me). I spent many nights on the couch by myself crying myself to sleep. I had finally broken down. I had what seemed like nothing left in me. I would wake up and pretty much do the bare minimum to keep my other two kids alive and keep the house just clean enough to keep a fight from happening.

                Then one day while I was doing laundry I came across my bin of old crochet supplies (at this point it had been at least 4 years since I had picked up a hook and yarn). It was a though the cosmos where trying to distract me, to give me something else to focus on.

                I spent many days and hours at the hospital having ultrasounds, stress tests, blood work and the list goes on and on. I honestly feel as though if it weren’t for crochet I wouldn’t have made it through. I spent my days making ‘lovies’ for NICU babies and things for my own children. Since then I have just continued to crochet as a way to manage stress and my PTSD induced anxiety.

                I think that just like any art form, crochet too has a ton of therapeutic qualities and can help manage those who suffer from anxiety etc. It truly has been something that I look forward to doing every single day and I don’t ever want to be without it again.

                Tell me, why do you crochet???? Let me know in the comments below!!!!

 

What to do when the Crojo is gone…

What to do when the Crojo is gone…

Crojo… You all know what I am talking about. Your crocheting mojo. We all have it, yet we all also know how quickly it can be gone.                 You cannot tell me that you have never in your crocheting career, started a project and midway […]

Mandala Yarn Review: The Verdict is In!!!!

Mandala Yarn Review: The Verdict is In!!!!

  I have worked with many types of wonderful yarn (as many of you wonderful hookers have as well) and it will come to you as no surprise that I also have quit the yarn addiction as well. I cannot even begin to explain the […]

Sorry I’ve been gone…

Sorry I’ve been gone…

I am not gonna lie, I pretty much dropped the ball when it comes to my blog. See, when I started this endeavor I was about 3 weeks out from having surgery to remove a mass from my pelvic region. I had planned to take the 4 to 6 weeks I was off work recovering to work on getting my blog up and running but as many of you may know, life happened. I had no motivation to do much of anything other than to crochet and go fishing when my body allowed it.

But, even with all that being said, I have had the nagging feeling to get back to it. So I have been working on some new posts and also working on new projects that I cannot wait to share with you. I really hope that you can all forgive me and look at this post as new beginning. I am so excited to start fresh and to get this crocheted ball a rolling lol.

So here we go… here is to new and greater things to come!!!!

Oh So Soft…. (A Yarn Review)

Oh So Soft…. (A Yarn Review)

Hey all! So I want to get real with you all really quick. Now as many of you know, just because a yarn feels nice and looks nice doesn’t mean that it’s all that great to work with. So I wanted to take a moment […]


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Oh So Soft…. (A Yarn Review)

Oh So Soft…. (A Yarn Review)

Hey all! So I want to get real with you all really quick. Now as many of you know, just because a yarn feels nice and looks nice doesn’t mean that it’s all that great to work with. So I wanted to take a moment and discuss this beautiful, amazing yarn that I have had the pleasure of working with here lately.

What is the so-called yarn from the Gods that I speak of? It’s the ‘Big Twist’ Yarns- Rainbow Classic (can purchase here). Never (and I mean NEVER) have I been so completely satisfied with a yarn. From the way that it looks (very warm and inviting), to the way that it feels (seriously oh so soft). I was nervous at first that it would be hard to work with due to the texture of it. However, it is actually very easy to work with and I feel that it shows my stitches very nicely. I have posted a photo of what I have done so far with this yarn (current WIP is a queen sized blanket for my 9-year-old daughter. All done in SC & DC).

 

 

So if you are looking to try something new, I would highly suggest trying this out. I am so excited to finish up this project and share the finished product with you.

                What are some of your favorite yarns to work with? I would truly love to hear from you and hear your suggestions. Feel free to email me at marie@hookandpen.com.