Hello friends, it has been a while! Life with a two year old has had me on a roller coaster these past few months, that along with summer vacation and renovations. I have had my hands full but I have been missing keeping you all in the loop with my crafting adventures. I hope you missed me too 🙂 There are so many things I want to share with you but I will pick one for now and work from there. Okay, here goes…..
Summer time, we all love it, need it and crave it. We start to shed those winter layers and bask in the glory of long, hot days. With this comes the shredding of responsibilities and motivation. It’s like Jack Frost had us all being adults and on our toes. Then the Sun shows up and we all start listening to EDM and fist pumping. Screw being responsible, I just want to lay here in the sun. One thing that always seems to get put aside is my crochet hook. I’m like a teenager when I talk to my hook, all like, “noooooo I don’t wannnnaaaaaaa”!! I find it so hard to keep on hooking in the summer months and every season I always throw it to the side and run carefree in the hot sun only to regret it come the end of August, as I have very little fall inventory/new cozy goodies to share with you all 😦 This year I said no! There must be a way to keep motivated and inspired while also partying with the sun. My thoughtful partner in crime was listening and got me the best Mother’s Day gift. He enrolled me in Happy Yarn Mail for the summer months and it has been awesome so far. Okay, I have only received two packages but it has definitely kept me hookin these past few months. Basically each month you are enrolled, they mail you a pattern and the yarn to make it with.
I was eager waiting for the first package to arrive, it felt like a first date. What would it look like? Would it be fun? Would it be something I would want to make again? You know all the normal thoughts a person has while waiting on some yarn mail to come 😉 It finally came and I got to say I was a little sad. The pattern was for a market bag which I had made before and didn’t really enjoy sigh I was disappointed. It sat for a few weeks and I pouted about having to make it, it felt like it was going to be so much work and would I even like it? Ugh, eventually Dave asked how my project was going and the guilt made me decide to at least give it a try.
The first thing I had to make were granny squares. I had never made them before so I was even more discouraged from attempting this new pattern. I pushed through and made my first square, it felt good, surprisingly good! Then I read the next step which said I had to make 12 more squares……ya not impressed ugh but I had started so I had to finish. The more I hooked the better I got and I slowly started to feel inspired and motivated. Like I couldn’t wait until my monster, aka two year old, went for his nap so I could listen to my fav podcast and work away.
It was all starting to come together so beautifully. I was so excited to show Dave my progress and also share how much I was loving it. I could see the relief in his eyes, probably more so that he wouldn’t have to hear me complain about how hard it was going to be!
I had made great strides within a couple of weeks and was nearing completion of my beautiful bag. The last few steps required patience to stitch each square to the next to form the shape of the bag. I used stitch markers to hold the squares in place as I worked away.
Alas, all good things come to an end and I had finished my market bag. I was proud, I had attempted and gave it my all. It really did keep me motivated this summer and I can’t wait to show you all what I have been working on for the fall. Eeekkkk!!! So excited.
I am currently working on my second project from Happy Yarn Mail, again it’s not something I would normally make but I’m not letting that stop me from starting this time. I was so pleasantly surprised as both patterns so far are not something I would ever pick to make and I think that’s what I like best about the gift. It keeps me challenged and I get to try new things which has led to some new ideas for other crochet creations I have started. The only complaint I was going to say I had was that the pattern didn’t give enough details/pictures but when I re-read the pattern I realised it comes with a link to a video tutorial, ugh I need to learn to read a pattern fully before I start. Oh wells, I know for the next one. Happy Crafting!!