Fast forward a year or three and there is a glorious pile of wibbly wobbly woolly granny squares sitting in the corner. They've been made in just a few weeks. The ghosts of granny squares past haunted me until I bought some lovely luxury wool online, picked up the crochet hook and started again. I spent good money on a beautiful yarn this time...thiswas to be the speed bump that would stop me from so hastily abandoning my just beginning to bloom crochet skills. The first few imperfect squares were unpleasant to trip over but once I got the hang of it and managed to get more coordinated, I began to see a few improvements. This blanket will be the story of my battle with the granny square, also known as learning to crochet. It's slightly addictive!
The reason I pulled myself together and decided to give it another shot was because I really needed to get myself a hobby. I run a small online creative business, where I make all the products on my trusty sewing machine. You'd think I'd be all topped up on creative juice but I discovered that for me, this was not so. I spent so many hours fussing over every little aspect of my job, that somewhere along the line I forgot to look after my creativity. In short, I took it for granted. Things went downhill quickly from there!
So, square by square, I've been crocheting the creativity back. Spending less time plugged in to my digital devices, babysitting the business and MORE time learning to enjoy the making process again. Putting everything into perspective hasn't been that easy, however I can see in the long run I will actually do BETTER in my job if I am more relaxed and allow for a slightly more even work/life/creative balance.
Even if I only have a spare 15mins to be creative in the day, I can at least complete the task (a square) And one day, I will be able to join up all those completed tasks into one lovely, cosy blanket that holds a thought, memory and moment in every little stitch. I just love the fact that I am making something for myself with my own two hands. In the same way that cooking a meal from scratch nourishes the body, creativity is surely chicken soup for the soul! Writing, painting, baking, knitting, sewing, gardening...whatever it is, take some time out this weekend to MAKE something! I tell you, creativity is the new black!
PS. I've also joined in the Small Things Yarn Along for the first time!
PPS. I am using the Summer Garden Granny Square tutorial by Attic24. I've found it really easy and lovely to follow as a beginner who isn't even 100% sure what most of the technical stitch terms are yet!