It will be of no surprise to anyone who knows me, whether online or in ‘real life’, that when I have a moment to myself, I pick up a hook! Not a hook as in “aaaargh! Where’s Peter Pan?”, but a crochet hook.

It amazes me that I can do this, partly because I’m left-handed.  I tried teaching myself before and... I got in a mess. I went to a crafting section at a blogging event, where someone had a go at teaching me. Due to my left handedness, I gave up. Then, in January 2016, I went along to a crochet group at our local library.  Best move ever! 

In two hours, I amazed myself coming out with this… 

 

Which grew to this… 

 

Which then grew again to this….

 

My brain finds it very hard to switch off. As a mum to two autistic teens, and I think a diagnosis needed for me, I’ll remember forms that need to be completed and phone calls that need to be made, and even though I’ll have popped them into a “to do” list, they continue to rattle around in my head.

I get anxious too, more than I should. ‘What if’s’ jump into my mind and multiply very effectively, snowballing almost.

Which is why crochet is so good for me.

The counting of stitches needed banishes the ‘you haven’t done....’ thoughts as the calming, gentle crochet hook (unless I’m doing double trebles, I love them, such a flourish needed!) works its magic and relaxes me. I’ve found it very useful in pre-operative assessments!

I’ll go in there calm, and then they’ll take my heart beat and my mind instantly starts going “keep calm, you don’t want a high reading, KEEP CALM”, which sends it into overdrive!! A few times I’ve had to say “I’m panicking, please can I have a couple of minutes crocheting and it will calm down”...and it does.  Silly, but it works for me.

I honestly think that, following my three operations since October 2016, I would be in an even more anxious state than I am now were it not for crochet. It produces nice results too! It still absolutely amazes me, that left-handed me can finally do this!!!

If you’d like to find more of my crochet head to my Facebook page Blue Dais Crochet

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