The weekend is past and yes I know I am late with this post. There is a good reason, or maybe I should just say there is a reason. This weekend I decided to finally finish something that I started last December 26th. Yes… I finished crocheting an afghan. (This is my first and will be my last… that is unless I am sent to hell and the devil in his tormenting ways forces me to do another)
Wow do I hate crocheting! In a moment of complete stupidity (one that has lasted almost a year) I started crocheting in an attempt to show my daughter Gwen something that my grandmother taught me when I was very young. I have already expressed several times how much I hate crocheting and this has been a project that has almost sucked away my soul… (that may be an exaggeration). I want to share this although it has not been a source of joy. I do this in keeping with my “post what I did over the weekend” goal.
(here comes back story… if you want to skip… scroll down to the bottom to see the final results)
I have always loved discovering, learning and trying something new. (you may have noted this if you have read my previous posts). While this is a good thing, it has a “negative” side. Since I was young I started many things… crazy… cool… things but I also frustrated my parents as I quickly gave things up to try something else. I was continually lectured by my parents every time I started one of my “new” projects that if I was going to start something I had to finish it.
The only time I was not lectured on “finishing” something is when I read an article in this magazine and started building my own submarine. (if you read on the bottom right you will note that they had plans for a “SAFE” submarine that you could build yourself.) My mother later stated that she was only a little worried since she didn’t think I would finish it… She still kept an eye out to make sure I was not heading to the lake with it.
(KEEP READING… I promise this is going somewhere… )
Because of my poor “finishing” reputation and years of lectures I have a strong inner voice that tells me that I must finish what I start. (Boy I wished I would have finished that submarine)
Last Christmas Gwen received a “star wars” crocheting kit. Isabelle asked me if I would help Gwen. I decided we would each make a “yoda” at the same time. 11 hours later I finished mine… (hate crocheting….) while Gwen gave up after just doing the head. Gwen is a lot like me in that she likes to “start” things. That “must finish” voice came into my head so I tried to coax her into completing her yoda. She insisted that she wanted to crochet but yoda was just too hard. I wanted to encourage “finishing” without a lecture so I tried to think of something else.
I decided to show her what my grandmother (an incredibly loving patient woman… the perfect example of a grandmother) taught me when I asked her to teach me to crochet. I showed her how to make a “granny square”. I showed Gwen how to crochet a granny square similar to the one that I did above… but with the “yoda yarn” (green brown and ecru). She wasn’t really impressed and asked me what would you do with this little square. I told her that you can make really ugly clothes or a really cool afghan. She acted excited so I started making an afghan thinking she would help me and “finish” a crochet project.
She gave up about 20 minutes later and although I wanted to “give up”, that voice came to me saying… “finish”. I worked on this on and off over the past year. My mother hearing me complain even offered to “finish” it for me but I adamantly pushed through the tedium and drudgery and now it is finished.
There is a small happy ending for this project. Gwen saw this and said “when you die I get that”… (I am touched and bothered at the same time… why do kids have to say when you die… jesh)
I changed colors as I moved out because Isabelle told me that the “YODA” colors looked too old ( I laughed since this was being made with granny squares). Hope this was worth the read even though I didn’t explain how to make a granny square. UM…. WELL…. If you want me to show you how to make a granny square please let me know in the comments. (see what lengths I will go to for anyone willing to read this blog)
Thanks again for taking time to read my post!!!