Books to Knit and Crochet By

Crocheting is something I’ve enjoyed for quite a while! I taught myself how to crochet while I was a grad school student, back in 2010. I became very good at it, making hats and scarves for friends and family. About two years ago, I had a wrist joint injury and needed to take time off from crocheting.

This was EXTREMELY hard for me! Next to writing, crocheting is something I’m passionate for! Thanks to a very good orthopedist and OT sessions, I’m beginning to crochet again. The process is slow (three rows a day), but paired with my hand exercises, there’s no pain!

My love of yarn crafting made me look up some books that feature people who both Knit and Crochet!

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

The Shop on Blossom Street is the 1st novel of the Blossom Street series. Macomber brings together a group of women in varying circumstances: a delinquent ordered to fulfill community service, a woman trying to call a truce with her daughter-in-law, and a young woman symbolizing her blanket project as a beacon of hope for her marriage. The common goal: bonding over a knitting project. Debbie Macomber beautifully tells the story of these three women as they learn how to be present for each other in the face of hardships.

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

When I first read ‘The Friday Night Knitting Club’, the yarn shop immediately made me think of The Yarn Company. This was a cute little shop for Knitters and Crocheters in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I would regularly head there on my way to class to pick up the necessary tools needed for my projects. Sadly, the shop is now closed, but there are still many other locations in New York City to fulfill your yarn crafting needs!
Everything in The Friday Night Knitting Club was so heartwarming. It taught about the power of female friendships when one of their circle faces huge struggle. The mother-daughter relationship in the story was also very endearing.

So far these are the only ‘yarn-centered’ stories I’ve read, but I vow to read more on this topic! I’m definitely going to crochet some rows tonight!

Note: I crocheted the lovely bunny by following Susan Morishita’s ‘Bunny Cakes‘ pattern!

July 18, 2018: Good Outcome

Last night’s Sips and Stitches event went really well. It was located in Flemington, not far from where I work. I was the only crocheter at the gathering (the group leader does also, but currently does cross-stitching), but I enjoyed meeting others who work with yarn like me.

I felt a welcoming presence from the group leader, and she was easy to talk to. The other members were friendly also, with the exception of one who only cared to network with ppl with embroidery tools in front of them. I laughed it off. Everyone has their way of interacting with others. Hopefully I can make it to the next yarn crafting event held in the area.

April 26, 2018: Diligence

It’s been a couple days since I had my first OT session. I’ve been diligently doing my exercises, and I’m hopeful that it will all work out favorably in a couple weeks. For the next two weeks I go twice after work, so hopefully my hand will improve dramatically next month. The only part that will be rough will be getting home late, then it sets back the regular walking activity I have coming home. But it will all work out. I can’t wait to crochet again…I really miss working with yarn, and this tendinitis prevents me from doing so.

March 8, 2018: Creativity Paused

I’m really glad that I completed a pillow these past couple days. The recent nor’easter caused my center to be closed for two days, so I took the opportunity to work on the pillow I’ve been creating for my Cozy Corner. It went pretty smoothly! It turned out to be smaller than what I pictured, but I’m happy with the end result! I began working on a bigger pillow, but needed to pause after crocheting the first 20 rows. I have tendonitis in my left wrist (near the thumb), and although I’m right-handed, my left hand/wrist began feeling sore, so I had to pause for another day. I made an appointment with an orthopedist for next week to treat my wrist again. I had it treated back in July, and I lived with no pain until a few weeks ago. I’m hoping that the soreness doesn’t get any worse in the next few days. Waiting for a referral is so unfortunate. Necessary, but unfortunate.

February 21, 2018: Compiling

When I truly have time to spend to catch up with work, and prepping, I take full advantage. I never know when I’ll have the opportunity again. Since my center is going for re-accredidation this year, I spent this moment gathering notes and materials for what I need. Since this is also a day for medical appointments, I made the necessary visits and refills.

Tonight I complete my first pillow for my future cozy corner in the classroom. I can’t wait to view the finished product and begin putting it together. Starting with little is a challenge, but it will make the end result fulfilling.

February 20, 2018: Challenges & Pathways

Today It’s back to managing work with the extra tasks that accompanies it. At our professional developmemt meeting yesterday, we were given the tools needed to create accredidation binders according to age group. At first glance it appears very daunting, and both my partner and myself hold reservations on being paired together. We both have a job to do, however, so hopefully this project can be completed as soon as possible.

One positive outcome out of this situation is that my crocheting creativity is ignited again. I need a new ‘cozy corner’ for my classroom, and while I have some materials for this area (blanket, basket for books), I need some pillows. So I’m making them. A productive use of my yarn stash! 😊

Our roads in life sometimes have new challenges appear in our journey. We just need to figure out how to navigate through them in order to keep moving.