Tiny Hook Tales

After a few weeks of school hols and family from overseas visiting, I’m now able to return to my daily hooking habit. Hurrah! 

In the aftermath of this unintentional hiatus I find I’ve lost all momentum on my afghan blocks, which is a bit sad – but as I’m now over two years into that project I don’t suppose another few months makes any difference! Instead, this week I’m having another go at amigurumi. Behold, the body of Santa – and one arm โ˜บ


Lord, but it’s fiddly! And not relaxing in the least. I am not a friend of the 2.5mm hook – even if it is one of my beloved Clover Amours! I’m using DMC Natura Just Cotton, which I was very excited to obtain but it’s driving me batty splitting into 8 strands all the time, a bit of a horror with a 2.5mm. 

There are of course much smaller hooks to be had, but this is definitely tiny to me, and I for one couldn’t go any smaller. I’ve been trying to practice by using the same hook and yarn to make a simple mandala coaster (using Marinke Slump’s Picot-Edge Mandala pattern) but while I love the way it’s working up, I’m just not feeling the 2.5mm. I like to relax with my crochet, not fight with it!


This will definitely be my last 2.5mm piece. I may try a 4mm / dk fairy. But then again, I may not – to be honest I rather feel the call of another relaxing and satisfying Willow project โ˜บ 

Do you like amigurumi? Did you struggle at first but then fell in love? 

Until next time,

Happy hooking!

Pam

Books & Blocks

September turned into a sprint with lots of mum stuff going on and suddenly in the blink of an eye it’s October! I’m all for the slow life but there are limits to how slow one can in reality go with two boisterous little girls and a husband that works long hours – especially in the school holidays! It would be so nice to lie on the veranda appreciating the birdsong all day every day but people will need clean knickers and feeding (three times daily no less, how very dare they?! ๐Ÿ˜)

Not of course that I’m complaining – as they say, no mess would mean no precious family, always worth reminding oneself of that, particularly in my darker moments haha – but I am always mindful of monitoring my mental health and ‘self care’ needs. It’s very easy for me to allow things to get frantic in my head, fuel with coffee and neglect to eat well enough – which is of course a recipe for burnout. 

While keeping an eye on these things, in the spirit of ‘slow’ I also stopped creating crochet deadlines for myself and only hooked when the mood took me, otherwise reading fiction in my down times – a great way to calm my often anxious brain. Crochet has its (vital!) place in my mental health toolkit, but I am prone to ruminating and catastrophising and sometimes recently I’ve needed a bigger distraction than the block patterns I’ve been working on, relatively complex though some of them are. 

I’ve devoured several novels in recent weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed them:

The Captain’s Daughter by Leah Flemming

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A Pure Clear Light by Madeleine St John

I’m currently reading Freya by Anthony Quinn and loving it. I’ve been reading mainly non-fiction for ages and am truly delighting in getting back into fiction. Always interested in discovering new fiction authors – who are your favourites??

I guess it’s a measure of my usual hooky ‘output’ that although I’ve been crocheting a lot less, I’ve still done a lot more than I thought – 10 x 8.5 inch blocks! Here are 9 of them (you can find links to all the patterns in this blanket cal here)

Wishing happy hooking – and reading – to all ๐Ÿ˜Š Here’s to a fabulous month ahead!

Pam x