It's also been a while, blogland...
I've been very lax with this blog. I have a thousands reasons why, and a thousand reasons why not. I've also been in a very weird headspace. When the awesome folks over at Your Family Magazine did a crafting article and named my blog as a reference (June issue, I think?), I was superbly happy. I thought to myself that they still think of me (read here about the interview last year) after all this time and that I should really give more attention to this blog. But life happens. We get busy, we get distracted and before you know it, a couple of weeks have gone by.
It's been a highly emotive year, here in Gauteng. Getting over the culture shock was one thing (one would think that moving around in the same country would be easy, but let me tell you, people and lifestyles differ widely from one province to the next), but the amount of sadness and trauma that's been happening has just been incredible. We buried a baby, two people close to us as a family became victims of rape, a man was shot in our street, our children don't have the same sense of security and safety they enjoyed in the Cape, our house is different, we're battling to make real friends, we miss our old friends, etc, etc.
But it's not all bad. It's just getting my mind wrapped around how different our lives are now that we're here. I love the climate. I love the routine I've settled into. My girls have finally made really, really cool friends. My husband is very happy at work. And I opened a little crochet school.
The crochet school has been a salvation of sorts in a lot of ways. A couple of times a week I get to interact with really special ladies. And it's been an incredible feeling of achievement to see how some of them who has never, ever even held a crochet hook, become skilled and hooked (pun totally intended!).
I love to see how they become intrigued and skilled in crochet. How they start to realise the true value of excellent yarn. How they explore their creativity. It's just really, really special to watch.
The biggest bonus is of course, that several times per week I get to interact with like-minded individuals. I sometimes think that I actually get more out of the classes than the girls!
I've been teaching them how to do basic blocks (we're making a blanket), and we're doing a variety of smaller projects like headbands, hearts, flowers, coasters, etc. It is so, so rewarding to see each person learn a new skill each week, and how they run with it and try new patterns at home. To see someone look at a pattern for the first time, and it's all gibberish, to a couple of weeks later and it makes sense, is something else. It feels as if I'm truly doing my bit to ensure that crochet lives on and becomes a part of someone else's life.
|At work in my kitchen|
|Some of the projects we do|
|Christina's heirloom doilies|
The above was brought over by Christina. Aren't they absolutely exquisite? Some of these doilies are the finest, most detailed work I've ever seen. When looking at this, she mentioned that she finally understand why I always say they must use the best yarn they can possibly afford. The crochet we do today will probably be admired by someone else years from now and cheap acrylics will certainly not stand the test of time.
I've been doing a lot of crocheting myself. A lot of work was done for the Saprotex Summer Collection, and I'll show you once the patterns are published. I'm halfway done with a top from Simply Crochet mag, one that I've wanted to do for a long, long time. The great patchwork blanket still needs one more border row and then that's done too. And I still need to finish my own blanket for crochet classes.
So blogland, see you later, I have some hooking to do!