I know, it’s been a while since my last post. Where have I been? Can I use the excuse of saying it’s due to COVID-19? Not really. Thankfully, my absence was not due to being out of work, sickness or a lack of things to write about. Since early March, we’ve all been in the constant ‘shift’ gear as we learn to adapt. Staying focused and not feeling overloaded is real work…even for the best of us. I’m determined to not bogged down by it all and instead focus on the little unexpected surprises that bring me joy.
After a very long hiatus, I’ve taken up crochet again. Nothing grand or elaborate, so I’m starting with smallish projects. At the end of a day filled with hours of sitting in front of a computer screen I find it relaxing to be doing something creative with my hands. Completing a small flower motif or rows on a scarf brings such a wonderful sense of satisfaction. There’s no deadline, or sense of urgency, the project will be completed when it’s finished. It’s about enjoying the process.
My newish hobby requires hooks in various sizes, and the model that feels good in my hands happens to be the Knit Pro Waves I bought my two summers ago at Hoop Haberdashery while vacationing in England. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s not available in the US. So, like many of us, I went shopping online in early March. Everyone it seemed, is crocheting right now, which made the hunt a bit more challenging! Apparently, I’m not the only one who has discovered solace in handwork. I finally found a vendor in Israel who offered the multi-size pack of hooks I wanted. ‘Add to cart’ and life continued. Focus on my book promotion and my upcoming guest appearance on TheQuiltShow.com was in full swing. Life was really busy.
Weeks went by. I checked the mail. No package. I wrote to the vendor, who very nicely said it had arrived in the US on June 10. Two months went by. Nothing. By the beginning of August, I was convinced the package had fallen off a mail truck into a ditch somewhere, and began looking for another vendor. The day I was ready to ‘add to car’, lo and behold, the mailman stuck a small, rather disheveled bundle into my mailbox…it was the package from Israel!!! You’d have thought it was Christmas. I was over the moon. I know, it was just a silly collection of crochet hooks. But it was thrilling, and absolutely made my day.
It’s during these chaotic and stressful days that little moments like these that lift my spirits and keep me going. Till next time...I'm off to do a bit of crocheting.