Crochet Self-Care and Childhood Dreams Realized
I think I’ve spent the last 25, almost 26, years wondering what color my mermaid tail would be if I was a mermaid. Sure, I love blue, but is that my tail color? Is it a light blue? A navy blue? Blue-green? Green-blue? While this hasn’t managed to keep me up at night (too often, anyway) it is something I have probably put more thought into than an adult woman should. It’s for that reason that this last weekend was consumed by the self-care activity of making myself a mermaid tail. Blue. It’s a rich blue with green undertones. And it’s perfect.
Sure, this is a pretty specific self-care topic, but really it applies to crochet or knitting in general. Maybe a mermaid tail isn’t up your alley, and maybe we weren’t meant to be friends, but maybe you like to knit or crochet or want to like / try it, and this truly applies to you as well. I was introduced to this video a few weeks ago by a coworker who was making a tail for her 5-year-old niece’s birthday. It’s a very comprehensive tutorial and is a wonderful guide for first-time tail makers! For someone like me, who has not graduated past single stitch, I found this to be a very simple tutorial to follow along with, and learned a lot! I absolutely made mistakes.
A lot of them; I picked up stitches, I dropped stitches, and knotted my yarn. But I absolutely love how this tail turned out and would recommend anyone give this tutorial a try if they even just have the very basics down.
While I recognize that a mermaid tail is not self-care for everyone (I don’t understand it, but I recognize it), this still applies to the realm of self-care for a few simple reasons. First, if this is something you’re a beginner at, it takes focus.
It takes mindfulness, being aware of your stitches, and not just that! It’s about being aware of the yarn, notice how it feels, observing the color changes in the thread and just how soft it feels sliding between your fingers. While you’re in this mode it’s difficult to be outside of the moment, leading to a very mindful experience. Second, when you dive into your rhythm, it’s almost hypnotic, it’s very meditative and in that way it becomes another act of mindfulness. Stepping away from the mindfulness vibe for a bit, it’s FUN. Taking care of ourselves can and SHOULD be fun!!!
My experience with this self care project was this: I cannot wait to make another. I learned so much doing this, and feel like I came out learning a lot about crocheting, and how to be more aware of my project and my hands. I’ve struggled to see the pattern in a lot of projects, but I felt like I was really able to connect with this project, sure my hands ached for about two days, and sure I bought 3 more bolts of yarn than I needed, but I love the end result, and I cozy up with it while I read every day.
While I’m no expert, I do think that passion may be the key to making this a self-care addition to my life, connecting personally with these projects. So my challenge to you, if you’re a needle / hook type of person whether it be beginner, intermediate, or expert, I would challenge you to pick a project that’s about you, and something you love, maybe is inspirational, or a challenge, or a tried and true pattern and pull out the old ball of yarn and make it happen. Try to embrace and appreciate the yarn, the colors, your amazing stitches and hard work, be kind to yourself, and appreciate your work even if it’s not without flaw.
Until next time, take care of yourselves!
Kat & Amelia