Crocheting to Keep Sharp

March 3, 2020

It’s no secret that I like to do whatever I can to stay in shape.  I eat properly about 90% of the time.  I exercise 4-5 times per week, either strength training or long-distance running, and I drink plenty of water and get enough rest.  As I get older, I can appreciate the need to not only stay physically fit but to keep my mind fit as well.  To that end, I have always been an avid reader, I play word games like scrabble and I crochet.  The hand-eye coordination that is required for crochet, reading a pattern and keeping track of stitch counts help to keep my mind sharp.


I started crocheting in college and back then the only thing I made was scarves.  Scarves are easy and quick so that became my specialty.  I stopped crocheting for years up until recently when I decided that I wanted to do some volunteer work.  The question for me became, how can I volunteer and not leave my house?  That’s when I discovered the Hats for the Homeless project which became my annual fall service project. 


I was content with the crochet project every fall but since I was only crocheting during the fall, I essentially had to re-learn how to make a hat every year.  Then something happened … I fell in love with the art of crochet.  I enjoy finding new patterns and challenging myself to make different things other than the simple beanies that I was donating each year.


I’m not an expert but I’m happy to say that I am no longer a beginner.  I get excited when I think about the next project and if there isn’t a “next” project than I sit and make another hat.  Crocheting is the best when it comes to keeping my mind and hands occupied – at least for me.  I have graduated from making simple beanies and scarves to making three different types of hats, baby blankets, afghans, and slippers.  I have tried twice to make a sweater, but the results were not what I had hoped. 


Here is the latest project that I plan to tackle:



This duster is beautiful, and I am confident that I can make it -- if I am patient and accept that every project cannot be finished in a day!  


I purchased the pattern here:   and I plan to follow the steps in her YouTube video as well. 


I like this duster because it’s all in one piece and I don’t have to attach the sleeves separately – that was my issue when I tried to make sweaters in the past.   For anyone that wants to learn to crochet, I think watching YouTube videos is the easiest way to go because you can learn at your own pace.


Crocheting is my new obsession.  Maybe not an obsession but I do get excited when I buy new yarn and crochet hooks.  In fact, I purchased yarn online yesterday for the duster.  It was the yarn that was recommended, and it wasn’t available at Michael’s.  It wasn’t expensive at $2.99 for a 50g ball and I needed 13 balls for the entire project.  Plus, I found a coupon code on the Retail Me Not app (if you don’t have this app, I suggest you download it now!) and saved an additional 20%! 


Maybe I am a little obsessed.  I can’t wait to share my progress.


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