Crocheting to Keep Sharp

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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