If you know me personally, this probably is no secret, but I don't think I've really mentioned this hobby on my blog, so what better time than now?
You may have noticed things on my blog were pretty quiet over the past couple of months. Usually I spend my free time away from work blogging, but this time I was working on a special project. This special project was a Christmas present for my mom. And, earlier this year, I completed another special project for my friend & her husband for their wedding present. Any idea as to what I made?
Ok, I'll tell you. My "secret" hobby is crocheting and my special "projects" were handmade blankets! My mom taught me how to crochet back when I was about seventeen, and while my first scarves weren't very pretty, I kept trying at it and quite enjoyed it! It feels pretty gratifying finishing a crocheted piece and knowing you did it yourself. While I'm not even close to being a pro (I only know how to make scarves and blankets), it's something I really enjoy doing, especially when I am making something for someone else.
I made my first large blanket about a year and a half ago, and I remembered my friend making a comment that she liked it. So when she got engaged a few months later, I knew exactly what I was going to give her for her wedding present and I got started immediately! That blanket took me about six months to make, but I was only crocheting on the weekends. It was funny because we would chat during the week and she would ask me what I did over the weekend, but I could never tell her what I really did because I wanted it to be a surprise!
My mom saw the blanket I had made for my friend and I think she was amazed at how far my crocheting skills had come over the years (although when it comes to the skill department, her crocheting skills far outpass mine...I mean did you see this blanket she made me for my birthday a couple of years ago?!)
I told her I would make her one for Christmas, but then I never mentioned it again. I purposely did that in hopes that she would forget I offered, and be really surprised when she received a handmade blanket on Christmas morning.
Well, I didn't leave myself much time. I arrived back in Argentina after my vacation in the US around the end of September and started the blanket in October, which left me with about 2.5 months to crochet a huge blanket. Whether it seemed impossible to finish in that short timespan or not, when I decide that I'm going to do something, I do it.
So, I crocheted in the morning, I crocheted in the evening, I crocheted on weekends...... I basically crocheted every moment I was awake and not at work (As Tomas is my witness, this is not an exaggeration). Much to my surprise, I finished with about two weeks to spare! I couldn't believe I did it. A personal record!
What I love about using this special skill to make gifts for others is the look on their faces when they receive a handmade gift. That's what makes me really happy.
Another thing worth noting is that Argentina has an incredible selection of natural yarns. They are so soft, and dyed beautifully. I always have such a hard time choosing colors! The fact that there are SO many nice yarns to choose from makes me want to do more and more projects so that I can use them all!
(Thanks to Carolyn for the photos!)