Just Like Riding a Bicycle

I’m a home body by preference. We’ve made some choices in the last few weeks that mean I will be spending more time out and about. William is trying out for baseball this weekend, which means practice days and game days will take me to town a few times a week. I am also taking a couple of classes a month at the Apple Store so that I can really learn how to use my laptop to its fullest potential.

Will at bat.

Baseball practices, waiting for games to begin, waiting room time during medical and orthodontic appointments, and waiting for my appointment times at the Apple Store all give me a bit of free time. It’s my practice to take a book or craft project along in these sorts of circumstances. A book or my Kindle. Knitting. An embroidery project. These are all great little take alongs to help the time spent waiting pass more quickly and profitably.

Bernina Satin Yarn

A couple of weeks ago, the mailman brought me another call to be away from my home in the form of a jury summons for next week. Our county courthouse does not allow knitting needles or scissors (for embroidery, etc.) to be brought into the courthouse. Reading in the jury lounge is difficult due to TV sets loudly playing. As it turns out, this is a blessing in disguise.

One of my goals for this year is to learn to crochet again. I learned as a teen, and, apparently, taught Dani, once upon a time, but I’ve not crocheted for years. With several occasions for being out of my home on the horizon, and the necessity for a project that will occupy my time at the courthouse, it seemed like a good time to check “learn to crochet again” off my 2012 goals list.

crochet project yarns in basket

I found a pattern I liked on Pinterest, chose eight different colors (plus ecru) inΒ a nice, acrylic yarn,Β and gave it a shot. Dani was on hand to help me get started and answer my questions. I think I’m off to a good start. (note – I’ve since added a rich, deep purple to the seven colors shown above.)

Β African Flower Hexie Crochet

I guess once you’ve learned to crochet, you can always pick it back up again, just like riding a bicycle.

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17 comments to Just Like Riding a Bicycle

  • Such nice HAPPY colors you picked, Cheryl!!! I love it! For what it’s worth, I really did enjoy it when I did jury duty several years ago. I don’t know that I would be anxious to do it now, but it was very interesting at the time. πŸ™‚

    Praying you have an easy week of it,

    • I like the colors, too, Alesha. Pretty, almost jewel tones. I’ve never done jury duty, though I’m called annually. In the early years, I was always dismissed because I was a legal secretary and attorneys didn’t want anyone with any sort of legal background on their juries. Then, for years and years, I was excused from serving because of my having young children at home full time. The guys can certainly manage on their own now, at least for a week or so; but I know I will not be allowed on a criminal trial because my husband (and his dad) are both cops. We’ll see what happens.

  • Cheryl, just thought I would mention that you can use the sharp cutter on a package of dental floss in lue of scissors. Works great!

  • i took a crochet class and failed .. miserably.
    woo hooo to you for being successful! impressive
    and pretty – even though there’s purple in the mix.
    kidding..you know i’m kidding. kind of. β™₯

    • Ah, but sweet jAne, you have yet to meet my sweet four year old granddaughter. She will tell you, all in one breath, “It’s purple, I love purple, purple is my favorite” in such a way that purple would become your favorite, too. Okay, maybe not your favorite, but maybe it would be likable.

  • Corin

    I love that boy! The kids (and I) are super excited for him and want to be invited to at least one game!

    Perty perty colors! You taught me to crochet once upon a time too, but it went over about as well as sewing. πŸ˜‰

    • Invited to at least one game? Are you kidding me?!?!! I’ll shoot you off a copy of his game schedule, as soon as we have it, and you can come to as many or as few as you’d like. Pretty sure they’ll all be Saturday games.

      I know you crochet. You made me a beautiful shawl! I think you should tackle sewing again.

  • The other day on the Christian radio I listen to they were talking about how many moms play games on their phones. They all mentioned doing so while they waited (as you had stated). But I find how you pass your time more to my liking. Reading a good book, crocheting, needle point, are all excellent things to do with your “waiting” time. I love the colors you picked out by the way!

    • An occasional game on the phone is okay, and I do it,too, but I’d much, much rather read (which I also can do with the Kindle app on my phone) or knit or crochet. Wasted time is okay in small doses, but it’s time we’ll never ever have again. I’d much rather use time to my advantage.

  • That is so funny, I’d already decided to take up crochet again (learning to knit as the year goes on) and I received an e-mail from a friend yesterday who usually knits but she has decided to do a crochet project. Now, YOU… I think it is a sign. πŸ™‚

    I got a lot of books read when Christopher was fencing and taking tennis lessons (both had quiet areas to read). I used to tell people that for a couple of years, I homeschooled by waiting. This was also when he started taking a class or two at the community college before he started driving.

    • Good for you! Learning to crochet again has been fairly quick, though I’m using a very, very basic pattern based on the old-fashioned granny square. I think I prefer knitting, but crochet is certainly faster. I like your term “homeschooled by waiting”. A great deal of my reading every year happens in just such “waiting” times.

  • Gretchen

    I LOVE crocheting πŸ™‚ Everyone got hats this year for Christmas & I have started on throws for next year. I find it so relaxing! Love all the colors, I’m in need of a yarn refill, lol.

  • I tend to do better with knitting…all the stitches are on the needle and you know pretty quickly when you drop a stitch. But when I crochet….I started a rectangular dish cloth over Christmas and after about 15 rows held it up and it was becoming a triangular shape. That always happens to my crochet projects. πŸ™‚

    Are you going to make an afghan with those pretty flowers?

  • Hi Cheryl,
    I love all the pretty color. Happy colors. I too am a homebody. I enjoy going out to gather then when I am done I am ready to head home. πŸ™‚

  • I almost always have a to-do bag in my purse (I’m very afraid of getting bored πŸ™‚ Usually it’s hand-piecing for a quilt, but I have recently taken up crochet as well, although I have yet to attempt something as complicated as the pattern you are doing. Enjoy your waiting — sometimes I actually look forward to being in the car by myself just so I can work on my projects!