I started crocheting when I was pregnant with Sienna. I saw another blogger mention that they really enjoyed doing it, and I thought I’d give it a go, never really thinking I’d keep it up. But it really helped me through my pregnancy. I picked up every bug going when I was pregnant, and crochet gave me something to do without having to be up and about (I’m terrible at sitting still!).
I learnt through YouTube, started buying crochet magazines, and really got in to making different things. I made scarves, hats, cushion covers, baby blankets, baby booties, baby hats, bunting, toddler boy’s cardigans, toddler girl’s cardigans, Spring wreaths, and essentially created something crochet for every family birthday and new arrivals of friends! Here’s a little sneak at some of the stuff I’ve made:
When Sienna arrived, I didn’t get anywhere near as much chance. She was a needy baby (still is really, a year down the line!!), and I had my hands full with her, and if not her then Ella. The evenings of those first months were spent settling her. I still wanted to make presents, especially for those who hadn’t yet had one from me. But it was getting a bit stressful, hitting deadlines of birthdays and births.
And so, I stopped. I stopped crocheting. And I really missed it. It’s been a real calming influence in my life over the past year and a half, and I didn’t want it to become a hobby I’d given up. I decided to stop with the present making, and start just doing it. Just crocheting for the sake of it. I found a pattern for a large round blanket, thought it looked really challenging, and decided to take on the challenge. I started the blanket in November last year and, this week, I finished it!!!
I’m really glad I decided to just make for the sake of it. And the outcome is a really lovely big blanket! I know I’ve gone wrong somewhere along the line as it doesn’t lie flat. But I’m not lying it flat, I’m snuggling under it, so it doesn’t really matter (though it has made it difficult to get a good picture of it!)! The colours in it are gorgeous, and I’m now using up the left over yarn to make a blanket for Ella and Sienna to share. I think I will carry on with my blanket making, and build up a big box of blankets. Then I can still give these away as a present, if I feel like it. Or just keep them all for us! You can never have too many blankets right?!
I’ve been getting headaches lately. They started a couple of weeks ago, and I originally thought they were hormonal, but they’re not really going away. I think actually, they are probably stress/exhaustion headaches. I’m working a lot more than I usually do, mainly from home working really hard to build the business back up after maternity leave. I’m often working during the days I have both girls, trying to squeeze in a bit when I can. Sienna’s sleep has gone backwards a bit. She seems to think the middle of the night is time to get up, and she’s gone back to being difficult to settle at night. Ella has stopped wearing pull ups at night, so that’s lead to a few inevitable accidents, though all in all she’s doing great! Sean’s working longer hours, and Saturdays, so he’s more exhausted, and I’m going it alone 6 days a week. We’ve had Sienna’s first birthday too. So, I think it’s all just catching up.
Yesterday, I actually ordered myself to a day in bed. I woke up (at 4.30am thanks to my littlest beauty!) feeling rotten. Sore throat, shivery, achy all over. So, I did something I rarely do when the girls are at nursery. Especially when my to-do list feels so long. I went back to bed, and pretty much slept all day. And man did I need it!! I think I might need a week of sleep, but I feel better to have had one day.
And this is where crochet is so important to me. It’s so much more calming in the evening to sit crocheting than to do the social media rounds on my phone (is anyone else rubbish at just sitting and watching telly without doing something at the same time?!). It’s kind of like my meditation, only with crap TV on in the background. I’m so happy I ‘discovered’ crochet and that my blanket collection is going to grow and grow!!!