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Happy hobbies during a quarantine make all the difference for me. I have been fortunate to continue my career working from home for my regular full-time position and my crafting hobby along side it. I have found that having a hobby has been more anxiety relieving now than it has ever in the past. Let me share with you how Knitting and Crocheting have helped me during these difficult times.

Large Reusable Market Bag

I do have an Etsy shop where I list almost everything I have made for sale. If you are interested in checking it out, go to my social links menu to click to it or click here -> https://etsy.com/shop/MrsVogels to visit it too.

When I am crocheting something simple like the market bag, it is such a simple stitch that I get lost in the motion and its relaxing tempo. Chain 2, double crochet into 3rd stitch, repeat until the end of the row and so on and so on. The “mindless” crafting places a brief hold on anything complicated outside of my field of vision and touch that I truly am relaxed and comfortable. Until of course I split the yarn and lose the beat for only a moment.

When I am creating more complicated things like this baby blanket where I am carrying three colors of yarn there is a little more involvement and thought that goes into the craft. Like which yarn carries over the the top of another and do I crochet the carried yarn in or allow it to hang back so that I may weave in the ends later in post work. And more importantly, did I switch colors at the right stitch and place.

Posting a section here as the finished project has not been delivered yet.

I have grown to love crocheting more than knitting at this time in my life but I will return to knitting too, it’s in my title and all anyways. But knitting has the same great benefits of crocheting, you just carry all your work at once so there is a weight factor for larger projects.

I can say that one of my reasons I love crocheting more right now is because of the AMAZING deal I found on Clover comfort crochet hooks that are normally $75 online and in store and I was able to snag a set on Amazon for $35! Yes, it was totally worth the wait too as it was the real deal.

But other than good deals, shopping for supplies, the craft itself is what matters. When you make something with your own hands there is a sense of pride into what you make. I am happy in knowing that I made something. I made something with a skill and trade that has been in use for centuries. My skills grow every day that I use them. My projects get better each time that I try them. My for sale items show quality even now when I can make them for quantity too.

There is one drawback to comes to my immediate attention. Time. If you are not a fast crafter or if you do not have patience for a in depth or larger project, it makes it more difficult to maintain focus on finishing what you started.

Take for example the Latch-Hook Anchor above. Believe it or not I started this project when I was only 3 month’s pregnant with my first son. Leander is now 3.5 years old. I only finished it this last January, 2020. The finished project is maybe 1.5 feet square. I finished 90% of it within less than a month than what took me 3 years to do the first 10%!

So if you want to get into any type of crafting keep aware of the time requirement projects have. I can make one of the Airpods cases listed in my Etsy shop in less than 20 minutes. It takes me the better part of a day to make a market bag if I am mostly uninterrupted. And I can make a blanket in about a month if I make enough time to get it done. Now my particular case is that I do all these projects simultaneously… I hate being tied to just one project after all. I love my WIPS! (Works in Progress)

I encourage anyone and everyone to find a healthy hobby to help make the best of what we have at any time. Check out my social media pages for inspiration or something to try I prepared custom.