The past few days, I decided to stay indoors, resting and taking care of little things that have fallen by the wayside. There were some not-so-fun tasks I had to get out of the way, but once I was done with them, I could concentrate on trying to remember how to crochet.
I don't think I've even touched a skein of yarn since September, so I expected to be quite hopeless and have to go to Craftsy for instruction. But it turns out that I do remember how to do single crochet and once I'd started doing it, I didn't want to stop. The result is my first completed project. I just finished it about fifteen minutes before sitting down to write this. It is a long, thick and rather wide scarf with short fringe at the end (I've never added fringe before, but it's quite simple), all made out of a roving yarn. I did, at one point, have to run out to Michael's to buy an extra skein of the yarn I was using, but otherwise I was happily hooking away while watching TV or sitting at the dining table while my friends got work and homework done on their computers.
It was wonderful to finally finish something crafty. I have so many almost-finished scarves and other projects at home, it has become a bit depressing. Of course, you get out of the habit and forget about crafting because you're busy, then you think it will take too much time to restart (assuming there will also be some relearning), so you just. don't. do it. And you know it's a mistake because there are so many simple things you could do. Things that wouldn't even take that long and would leave you with a sense of satisfaction. There is also (at least for my personality type) the nagging in the back of the mind that every project needs to be perfect, which is ridiculous, especially when you're a beginner.
That was the good news. Here's the bad: I am going home with a new craft. Because I am just like my mother. While at Michael's, I noticed a sale on rubber stamps. I thought to myself that I liked the look of them, but not so crazy about using stamp pads. Seems a bit boring. Then I saw them...just hanging there...making me regret having walked down that aisle. Markers made specifically for inking stamps. I knew they existed, but actually seeing them...I just had to buy them. It's not that they were expensive, but I'd really been trying to be good. To not to pick up another craft which I might then neglect. My god, I can't even blame Pinterest for this one.