With experience, the physical act of making crochet fabric becomes automatic. At that point, the smooth, repetitive and intellectually non-challenging motions free up our higher brain functions to take in and process information and all manner of other stimuli. In other words, while our hands are very busy with crochet, our minds may be engaged with other things. I might be tempted to say crochet makes you smarter. Certainly the possibility of layering pleasure upon pleasure makes the craft even more fun.
Crochet can be successfully and happily executed while watching TV, listening to music, participating in lively conversation. One caveat, though. Try not to have an argument while crocheting. I find that it makes me lose count.
You can most assuredly eat and crochet. Do it all the time. Crocheters who protest that they don’t are lying. Hey, when a project is underway and the deadline looms large, you might not want to stop for a meal. Clearly this joint activity has pitfalls. You have to be a tidy eater and have lots of wipes, because you may not want to stop to wash up, either. Snack foods are naturals with crochet, particularly if you choose finger foods that are neatly bite-sized, drip-less and don’t melt too quickly at body temperature, so you can avoid messing up your work. Say NO to pizza. I have knowledge of crocheters who use chopsticks to pick up and eat cheese curls so as to avoid the embarrassment of cheesy stains. My crochet food of choice is toaster pastries, you know the brand. I can’t believe I am admitting this.
Not surprisingly, the association of yarn and dessert goes way deeper. Notice how we use the same terms to describe them both. Yummy. Luscious. Sinful. Creamy. To die for. If given a choice between yarn or chocolate cake, I’d do the unthinkable. I’d actually have to stop crocheting and enjoy the cake without regret.
Drinking and crocheting. That’s a whole other discussion. Let’s just say that it depends on the libation, your tolerance for alcohol, fuzzy thinking and the resulting crooked rows.
Granted, there are activities you should NOT attempt while crocheting. I can’t read a novel and crochet at the same time. Somehow I can crochet and read crochet instructions at the same time, but that’s something completely different. Obviously you really should not drive and crochet, or do your taxes and crochet. I can bake and crochet, because there are moments of down-time with baking, like the few minutes waiting for a batch of cookies to come out of the oven. But for the most part you should not cook and crochet. What if you splash red gravy on your cashmere yarn? What if a loose end hits the burner and catches fire? EEEEEK!
One can, if one desires, perform any number of smooth, repetitive, intellectually non-challenging tasks with the parts of the anatomy not involved in crocheting. I only mention this because my friend, Marty Miller, past president of the Crochet Guild of America, educator, designer, crochet technical editor, group exercise instructor and personal trainer, routinely crochets during her workouts on a recumbent bike. I consider this sheer lunacy. However it also bears mentioning that Marty is enviably fit, otherwise healthy and thin as a rail.
Marty has just gathered some of her favorite designs that reflect her on-the-go attitude. Her new book, Totes For All Reasons (Leisure Arts) showcases her versatile bag and tote designs, all featuring straps that can be hung on your bike handles to hold your work in progress, making it easier to crochet while stationary pedaling. Nifty!
The written instructions are crystal clear (Marty wouldn’t have it any other way) and all patterns but one are rated easy. Totes For All Reasons includes seven designs in different shapes and stitches that fill all your carrying needs. So even if your butt will never in your life touch the seat of a recumbent bike, you’ll want to check out this useful collection. And follow along with Marty’s book tour, next stop 3 September at Vashti Braha’s blog. Here’s the complete schedule for the week: