Thursday, September 18, 2008

Carpool Crochet

Crocheted Items

Carpool crochet. That's what I call it. I was reminded of this when house on hill road mentioned her carpool busy work last month, and I got my yarn out when school and the yearly meetings and activities started up again.

Years ago, I started bringing crochet or embroidery with me everywhere. I think my kids' friends and their parents rolled their eyes when they saw me coming with my totebags of projects. However, it makes me nervous to just sit and wait with nothing to do wishing I could be shopping or thinking on all the work I had to do back at home. In the fall of 2002, I had CRAZY herniated discs in my lower back, and I literally laid down on the couch for three months. It's all a haze to me now. Due to the pain, all I could do was watch TV and crochet. I couldn't concentrate on reading, but I could crochet "upside down" with my hands above my head. I made lots of scarves, caps, and American Doll accessories while there. It put me on a roll, and pretty much every fall since then, I've run around with my yarn and projects in tow.

Thanks to poking around the lovely Etsy, I discovered these pretty fingerless mitten designs. I've never been attracted to these before, but I'm tired of scarves and hats (I have a bunch in the studio) and I needed a new carpool project to do. Until my 16-year-old starts to drive, I'm still waiting on her here and there. I made the pink striped set last week while she was at youth group, and I picked up this pretty Moda*Dea Visions last evening and made a set last night while waiting at youth group again. This yarn is LOVELY. It's a wool blend and so lush. I think they look knitted, actually. Next, I'm going to size up and make a pair for my husband. He can work outside for hours, even in the cold, and I think this style might work for him leaving his fingers free while doing small projects outdoors.

I've put the three above in my shop.


The Blonde Duck said...

That's so cute. I think it's a brilliant idea! Why sit there when you could do something productive?

Jen @ said...

That is genius! I usually bring a magazine or a book, but how much more productive to bring a project. Good for you!

em's scrapbag said...

Way to be productive! The corcheting looks fabulous.

Jody said...

Awesome job! I bet these will get a lot of use :)