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What’s in a Hook?

My First Crochet Hook | Color Me Reckless

This is my very first crochet hook.  It’s old – so old I can’t find anything like it in the stores.  It’s a Susan Bates 3.75mm hook, made from a solid steel (or what feels like a more solid steel than my new hooks). It’s been passed down to me from my grandmother (I would swear to you it was my grandmother. My mother swears it was my great-grandmother. She’s probably right, but my memory is somehow connected with my grandmother).

I love this hook. I love the way it feels in my hand. I love the lightness of it.  I love the sharpness on the point of the hook which makes it easy to do intricate work.

I love that this hook has been passed down from one crocheter to another.  I love that when I use it, I’m adding to its repertoire of amazing projects. Maybe with each project or blanket I use it to complete, I strengthen a tie between me and generations of my family.

What's in a Hook? | Color Me Reckless

It’s not just my grandmother (or great-grandmother) who I feel tied to.  On my mother’s side, there are generations of crocheters too. Every time I pick up this hook, I’m reminded of that fact. My family has always been spread out all over the place, hours away from me.  It’s hard to feel connected to people so far away. But this connects us.  The same need to create with my hands, to pick up a hook and bring something to life, flowed through them too.

But it’s not just about how this all connects us. This hook also reminds me of my first projects.  It’s how I started, making one long chain after another.  I made my first blanket with it back in college.  Not only does this hook hold the memories of my grandmother’s past projects, now it holds mine too.

I love this hook.

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Catching Up

View from my Porch - Color Me Reckless

This week has been one of catching up. Catching up on watching video lectures, catching up on my daily blanket, and catching up on being creative.

But it finally feels like I’m getting somewhere – like I’m getting back to the parts of being creative and learning that I enjoy.

I had a dentist appointment on Wednesday, and I forgot to take my book with me for the waiting room.  But I had my sketchbook, so I took it out and started sketching. And not just rough sketching out shapes and sizes, but adding in the shading, trying to work out color patterns in black and white. And I loved it! I felt so inspired by it – I hadn’t realized how long it’s been since I did sketching like that.

And that simple sketching for 15 min in the dentist’s office made me so excited to come home and work out things ‘in real life.’ I started working up these new potholders, using the corner to corner method I love so much.

Corner to Corner Potholder - Color Me Reckless

It feels like a new start! I don’t feel like I can only make these items I’m going to sell, and I don’t feel limited at all. And I love this process.

Also – I finally finished up my placemats! I’m so proud of these – I even made the label all by myself with no help from Photoshop Wizard Husband.

Placemat Set of 2 - Color Me Reckless