My post How to Donate More Than You Can Afford got me thinking about how much I enjoy crocheting and how warm and snugly crocheted afghans are.
Once you understand the basic stitches and how they go together to form different shapes, you can create a variety of warm, handmade treasures for you and your family to use and enjoy! Even if you know 1 basic stitch and only have 1 color of yarn, if it keeps you warm and happy, it’s worth it!
My biggest concern is usability and warmth, but I really have fun the colors and patterns.
Everyone in my family has a handmade afghan from me and I have several that we use in the house.
I even have a couple full side bed afghans that keep us toasty warm on cold winter nights. They are very heavy too, so you feel like you’re swaddled underneath them.
Recently, I crocheted a yoga mat for myself. It’s nice and cushy thick, and is a very comfortable mat that I use every evening, plus I thoroughly enjoyed making it.
Crocheted afghans are very time consuming, so you’re looking at the cost of yarn (look for yarn at thrift stores to cut the cost), plus many hours of your time. If it’s something you enjoy doing, then it’s a pleasurable pastime that rewards you with a usable afghan that will last for years!
Knowing how to crochet is one of those skills that is useful in a frugal homesteading and self sufficient setting. Remember that any skill learned is an asset to your lifestyle. No one can take that away!
I am not going to go into how to crochet because there are many get tutorials on the internet and I’m left handed, so it would all be backwards anyway! 😉 But, here is a good tutorial on how to crochet.
I hope I have convinced you to learn to crochet and if you already know how to, I hope you take out the yarn and start on a new project. I recently took out a couple of our crocheted afghans and put them on the couch. Now, every evening we sit all snuggled up together watching some TV and talking. Very cozy!!