I learned how to do a single crochet stitch as a kid and recently took it up again a few months ago.
Since then, I learned a few more stitches (double crochet, half-double crochet, slip stitch, magic circle) and figured out how to crochet in a round, so I bought some random bags of yarn at Goodwill and made a bunch of baskets.
I am going to sell them at a store in our town that sells handmade items by locals. It’s been a fun way to relax from the day job of writing, and the all-consuming job of being a mom to twins. If they sell, it will also bring in a little spending money.
All this crafting got me thinking of how 19th century women had very little time to themselves. From all my research for my books it seems that women had to focus on running their households from sunup to long past sundown. And if anything extra or fun got done, it was usually late into the night.
One of my favorite scenes in the TV show, Little House on the Prairie, was when Ma stays up all night to sew dresses for the girls, out of fabric she’d picked to make herself a new dress.
(quick sidenote: I have the boxed set of all the Little House books, and I’m not kidding when I say that I read the entire series at least 15 times as a kid, and 3 as an adult.)
I then wondered how old the art of crochet is, and where it began.
I found an interesting history of crochet (CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK) that pointed out how some feel the Irish potato famine is what brought the art of crochet to many American households.
The article linked above also gives a detailed history of how crochet patterns and styles have changed throughout history.
Another change is how we get our supplies. Instead of going to town, browsing a store or a book, we can simply go online and purchase everything we need. Even items from the past!
Check out this pattern for a crocheted hair net I found on Amazon (CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK)
I’d love to hear from you! Are you interested in crafting? Do you crochet or knit? Let’s chat in the comments.