My mom told me that my dad really wanted me to make him a lap blanket for Christmas. I agreed, because my dad is notoriously hard to shop for besides basic things like Dunkin gift cards (my go-to gift for him) and now, the occasional book as he’s finally picked up reading as a hobby in his fifties.
Of course, I knew my mom had a hand in this, too, because when I asked what colors I should make it in she told me maroon and beige, to coordinate with her country kitsch living room.
I went ahead and got the colors anyway, and then decided to finally teach myself how to make a granny square. I’ve been “crocheting” for four or five years now, but I really only know one stitch and can really only make blankets of alternating rows of color with that single stitch.
At least, that’s what I always told myself.
Turns out I can do a lot more with a little bit of determination and patience.
It took about an hour and two or three different YouTube videos, but eventually I got it all figured out and now have the beginnings of a very fine (if not finely colored) granny square blanket.
The stitching is much easier than I thought it would be, and after that relatively short hour of trial and error, I have a new skill.
Little things, Cheney. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s the little things that matter the most, and it’s perfectly okay to take a little pride in teaching yourself something simple that benefits you, and others!
It’s just that for a long time, and especially lately, I have felt like I don’t have much to be proud of in my life.
I am, you could say, going through a hard time.
I’m trying to figure things out, and doing little things that make me happy and feel better are definitely an important and helpful thing to try.