As I've been convalescing I've not been able to blog or do anything else much - well, apart from learn to CROCHET!!!!
Thanks to Kittyboo over at the lovely Little Slice of Life blog for the inspiration and the 'Learn Crochet' booklet! I think I prefer the action of crochet to knitting, my hands hurt less. It might be because it's all new though. We'll see. I'm crocheting a scarf at the moment and I'm loving it. I'm not sure the edges are as they should be but it's an experimental 'learning' scarf so that doesn't matter too much!
I'm so excited about the fact that you can have a twig with a hook on it, tie a slip knot on to it and then through a series of wrapping yarn round the twig and pulling it through the slip knot you can make really useful stuff! It's amazing! I'm going to whittle me some crochet hooks!!
I've also been really enjoying reading lots of blogs. Today I read a post by Rhonda Jean over at the Down to Earth blog. I'd commented on her blog a little while ago about how my generation was brought up to see housework and child rearing as a lower class of work, almost demeaning. I was taught through the media and society that being successful in business was far more important than child rearing. I now crave the skills that were never nurtured in me. Homemaking skills. Basic, day to day running of a home and the simplicity and beauty in it.
It might sound silly to most of you, but to me housework is a chore and it takes a lot for me to 'get round' to doing it. Everything, anything, else is way more important and certainly more interesting.
However, I know deep down that the well-being of the people in my home is partially eased by being in a space that's been lovingly made warm, safe, clean and welcoming.
I've been working hard for years now to improve how I feel about homemaking and I really think I'm getting somewhere. I know what's right, it's just tough to change the decades of brain washing! All of the women and men on the Creative Living forum are an inspiration as are the blogs I visit. Thank you!