Archive for June, 2008


A Penny's Worth of My Two Cents

Learning to crochet was not difficult for me…once I got over my fear of failure and realized that it was NOT rocket science. Although, I must admit, that my initial struggle with a crochet pattern prompted me to wish for some sort of Rosetta Stone to translate the gibberish. But, before long, it began to make sense. That which made no sense one day became a matter of course the next. I dare say that now there is nothing I will not tackle. I’m not saying that I enjoy every stitch in every pattern I crochet (I ABHOR hdc!!!!!!), but I’ve yet to find an instruction I could not follow.

Now, I am not a boastful person and my reflection here is not to inflate my worth on the planet. I simply want to illustrate that, against many odds, I learned to do something that I always believed was beyond my grasp. I have become proficient in a craft my mother was reluctant to share with me. I regret she did not live long enough to see my work. But, perhaps, it is just as well. She was a woman of her time when gender identities were strong and intransigent. Perhaps, it is just as well.

Because the vast majority of crocheters are women, most of the apparel patterns available are for women. Most designers and publishers cater to the obvious majority. Many of the new subscribers to the Men Who Crochet Yahoo group tell me, with their request to join the group, that they are looking for patterns for men or that they are interested in finding out what men want to crochet for themselves or others. Since some of our members are designers, I find this to be an encouraging sign of good things to come.

I belong to a number of crochet groups online. As a matter of habit, many of the listers start their posts with “hello ladies”, or some such salutation. I used to be offended and express my outrage at being overlooked and excluded. I would contend that it was not a major imposition to expect folks to think before they wrote in order to be inclusive. Well, I have given up that fight. I have been flamed into submission. I will rest, convinced that such things will never change as long as crochet is regarded as “women’s work”. I will instead concentrate my energies on enlisting more and more men to join us happy hookers. It is only when more men are visible and vocal that we will be regarded among the many. We don’t want to take over, y’all. We just want to be one of you.


Calling All Baby Boomers

Since  last I wrote, I have endured another birthday. Actually, I acknowledged the 37th anniversary of my 21st birthday (you can do the math!) In my mind I am still 35; my body says otherwise.  Oy, the aches and pains. Whoever said that grower older was a graceful process?  My body is conducting warfare on itself!

Oh well. I guess another birthday is a small price to pay considering the ultimate alternative. Now, where is my Geritol?

In belated celebration of the fateful (or, should I say birth) day, let me share with you a few chuckles which recently arrived in my inbox.

It’s been fun being a baby boomer… until now.  Some artists are revising their hits of the past with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers:

They include:

Herman’s Hermits — Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Walker

Ringo Starr — I Get By With a Little Help From Depends

The Bee Gees — How Can You Mend a Broken Hip?

Bobby Darin — Splish, Splash, I Was Havin’ a Flash

Roberta Flack — The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

Johnny Nash — I Can’t See Clearly Now!

Paul Simon — Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver

The Commodores — Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom

Marvin Gaye — Heard It Through the Grape Nuts

Procol Harem — A Whiter Shade of Hair

Leo Sayer — You Make Me Feel Like Napping

The Temptations — Papa’s Got a Kidney Stone

Abba — Denture Queen

Tony Orlando — Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall

Helen Reddy — I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore

Leslie Gore — It’s My Procedure, and I’ll Cry If I Want Too!

And my favorite:

Willie Nelson — On the Commode Again

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Oops. If you are as old as I, maybe I shouldn’t have said trip!

To keep this stitch related, I’m happy to share that I received, as a birthday gift, a set of Clover Soft Touch Hooks, C thru J (thanks, Anita). What a godsend for these arthritic fingers of mine.

Sweater update:  The sizing of the large sizes of the Basket Weave Pullover has become problematic, but I promise to have everything complete presently. My apologies to those of you who have pre-purchased the pattern. I’ll have it in your hands as soon as I can. Thanks for your patience.

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