A couple of Christmases ago, my sister-in-law gave me one of the most thoughtful and useful gifts I have ever received: an ergonomic crochet set. I had learned how to knit while an undergraduate — to give my hands something to do during study breaks when I watched M*A*S*H and Star Trek and movies — but when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few years later, I had to stop knitting. I had heard that arthritic-friendly crochet hooks existed and wanted to give them a try. I missed doing something with my hands.
It’s taken me over a year to finally sit down and learn how to crochet, and I have resumed knitting in the meantime (albeit very, very slowly), but I have learned. And I have made things! Many thanks to Faith for teaching me how to chain, single and double crochet, and make circles.
And so this week has been the week of finishing things: I finished the scarf I started a few months ago, I’ve crocheted two hot pads, and, after a year and a half, finished my first PhD moleskine.
As my friend Sarah has pointed out, when one is a PhD student, working on a thesis/book that takes years to complete, finishing something becomes a big deal. So look! I made a circle, a square, a scarf, and filled up a moleskine with various thoughts and notes for my thesis. It even has a Table of Contents/Index at the back.
I have since bought and begun writing in a new moleskine, and I have just finished putting a new knitting project on a set of 5.5mm, 80cm needles. I will need to knit a little faster than usual if I want to finish it in time to welcome a new Williams to the world.
Since things are always ending and beginning, here’s also a gratuitously adorable picture of a duckling pile: