Saturday, January 29, 2011

The personality of a crocheter

"I suspect that many people who continue to keep a crochet hook handy retain a pronounced ability to improvise; we think neither more nor less about what we're doing when we grab the hook and bit of string than we think about choosing to walk or skip or run. We bring a destination to mind and launch forth on a direct or a meandering path....In crochet, the basic component is tiny and yet self-sufficient: Each loop is complete at the same time....crochet plays a game whose rules and goal lines change with every movement: a game with no out-of-bounds, a game that perfectly balances control and freedom.

"Open a door, open a loop: Walk out to discover the wider world, raise a single, tiny, bent strand.

"What will come next?"--"One Loop at a Time," by Deborah Robson, in Hooked: A Crocheter's Stash of Wit and Wisdom. (Check it out on Google Books.)

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