Sometime ago, I was catching up with a college friend and he asked me, "So, what do you like to do other than Grandma activities?"
It's fun having friends tease you in a lighthearted manner, but I get that there's always a little bit of truth to a joke. I do really like time consuming activities. Slowly perusing huge antique malls and carefully approaching each booth to see what the dealers have displayed (really, whether they found Pyrex for me) and learning all about "mid century modern" and guessing at items I don't know much about when the LTE signal is too weak inside the huge building for me to confirm anything. I also like touching yarn and trying my hand at crochet patterns. There's something about working on a DIY project and being able to see the finished product. Whether it's a cute baby dress or a pot holder!
Maybe there's something fun about loving an activity that should not be "stereotypically" what someone like me should be doing (whatever someone like me even means!). Like people who meet me and think if I'm Chinese I love cooking and eating Chinese food all the time. When I do, I do love it. But that's not all that's me. My brother and I love spaghetti, hot dogs and hamburgers. We grew up eating that at school. Now we also like eating shoyu chicken, poke and sushi. Maybe part of that is influenced by our love of Hawaii...but mostly because we like to eat good food and why wouldn't anyone want to eat shoyu chicken every day? All this to say that we are the sum of all our experiences. I can love things older than me. I can be Chinese and American.
Recently, I saw some photos of broken Pyrex on one of my facebook groups. There's something about Pyrex and granite counter tops. If you don't set it gently on the counter top the Pyrex will explode into shards. I decided I'd make more potholders because of this. I came across this beautiful crochet pattern called Little Spring Mandela and decided to make some for my turquoise Pyrex I picked up over 4th of July weekend.
For now, when my Pyrex 024 is on the counter...it will safely rest on one of my crocheted potholders. Maybe I'll sell my extra potholders to buy more Pyrex or maybe I'll just keep crocheting for the safety of my Pyrex. Either way...I win!
Venora's Twist on the Little Spring Mandela
Follow the Little Spring Mandela pattern up to Row 7.
8th Round (new color): work sc into every space, join with a slip stitch to first sc, finish off
9th Round (new color): work sc into every space, join with a slip stitch to first sc, finish off
Make two of these! Place the wrong sides together and match them up as best you can.
9th Round (same color and join both pieces): sc , work *(1sc, skip one stitch, 5dc, skip one). Repeat * around, join with a slip stitch to first sc, finish off