My youngest daughter plays softball on 2 teams. One team has 2 games a week. The other team has a 3 hour practice a week plus plays tournaments periodically...where we spend one or two days (6-8 or 10) hours at the ball park, alternating between watching their games and waiting on their next game. I love all of these times....and whether we are watching a game or waiting....I am crocheting. For the tournaments I have taken my large scrapbook tote on wheels and made it into my yarn tote. Of course I can't go anywhere without a gazillion projects, lol. So I take awhile and pack up all of the yarn, my patterns and all the various things I need. For the weekly games I pack a smaller bag but still with several projects.
Everyone has become used to finding me sitting in my chair, crocheting away....all the time.
At first it seemed like no one paid me any attention. And then, slowly, I noticed people watching what I was doing, looking to see what I was making. Sometimes it is adults of various ages, sometimes older kids...but quite often it is the little ones that are so curious! And most of the time they aren't shy about coming to talk to me. They want to ask....what are you making, why are you making that, what is that, where do you get that (yarn), how come you use that, why are you using that color and on and on and on. I've learned to be very patient and answer those questions over and over. Their interest is so heartwarming. Most of them have never seem anything like it. They want to know all about it.
Sometimes it is the older people that want to ask you what you are making. Recently an older Grandma wanted to talk crocheting with me and she wanted to know if I had pictures of the things I had made with me (of course I did, grin). Sometimes it is the group that's between kids and older group that want to talk. Some want to tell me that their Grandma crocheted, or that their Grandma taught them, that they used to do it but haven't, some that they would love to learn. I wish I could teach them all.
Both of my daughter's softball teams (5 of the girls are on both teams) have started coming each game to see what I'm doing. They know the things that I most often work on and they like to guess what I'm doing. One wants to see the biggest hook I have at the next game, grin. They admire the things I make and they make me feel great.
This past weekend my daughter played in a tournament. We were at the ball fields on Saturday for about 9 hours and again on Sunday for about 9 hours....heaven for me with all of that softball playing and crocheting together! Each day I had a little one that was my buddy. On Saturday it was Hadley (not sure of spelling). Her older sisters were playing also on another team. She climbed in the chair with me. She played with my hooks. She always wanted to know what I was doing and she asked the same questions a billion times and I loved it. She was so cute, so precious. I put the hook in her hands and held her hands and helped her to make a single crochet. She was so excited....and just doing that one stitch was good enough for her. I hated when she had to leave. I had great fun with Hadley on Saturday. On Sunday I can't remember the precious little one's name but again she was such a cute who cuddled right up and wanted to know all. She was only 'with me' for one game so we didn't get to spend as much time together but I sure enjoyed the time we did get to chat. She asked those same questions about what I was doing, etc. I was also trying to take some pics of my daughter and she 'borrowed' the camera and took some herself....way too cute!
I love to crochet...yep, I'm obsessed with it.....but I also love to interact with others, esp the little ones, about the awesome hobby that I have. I love to share all things about it. I wish I could teach everyone that wanted to learn. It's such an incredible thing to know how to do....it's really changed my life. But for now, I will be content with not only making cool things but talking to others of all ages about crocheting! It makes me smile!!