I’ve been looking for a craft for many years, without much luck. I like crafting. I like the creativity and skill that it involves. I like the idea of creating something new and beautiful out of other materials. I like having something to do with my spare time that feels productive, but isn’t work. I work in research, which involves a lot of precise and exact measuring. I’ve spent more time than I care to arguing the differences of 0.1% or less. I’ve even gotten passionate in some of those arguments! But I still wanted something for my life less precise and more creative (though one can get creative with statistics, let me tell you!). I tried adult coloring books, but could never get super into them, which makes sense since I wasn’t into children’s coloring books as a child. I then took a stained glass class at my park district, which while I’m proud of the finished product (pics below of all of my crafting attempts), stained glass is about precise measurement and cutting of glass and then shaving milimeters off of it so the picture fits together perfectly. So not the less exacting leisure activity I wanted. Also, if there is any chance I can make a small cut in my hand on a material, I will find that way. I used more band-aids making that stained glass than I care to count. I then found fabric crafts. Now, much like the Iron Born on Game of Thrones, I do not sew (I’m sure the Iron Born mean sow, but it’s a good pun!), but apparently a whole world of fabric crafts exist that involves no sewing! I first made a banging wreath out of some fabric. I then used the leftover fabric and some of my many, many old t-shirts from high school, along with some other old clothes to make a super awesome braided circle rug. I just sat around watched TV and braided fabric (I love braiding!). The only problem was, I didn’t read the instructions about making sure it would lie flat, so I had to fold it over to make it flat, and now have a super awesome braided triangle rug. The thing was, all these crafts felt like one-off activities and not something I wanted to make multiples of, until I discovered hooking, hook rugging that is.
Now, hook rugging was great in that it combined my love of Iron Born approved fabric crafts and the ability to make puns. One can say things like, “I hooked a bunch last night” or “I haven’t hooked in a while, so I really gotta get back on it.” The possibilities are endless. Now, you make ask yourself, what is hook rugging? Well, it’s taking pre cut lengths of yarn and using a hooking tool to knot it through a grid that creates a pattern. I found it to be fun, but not super exacting. It also took up a lot of time to finish one rug, but I could still see progress every day. It is exactly what I need in a craft. You may also ask, how did you learn about hooking? My mom hooked in her B.C. (before children) days. She did however, leave a Christmas tree skirt undone due to the children and the responisiblity that apparently entails. She tried to take it back up but her arthritis was too bad. You can’t hook with arthritis. So my dad took up hooking. Now he struggled with some of the shades of green when hooking at night so he was only a day time hooker. I decided to start my hooking at Christmas time as it seemed like the festive thing to do. I was hoping to finish by Christmas, but got too busy with the holiday season to really give hooking my all, so I finished in January, just in time to put it away for next year. I already have my next 2 rugs picked out. See some pics below.