“Something” turned into an obsession and a career. Once I learned the basics, I had to crochet at every opportune moment. Like all crochet fanatics, I’ve spent countless hours with a hook in my hand, engrossed with my yarn and project. I crochet while watching TV with one eye, on road trips and flights, in waiting rooms, even in movie theaters before the film starts. I’m no different than other crochet-crazed stitchers!
My husband is a golfer. I tease him as he drives away with his clubs that I’m a golf widow. He once retorted, as I went off to a crochet guild meeting, that he’s a crochet widower! Well! He only has himself to blame!
But what, pray tell, is a crochet widower?
It’s my husband who sits immobile as I frog a project (that is, wildly rip out stitches) and cover him with yards and yards of yarn.
It’s the guy who sleeps alone at 3:00 a.m. because his designer spouse is typing a pattern before it goes out of her head.
The person who can say, “My wife still lives here? I thought she ran off with a flock of sheep, you know … yarn on feet, ages ago!” is a crochet widower.
It’s your significant other who has one-sided conversations because you’re too busy counting stitches to answer such a complex question as “What’s for dinner?”
It’s the life partner who opens a closet door and gets hit with an avalanche of yarn.
It’s the love of your life standing at the door who tells the tearful children to wave while you gleefully drive away to another fabulous CGOA show.
My husband, Tony, affectionately known as HWC (Husband Who Cooks) in my Confessions of the Yarn Princess articles (see CrochetInsider.com) is the self-proclaimed president and founder of the CWC—The Crochet Widower’s Club. He came up with this one night in a fit of tongue-in-cheek pique, probably while clawing his way out of a pile of yarn! There are no association dues, no meetings, no secret handshakes or rituals.
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Crocheting With Alpaca
Once considered an exotic fiber among hand crafters, alpaca has become commonplace, even showing up in the yarn aisle at big-box stores! There is a reason alpaca has become so popular: The yarns are soft and warm, making them ideal for crocheted hats, scarves, cowls, sweaters, throws and more!
Rose City Headband
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 4 inches wide x 19 inches in circumference
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 6 inches x 243/4inches
Tales of the Crochet Widower
I learned to crochet in 2001, relatively late in life, after 40 years of sewing. My husband, then a New York City sanitation worker, brought home a box of hooks that he rescued from life in a landfill. He gave me the box and said, “Can you do something with these?”
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Width: 18 inches Length: 67 inches
Colorful Cotton: Dye Your Own Yarn
I love the look of hand-dyed yarns—with their speckles, swirls and innovative color play, but I’ve always been too intimidated by the process to try it myself.
Spring Flowers Hot Pad
A bevy of spring blooms covers this double-thick hot pad. Crocheted in a variation of single crochet, choose colors to match your kitchen decor.
A pretty lacy floral design begins at one point of this asymmetrical shawl and continues to grow with each 6-row repeat.
Track Stitch Shawl
Master the double treble stitch and create a stunning shawl to wear this spring! Crocheting with a light and airy alpaca blend, you’ll make increases at three points to create the unique shape.
The Keepsake Dolls of Yolonda Jordan
Every crochet designer has a passion. Some are known for their clothing, others specialize in afghans and there are those who are inspired to create accessories. Among doll designers, the crochet world is fortunate to have Yolonda Jordan, who creates wonderful and unusual dolls of color.