Thursday, January 1, 2009

Playing with blocks

I used to love playing with blocks when I was a kid. My Grandparents had a collection of blocks from God knows where that they kept in a little, white, hard-sided case that I always thought looked like a me-sized suitcase. I loved to open it up and spill the alphabet blocks and brightly painted pieces of wood out onto the floor and build castles and bridges and houses with the motley assortment they'd somehow amassed over the years.

Nothing plugged in, nothing made noise, nothing talked, moved, giggled, walked or danced. And my sister (usually the foreman) and I loved everything about the whole shootin' match.

As new blocks were added to the collection, we were able to build bigger and better structures - each a little different than whatever magical thing we'd made the time before. And they were always, frankly, pretty spectacular if memory serves.

But looking back, I realize that the joy wasn't in the finished projects (which were, of course, torn down and packed back into the case when our visits were over), it was in the creation. The careful selection of each block. The placement of every little beam. The wonder as our wooden cities grew and grew right before our eyes.

Kids create for the sheer joy of it. They usually don't know what they're making or when it will be finished - they don't care about such trivialities. They have no rules. No restrictions. No patterns or demands. They just play. And lose themselves fully in the process, time slipping by without notice or care.

I want that back.

And so, there's this: 365 - A Crochet Odyssey. For no reason other than simply, "because I can", starting today I'm making one random crochet square a day. Every day. For the whole year.

I'm not working towards making something. There is no grand plan. In fact, I have no earthly idea what I'll do with 365 crochet squares, to be quite honest.

There is just yarn, a few pattern books, a little time set aside each day, and the unabashed luxury of creating whatever happens to tickle my fancy when I peek into my boxes of stashed yarn every morning.

Just. Because. I. Can.

I mean really, can you think of a better reason than that?

January 1, 2009

Soft, wintry white and blue stripes. Perfect for the very first day of the year when my world is wrapped in a blanket of white, and covered by dome of blue.


ladywithasong said...

This sounds like a fun idea.

I can't wait to see what you'll make with them!

Catherine said...


Nancy said...

Thanks for the invitation to the journey.

Hennifer said...

I'm hoping to learn to crochet this year. I need to feed my inner artist!

Kathy said...

What a clever idea, dear sister! How big are the squares? Ooh...there's so much you could do with them---frame them, make them into greeting cards and send them around the world, sew them together and make scarves or purses...SO MANY CHOICES!!!

Bronwyn said...

What a great idea! I've never crocheted in my life (10 left fingers), but it looks like a very creative and fun project. You should get a craft magazine to have a look -- it seems very publishable!

kate said...

This is a really cool idea!

Scrappy_Lady said...

How cool! I've noticed that some of your projects have the wonderfully familiar granny-square pattern to them. Growing up, learning to crochet, of course the granny-square was on of the earliest things I learned to make. I find myself drawn to them whenever I see them.

I look forward to your creations for no other reason than seeing all the wonderful squares that are possible.