And I thought I Did Not Like Crocheting!

‘The sea is like a strange spirit, forever changing its form; it is a heavy fluid, it is mist, hanging over sea and land, it is clouds, high over Earth, it is ice, it is the snowflake. It is two gases, the familiar H2O of the school laboratory.’  -from ‘ The Sea and its Rivers’ by Alida Malkus (published 1956)

What does this quote have to do with crocheting, you wonder? I come to that in a minute.

Well, I never liked crocheting, a bit of a clumsy affair with an impossible hook and yarn. But I kept eyeing those nice granny squares, I see everywhere. And then I stumbled on this gorgeous pattern, exactly right for ‘that-chair-in-that-one-bedroom’. There was nothing else to it: study the Youtube instruction videos on crocheting, select yarn and a pretty basket and get to it. And I must say….it is becoming already a serious addiction and every square looks a little neater;0)

My sincere apologies to all you crochet lovers out there: you were right!

The book is a little gem, discarded by a local high school. I found it in a thrift store and bought it for its pretty cover. But it is an adventure to read. Alida Malkus has such a vivid and poetic way of writing and addressing her pupils directly, so you ‘travel’ with her down the big ocean currents, to deep depths and watch al the sea creatures. I miss the sea, so this is lovely. This is how textbooks should be! And it looks so pretty in my cozy basket ;0)

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Wat heeft die quote met haken te maken, vraag je je af? Ik kom er zo op terug.

Nou ik vond nooit wat aan haken, onhandig gedoe met een vreemd haakje en garen. Maar ik bleef maar gluren naar die leuke granny squares die ik overal tegenkom. And toen kwam ik dit prachtige patroon tegen, precies wat ik zocht voor die-stoel-in-die-ene-slaapkamer. Er zat niks anders op: bestuderen van de instructie video’s op Youtube over haken, selecteren van mooi garen en een knus mandje en beginnen maar.  En ik moet zeggen…het wordt al aardig een verslaving en elke square ziet er al wat netter uit;0) Mijn oprechte excuses aan de haakliefhebbers: jullie hadden gelijk!

Dat boek is een juweeltje, afgedankt door een lokale high school. Ik vond t in een kringloop en kocht t vanwege de mooie omslag. Maar wat een avontuur om te lezen. Alida Malkus heeft zulk een levendige en poëtische stijl van schrijven, ze richt zich rechtstreeks tot de leerlingen en je ‘reist’ met haar mee op de grote golfstromen, de diepte in om t oceaanleven te bekijken. Ik mis de zee dus dit is heerlijk. Zo moeten schoolboeken zijn! En t lijkt zo schattig in mijn gezellige mandje ;0)

Love and Liefs,Johanna

8 thoughts on “And I thought I Did Not Like Crocheting!

  1. I bet you do miss the sea! We rode our bikes near the sea a lot when we were in the Netherlands and it is so beautiful. It always made me nervous, though, to think that the roads we were on were BELOW sea level. Your crocheting is looking very nice–looking forward to updates!

    • Riding your bike in The Netherlands is the best way to enjoy this country: good for you. It is a bit of daunting thought that if the dykes would break, 3/4 of The Netherlands will drown. But be assured, that will not happen;0) I hopre to show of more and better crocheting!

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