My Proustian crochet hook

There are two shops in Dublin that I fear the most: Tiger and Penneys. Two places so tempting and welcoming and low-cost, that every time you spot one of them on your way, you just have to go in. Just to have a look, of course. And this look can cost you a 50€ of little needless nothings.

So, about three months ago, I went to Tiger, just to have a look. Sure. Among the few things I had when I got out of there, there was a crocheting kit to create a colourful owl.

At that time I was reflecting on what I really wanted to do with my new life, just before Christmas; that time when I had decided to set my creativity free, and I was pondering what the right direction could be. Consequently, driven by my enthusiasm and a bit afraid also (because I had never crocheted before, or so I thought), I opened the box and took threads and hook.

The HOOK!

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Do you remember the famous proustian madeleine? There! Exactly the same!

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Of course I had already crocheted before! I was even good at it. Maybe I even worked too much at it for some time. About fifteen years ago. My granny. Of course! It was all there, somewhere in my mind, the simple chain and all the rest I couldn’t recall at the moment. How could that be, that certain memories lay in that dark shadows for so long, and then… puff!… here they are again.

The Tiger’s kit expected me to have skills advanced enough to read and interpret the crocheted schemes provided. But a madeleine is just a madeleine, it can’t work magic! So I decided to get started in my own way, shooting randomly. I was away with the fairies, and the outcome was a cute hat fitting a tiny leprechaun.

After that, I went on pondering, and decided to create other things; but I thought the hook nice. Then, roaming on Pinterest I found a lot of mug-huggers, and I started making few pieces, each of them original in colour combinations and patterns. I had found a good compromise to go on using that little metal magic wand.

Moonily yours,

Serena.

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Sono due i negozi che trovo più pericolosi a Dublino: Tiger e Penneys. Sono quei posti carini e ultra low-cost, in cui entri solo per dare un’occhiata e ne esci con un 50€ di cazzatine che proprio non ti servivano. Un bel giorno di circa tre mesi fa, sono entrata da Tiger “solo per dare un’occhiata”, appunto. Del mio bottino finale faceva parte anche un kit per creare un gufo all’uncinetto.

Ero nel periodo di riflessione, in cui stavo pensando seriamente di mettere le mani all’opera, e stavo ponderando verso cosa orientare la mia creatività. Così, tutta entusiasta ma anche molto scettica perché non avevo mai creato niente all’uncinetto (o almeno così pensavo), apro la scatolina e prendo in mano fili e uncinetto.

L’UNCINETTO!

Avete presente la celebre madeleine proustiana? Ecco, uguale!

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Ma certo che avevo usato l’uncinetto prima di allora! E anche abbastanza bene. E forse anche troppo assiduamente per un certo periodo. Circa quindici anni prima. Mia nonna. Ma certo! La catenella e tutto il resto che non ricordavo, ma era lì nella mia mente. Com’è possibile che certi ricordi preferiscano restare nell’ombra per tanto tempo, e poi… puff!.. eccoli di nuovo uscire allo scoperto.

Il kit di Tiger prevedeva che io avessi capacità avanzate per leggere schemi di uncinetto, ma una madeleine è pur sempre una madeleine, mica può fare miracoli! Quindi ho iniziato a uncinettare a modo mio, facendo punti a caso, creando un minuscolo cappellino adatto a uno gnomo.

In seguito ho deciso di concentrarmi su altri tipi di produzioni, ma l’uncinetto mi stava simpatico. Così, vagando su Pinterest, ho guardato vari tipi di abbraccia-tazza, e crearne alcuni tutti miei per combinazioni di colori e fantasie mi è sembrata un’ottima scusa per continuare a usare quella piccola bacchetta magica di metallo.

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Lunaticamente vostra,

Serena.

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