I'm not a fan of granny squares. Well, not not a fan, I suppose I don't really get what all the fuss is about. Yeah they're cute, easy to make (if you don't mind all that joining, oy!) and a good pass the time project, but really granny squares, you need to try a bit harder if you're gonna get my attention.
That being said, there's no way I could just ignore the cute baby blue and white squares that caught my eye today. I was bustling through a quiet waiting room at work when I spotted a fellow crocheter hooking away. Delicate, intricate cotton granny squares had built up in a neat little pile next to her. I hesitated for a second, wondering if I'd seem like a crazy person if I were to strike up a conversation. Would I think it was odd if a complete stranger complimented me? But this was no stranger I told myself; she was a crocheter, a fellow yarn lover, this would be ok...
And it was. I told her I loved her granny squares; she told me they were going to be a baby blanket of 63 squares but that she hadn't decided on the edging yet. I spoke about how I crochet in a funny left handed/right handed combo mix, she mentioned she holds the hook unusually too (I'd noticed, but who's judging). I shared my love of cotton, she admitted she'd never worked with it before. She recommended Simply Crochet magazine, I suggested Inside Crochet and pretended I hadn't read Simply Crochet (she was so pleased with the find, I couldn't tell her I've bought every issue). She showed me a picture of her first attempt at amigurumi, I gave her the web address for Ravelry to find more free patterns.
Ahhh I was buzzing for the rest of the afternoon. This brief interaction had made me so happy; an injection of crochet love when I least expected it was a welcome break from the mundanity of work, and to have this in depth conversation with someone I don't even know simply because of this one common bond - crochet - was just so nice.
So I guess this is a warning, today gave me the green light that talking to random crocheters is an acceptable practice so if I see you and your hook out and about, there's a good chance I'llstop and talk to you as well!