Writing Can Be Murder

January 2, 2009

Similarities btwn crocheting and writing

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 8:01 pm

I decided to learn to crochet this fall, and I’ve now completed a few projects: A big blanket that didn’t turn out to be rectangular, a bunch of scarves which ended up being the approximate correct shape, and a small blanket, which I morphed into a pillow cover.

I’ve decided that “hooking” is a lot like writing.

There are days when it goes well. There are times when every-single-solitary stitch looks wrong — just like every word is wrong.

On many occassions I begin muttering (or swearing, it depends on my frustration level) and start ripping the work apart. For a crocheted piece that can mean removing whole rows, for writing I take out whole chapters.

Then there are the times when a stitch is not quite right, it’s not glaringly “wrong” it’s just not perfect, and I decide to leave it in. Sort of like a line of dialogue in writing.

I’ve learned a lot about writing while crocheting. I learned I’m even more impatient than I realized. I’m reminded time and again that I’m a REALLY harsh critic (why am I expecting perfection from a skill that was learned less than four months ago?)

I’ve learned that sometimes it’s just got to be good enough — otherwise I’ll never finish anything.



  1. hahaha “hooking” is like writing makes me want to think up similarities between writing and prostitution…um…you try to make it as pretty as you can so you can sell it later????

    Comment by colbymarshall — January 4, 2009 @ 8:44 am | Reply

    • LOL Colby — My first blog post title was “The Happy Hooker” but I thought that might bring some undesirables into the neighborhood.

      Comment by love2wryte — January 5, 2009 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  2. Good analogy! As someone who often makes craft projects by the seat of my pants [I hate to measure things and I usually ‘eyeball’ stuff rather than pull out a tape measure] and who also prefers to write by the seat of my pants, I can definitely see the similarities. In both, I enjoy finding out how the whole project will look when it’s finished since sometimes I can’t really envision it all before I begin.

    I would have said one of the differences is, once a piece is finished being crocheted or knitted or even quilted, it can’t be edited like a piece of writing can, so the craft work has a definite END to it, whereas writing can remain in flux for months or even years. Oddly enough though, just last weekend, I got to the end of a quilting project [well, the middle really]. I had finished the quilt top when I realized I had placed two pieces in backwards and they ruined the whole design, so I had to go in, remove certain seams, turn the pieces around and re-sew them in place without disturbig the rows above and below. I’d never done that before, and it was a challenge. I fised the design, but the evidence of the surgery is still somewhat visible – a lot like it can be when we make the occasional inelegant change to a manuscript.

    Interestingly, I’m a lot more lenient with myself when it comes to crafting than writing. I don’t have the same fear of screwing up as I do with putting words on a page. Not sure why. I guess that’s why when I’m frustrating with writing, I turn to crafting because I find it causes much less stress.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — January 5, 2009 @ 4:38 am | Reply

    • Jen, you should turn this reply into a blog post of your own. Interesting that both your writing and your crafting are done by the seat of your pants. I wish I could learn to be more lenient…

      Comment by love2wryte — January 5, 2009 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  3. You know, I may do just that.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — January 7, 2009 @ 3:43 am | Reply

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