Today, my friend Paula taught me to crochet "in the round." Here are the beginnings of my first project: a blanket for E. I am "hooked!" (‘scuse the sorry pun). Finally something I can do while E. is awake!
We spent several hours crocheting and commiserating about our husbands’ deployments. About Baghdad, Mosul, the Sunni Triangle; about how much we miss them, how much we worry, and how we could never have pictured ourselves capable of dealing with this life; about how the stress has stretched us and helped us grow, and how we now have incredible empathy for others.
I wondered out loud if this was what it was like for women in the civil war years – quilting and praying and worrying. Crafting as therapy reminded me of a book recommended to me: The Quilt That Walked to Golden by Sandra Dallas. "The purpose of quilts and the art of quilting provide a window into the lives of these women, their friendships, and their sorrows."