Yarn Over: It’s International Crochet Day!


I have to tell you…normally I find these obscure specialty holidays just so much silliness. They serve no purpose at all. Really, who cares? Very few, not even those who are fond of the craft, food, animal, season, sport, people, or disease being thrust into the spotlight of “awareness” even care about these holidays.

I must confess that in our house, we have been known to cook one or two (or ten) of the foods listed on The Kitchn’s National Food Holidays list. That however, is just because we love any excuse to get together in the kitchen. If the aim is to prepare something new exotic or different, all the better. Still, given that the origin of the word holiday is built around the idea of celebrating Holy days, the “every day is a holiday” thing rubs me the wrong way.

When my daughter sent me the link to International Crochet DayInternational Crochet Day, the only reason it resonated at all is because our two youngest are currently planning and crocheting Christmas presents for numerous family members- in earnest. Yarn is center stage right now:



So…even though I still think the “every thing deserves a holiday” thing is kind of stupid, my kids found the fact that today is International Crochet Day  kind of neat. Because they’re kids.

Edited to add: I just remembered a quotable literary quote that well explains my acknowledging a silly holiday while simultaneously decrying silly holidays.

How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.-Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Tell me again why more people don’t spend copious amounts of time reading if they can?

6 thoughts on “Yarn Over: It’s International Crochet Day!

  1. Robyn says:

    I agree completely … it’s hard convincing others though LOL

    Our first one wasn’t unschooled, which was a shame because he needed it the most. However, live and learn, right. (I’m not really as cavalier about it as it sounds) With our daughters, we started out more eclectic, then by grade 4(ish) they became self-instructional and I handed it off to them and stepped into a facilitator’s role. It wasn’t so much a style we chose, as it was something we grew into and found the kids did much better with it.


  2. Elspeth says:

    One more thing about crochet: If you want to learn how to do it, and be able to follow along with an excellent video teacher and come away with a really useful creation without having to read a pattern, you wanna go to Simply Hooked Crochet on YouTube.

    She is the bomb! You still need to familiarize yourself with pattern markings but you don’t have to wait till you know all that to actually make something. My kids love her videos because of the pacing and explanations. For example:


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