Applying the correct Tension

7 March 2022

I gazed at my mom’s beautiful hands.Her one hand held the crochet hook and in the other hand the yarn was neatly wrapped over the pinky and index fingers so that just the right tension could be applied. From experience, she effortlessly wove the yarn in and out and around and back again, she also talked in a foreign language as she created.“Alright Liesel, two double treble crochets and then three chains and repeat four times.Remember to keep the tension just right. Give it a try!”

Learning to apply the right tension to one’s yarn is essential as it determines the end result of the project.

It proved to be most frustrating attempting to get it right. How was this a theraputic activity?

There was certainly tension that formed in other areas, in my arms, in my neck and in my expectation.All the excitement that I had developed of wanting to learn crocheting from my mom this holiday started speedily unravelling, just like the yarn that had spilled down onto the table that I had crocheted incorrectly and had to undo to redo.

I grappled with my crochet hook, the string was too loose at times and then at other times too tight, my gaps were too big, and instead of a circle I had made what looked like a crocheted comma mark.

The comma was what I actually needed to see. To break, to pause in order to try again.The comma, the breath I needed to take, the grace to keep going under the guidance of an experienced and gracious mom.

So much like our homeschooling journey, I thought. Here are a few crocheting tips from Sigoni Macaroni that I found could be tweaked and applied to homeschooling.

1. Pull from the center of the bundle of yarn

With every length of yarn, there’s a strand on the outside and the inside. Using the strand from the outside usually has your skein bouncing around all over the place and that’s not good for your tension.

By pulling the strand from the center, it should glide through your fingers much easier.

Start your day from the centre. Quality time with Christ, meditate on His word and pray

We have a choice to start with a bang and listen to the outside noises screaming for us from the moment we wake up which is bound to have you bouncing around and that is definitely not good for your tension or we can choose to draw from Christ even for a few moments and your day should glide much easier – start from the inside out.

2. Invest in a yarn bowl

Yarn bowls are life savers. Once you’ve winded your skein into a cake, the yarn bowl is used to hold your yarn cake in place. How many times do you find your yarn bouncing all over the place from the couch to the floor to the arms of your child or pet? If it’s not a tangled mess by then, it’s irritating at the very least.

Invest in your organisation and planning

Planning your day, or your week for homeschooling is vital. When things begin to bounce all over the place, come back to your why, stick to the basic plan and ensure that what you need to build gets built daily. Put the essentials in place and create your family schooling routine. Limit the mess and stress.

3. Make yourself a tension regulator.

It’s a small tool and one of the best ways to get the hang of tension while crocheting!

Create tension regulators

Set realistic goals and expectations.Learn to have grace with yourself and your children. Rest.Read a book.

Play! Sit in the garden in silence.Be flexible, things change, lean on the unchangeable One. Evaluate your values and live by them.

We are already in March, but may we all learn to walk humbly and attentively with the Lord through each season, organise plan and graciously execute while all the while patiently learning how to apply the correct tension as we and our children weave different patterns and use different colours in our homeschooling journeys.

Written by Liesel Abadir, CC Essentials Tutor, Homeschool mom

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