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A beginner takes on the Melbourne Snood

Following Lynda’s crochet journey has been nothing short of inspiring to me. Watching her find healing and practicing mindfulness through creative therapy was something that intrigued me from the get-go. I often wondered how I could fit crochet into my own life. How will I benefit from unplugging and winding down, I wondered? I knew it would bring magic into my life, but I didn’t realise just how much I would gain from learning something new. 

To paint a picture for you, I am a mother of three children aged five and under, and a freelance copywriter. I am busy with a capital B. But when I finally got to meet Lynda in person at the soul soothing Sydney Finders Keepers market she encouraged me and told me I could do it. Not only did she tell me that I could do it, she insisted that I actually needed crochet in my life. And I did. And I do. 


Going home with the Chunky Scarf Crochet Kit which I chose in the soft, beautiful neutral grey, was exciting! I was starting a new project and learning a new skill all for myself – with video tutorials so I knew I could do it! I have never been one to read instructions so the video element was the key to my success. The videos take you from creating a slip knot and holding your hook, all the way to joining the two ends together once you have completed your rows. That part is so exciting!

I just adored how the Melbourne Snood looked on the pattern cover – so toasty and warm and like a big hug on a cool day. I could picture myself wearing it and everyone asking where I got it, to which I would reply, “I made it!” To which no one would ever believe me because I am NOT a crafty person. I have never knitted nor crocheted anything in my life – ever. Never ever. I am the kind of person who outsources the hemming of my daughter’s school uniform because I am afraid to stuff it up. So this was a big step for me.


So how did I create my first ever crocheted snood in a single day?

I fell in love with the feeling and texture of the fibers, the smooth motion of whipping the yarn around the back of the hook and looping it through. Once I got the hang of the first three rows, I took things into my own hands. I attempted a few rows on my own, and before I knew it I had built half the snood! The repetitive motion allowed me to truly zone out, center myself and relax for the first time in a long time.


Now, my turns, and stitches are let’s just say, abstract. There are clearly spots where I went rogue and should have kept my eye on the videos. Lynda provides a video for every single step, so if you pay attention, you really can’t go wrong. Alas, I love my imperfect snood like no other item in my wardrobe. It is unique, completely me, and made by me. Something I have never had before. 

When I completed the snood, I emailed Lynda to tell her I had made it in a day and how much I enjoyed it. I also told her how much I adored wearing it simply because I loved how it felt on my neck and shoulders.



Would I recommend this project to a beginner?

Absolutely. I am of the notion that if I can do this, anyone can! Yes, even if you have never crocheted before, and think, “oh I can’t possibly find the time to make that!”, take it from a working mother of three, who finds going to the grocery store alone a luxury, you absolutely can! And you should! Get your Chunky Scarf Crochet Kit now!



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