The Joy of Crochet

In today’s world of crochet, crocheters seem to follow one of two impulses: one is to try to prove that crochet is as good as knitting; the second is to embrace crochet in all it’s granny square goodness and glory.

I fall into the second camp because I know that just as there are some things that are better when knitted, there are just as many things that are better when crocheted, and I’d like to take a look at one that I stumbled across this week.

The crochet project I came across this week that caught my attention and nearly made me drop the project I am currently trying to finish in order to make the new one I had found is this:

A crochet bento box that embodies the joy of crochet
A crochet bento box that embodies the joy of crochet

The Happy Bento Lunch Caddy.

This project caught the eye and esprit of my inner 9-year-old, and she is still peeved I did not drop everything to make her one. How, she wants to know, is she supposed to eat lunch without one? This is exactly the kind of thing that would have made me look forward to lunch at school every day, and I would have wanted to use it at home.

No doubt I would have insisted on packing my lunch even when I was home.

According to wikipedia, Bento “is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.”

Based on the pictures that accompany the article, I would describe it as food arranged so prettily, one would be hard-pressed to stop admiring it long enough to eat it; however, that doesn’t stop me from wanting a Happy Bento Lunch Caddy of my very own.

3 thoughts on “The Joy of Crochet

  1. I’m not sure where I read this, but I think it was Elizabeth Zimmerman, the famous knitter.

    When she was a young girl, her mother saw her crocheting. Her mother took her hook away from her and gave her knitting needles and told her, “young ladies knit, only the hired help crochet.”

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