Crocheting With Delaney

Delaney Horst explains how she got into crocheting, and what it’s all about.

Crocheting With Delaney

Kiley Peterson, Editor in Chief

What is your hobby? Reading? Painting? Drawing? Gaming? Playing an instrument or sport? A hobby is an activity done in one’s free time, and it’s usually something that one enjoys doing. This term has become more prevalent now than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the stay-at-home order this past spring, many people were forced into finding a new hobby of their own to keep them entertained while stuck in their household.
BV West Senior Delaney Horst found an interesting hobby to keep her busy whilst being stuck at home in constant boredom.
“I started crocheting during quarantine since I was bored and wanted something to do. It also looked really cool,” Horst said.
Crocheting can at times be very complicated to learn , especially when you have to learn how to do it all by yourself. However, Horst was determined to learn, because she thought crocheting looked like it could be a really fun and cool activity.
“I watched a lot of youtube videos, it was difficult to learn and it took me about a month to really understand,” Horst said.
Learning how to do something new can be stressful at times, but all it takes is some determination, and interest in the activity to understand how it works.
Once she learned how to successfully crochet after tons of practice, Horst realized that her main interest was in crocheting stuffed animals.
“I crochet stuffed animals mostly because I haven’t taught myself how to do clothes yet.
It can get pricey especially if you make bigger projects,” Horst said, “but there are websites and sales that you can look for if you’re on a budget.”
She explained that some of the supplies that are necessary for when you crochet are a hook, a stitch marker, and yarn.
Crocheting can be a time consuming hobby, which is why you need to really enjoy it to be able to keep up with it.
“I usually crochet for an hour each day, or more. It really just depends on how much time I have, and it takes up a lot of my time since I tend to do bigger projects, but I love doing it so I don’t mind it at all,” Horst said.
One important thing to note is that on top of a hobby being something that someone does for fun, it can also be an activity that someone does to help relieve stress, and get their mind off of things. Which is one of the things that Horst loves most about crocheting.
“Whenever I’m crocheting I’m really focused, which helps me calm down when I’m stressed and get away from technology,” Horst said, “before I started crocheting, I was on my phone a lot but now I barely use social media which has been really helpful for me.”
Horst crochets because it’s something that she enjoys doing, and she also likes using her talents to make other people happy.
“I make crochet animals for my friends since I make so many, I never charge them because I enjoy doing it,” Horst said.
This brings up the question on whether or not she would consider making her own Etsy account, and selling some of her products on the site. When asked about this, Horst explained this is something that may or may not already be in the works.
“I’ve been thinking about starting an Etsy, but starting an Etsy can also be expensive if you don’t end up making a profit, however I’m definitely considering it!” Horst said.
What started as a quarantine hobby soon grew into something way more than that. It’s so cool that Horst was able to take a tiny interest and spark that into a possible tiny business out of it. Let this be a reminder to always follow what you are passionate about, because you never know where it may lead.
If crocheting is something you think that you would be interested in, then this is your sign to start! Follow the QR codes attached to this page, and it will take you to various sources that will tell you everything you need to know!