They play a game at aikido to work on their rolls where the kids run one at a time towards the sensei. He tosses a hackey sack towards them as they near him. The idea is that they’ll catch the hackey sack in one hand and do an aikido roll over that shoulder. Then they toss the sack back to the sensei, who tosses it to the next runner. The more capable kids are encouraged to alternate sides. Less advanced kids just do whatever comes most easily, and the important thing is the roll, not whether you catch the hackey sack or not.

Fiona is doing part of the bigger kids’ classes these days, and this week she got frustrated by her inability to catch the hackey sack. She really just needs someone to play toss and catch with her at home. Coincidentally that morning I had woken up and decided to try to teach myself to crochet. I had spent aikido class practicing a single crochet stitch with the only tools I had on hand — a DK-weight wool yarn and a finicky 2.5 mm crochet hook. Kismet or something. Clearly a hackey sack was meant to materialize from my yarn and little hook.

I frogged out my practice work and went home and googled. I’m not nearly good enough at crocheting yet to follow a pattern, but I did manage to figure out increases and decreases and working in the round, which really isn’t rocket science in the crochet realm. And today, with the addition of some rice and a bit of the toe of some old tights, we have a hackey sack.

Aikido and crochet

3 thoughts on “Aikido and crochet

  • November 18, 2008 at 11:12 am

    That yarn is beautiful! And perfect for a hackey sack. Makes me want to go and give it a try…

  • November 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I was wondering when you would take the plunge and give it a try!! Looks great, btw. It’s wonderful what we can create when the mood/need strikes.

    Happy sacking!

  • November 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    When I was a kid I was continually frustrated by my inability to catch a thrown object, be it a hackey-sack or baseball or a set of keys tossed to me.

    As an adult I have discovered it is my eyesight and glasses that are to blame. Practice does help, but that might be something to think of with Fiona, since she recently got glasses.

    By the way, that is really cool yarn. As a knitter myself who dabbles in crochet, I have to agree that they are two totally different animals, but both rewarding!

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