HOMEBODY x NECESSITY: Crocheting to Trap Music

“Neela, I’m going to learn how to crochet and I’m going to do it to trap music.”

It was 6AM on a Friday morning and I’d talked my thirteen year old sister, Neela, into straightening my hair for me.

“I need your help, though. I’m not 100% sure what exactly constitutes “trap” so I’ll need you to choose the songs.”

She nodded. “I’ll make you a fire playlist.”

When I typed “trap music” into YouTube the first video sounded very much like electronic dance music and nothing like what I normally hear coming from Neela’s iPod. She explained that there was trap trap that was so intense it was almost dubstep and then the kind she listened to that was more commonly found on the radio. I read later that trap music has experienced two waves: one in the early 90s from the US South and a second which resurged in the last couple of years that is more EDM, although it still retains its hip hop roots.

“You’ll crochet with me, right?”

“Are you kidding me? Of course. We’re gonna be listening to trap music and have crocheting under our belt. Sisters who crochet? We’ll be unstoppable.”

She bent my head forward to get the hair at the nape of my neck before continuing. “People are gonna ask, “Can they cook?” No. “Can they clean?” No. “But they can crochet!” They’re gonna marry us off so quick. Crochet him everythaaaaang.”

There was one slight problem. We weren’t really sure what crocheting was. What differentiates crocheting from knitting? Do you entirely crochet one thing and knit another or were there certain parts of, say, a sweater that you would crochet and other parts of it you would knit. Enter wikiHow.

“”While a stick with a hook and a pile of yarn might not seem like it has much potential…”” I stopped reading. “This involves a hook?!”

“Oooh. This is violent,” Neela said, clipping up a section of hair near the crown of my head. “We need to include a warning or an age limit. All these kids are gonna see us crocheting and want to crochet too and then we’ll be responsible for thousands of crocheting deaths.”

According to the Oxford Dictionary, crochet is “a handicraft in which yarn is made up into a textured fabric by means of a hooked needle” and comes from the French word croc meaning hook. So was this a fancier form of knitting? Or maybe knitting was a fancier form of crocheting? Whatever.

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When in doubt, browse wikiHow. Source: wikiHow

“When are we doing this?” Neela asked.

“Probably next weekend. I’m working this weekend and I need to figure out what one needs in order to crochet.”

Around 7AM my bleary-eyed little brother Nain stumbled into the room and curled up on Neela’s bed.

“Maybe we can make our own hooks?” I said. “I mean the point of all this is that I save money. Unless they’re really cheap, then I can buy them.”

“What are you guys planning to do?” Nain mumbled.

“We’re going to crochet to trap music,” I explained.

He suddenly sat up in the bed looking much more awake. “Oh my gosh. This kid in my class – Collin – came in with a ball of yarn the size of Neya’s head and he just started crocheting. And then he taught me how to crochet.”

Neela and I turned to look at him. This was unexpected. “You know how to crochet?”

“Yes. I don’t know how to do it masterfully but I can make simple things like scarves.”

“”Simple things like scarves”?” Neela repeated incredulously. “Nain, we need you.”

“Yeah,” Nain said seriously. “Collin was making sweaters and stuff. He’s one of my higher class friends.”

Neela moved around my head, patting flyaways down and smoothing pieces back. “There.” She stood back and admired her work. “Done.”

“Great. Thank you, Neela.”

After putting away the hair straightener, she started getting ready for school while singing the That’s So Raven theme song. “If you could gaze into the future, future, future –” She interrupted her singing. “Speaking of future, there’s gonna be a lot of Future on our crocheting playlist.”

“Is Future trap?” I asked.

“Yes.”

Originally published on September 27, 2015

Homebody x Necessity is all about saving money by staying in. Whether it’s reading a book or repurposing old toothbrushes, if it’s cheap, it’s our Saturday night.

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