What do fried eggs & crochet have in common?

Many people wouldn’t approve of my method of frying eggs.

When I was at school, we did Home Economics (that dates me). It was really what we would call Cookery now, but honestly, there wasn’t much cooking involved. Whilst my friends at another school were baking bread and whipping up fairy cakes, we made a milkshake (ooo) and then a traffic light sandwich (ahhh). I’ve disliked cooking ever since.

I remember making fried eggs one week, and we were instructed to put a puddle of oil in the bottom of the frying pan, break the egg into a cup, slide it into the oil. After we had done that, the teacher kept walking around the room telling us to spoon hot oil over the yolk to cook the top, which made them splatter like anything. We should probably have been issued goggles. (Can you imagine 26 teenagers with eggs, pans, oil and heat – poor teacher!) So, that was my Correct-tick-all-the-boxes method of frying eggs for a few years, until I worked in the catering trade, when multi-tasking became a essential and I didn’t have time to mollycoddle individual eggs.

These days, I like my fried eggs to have a crispy bottom. This is achieved by putting the minimum amount of oil in the pan, turning the heat down, popping in the eggs, and not touching them – gasp! That’s right, no pushing, poking, bathing, or splashing. I suppose it’s a bit lazy, but I like them like that, so I use that method. Which brings me to crochet.

When I was running the 3 week Squares course, a woman kept walking past and staring at the ladies crocheting at the table. I didn’t worry about it too much, but she kept coming back so I asked if I could help her. She didn’t answer me, but pointed at one of the ladies and barked, “You’re holding it wrong! You should hold it the right way, trust me or you’ll regret it!”, then walked off. (If you are this rude woman, you’re barred from all my classes. I only teach nice people). Fortunately the ladies didn’t seem too fussed about it, but it was a lovely, down to earth group, or it could have been tricky. It was the first time I used that venue and it made me think about how I can set up the area so it doesn’t happen again.

The thing is, there are lots of different ways to hold a crochet hook. We can talk about them, I can show you some that should work with your hand shape and tension, but actually, it’s up to you how you hold your hook and yarn, and sometimes it pays to experiment. Be open-minded and you might find your own crispy bottom. 🙂

fried egg
photo by Charles Haynes

2 thoughts on “What do fried eggs & crochet have in common?”

  1. you make me laugh Caroline, but you are so right, horses for courses and all that. Cant wait to book onto the next course. 🙂

    1. I like having a bit of fun with it 🙂 You have summed up the whole post in 3 words! See you soon!

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