July, 3 2019. I had bought a Kangoo, built a bed in it , celebrated my 33d birthday, said goodbye to my flat, city and friends, sorted out, sold and given all the stuff I had that wouldn’t fit in such a small living place. Ready to leave.
Everything started back in october 2018. I was roaming around in Montreal where I spent a month with my best friend and stumbled upon a ceramic-café… A café, where you could have your coffee while making ceramic. I immediately fell in love with the idea, especially replacing the “ceramic” part by a “crochet” part. I could already see that small and cosy place, with yarn everywhere and where people could crochet and order a vegan chaï latte and gluten-free pastries. The major problem about creating a place like that is that you should be able to settle down somewhere… And, as you’ve probably already noticed , I’m very bad at it (I moved place 8 times the past 10 years…).
So, I kept on thinking about the idea, slowly replacing the “crochet café” I had in mind by a “crochet bus” in which people could crochet and order vegan chaï latte and gluten-free pastries. Then, it became a crochet-campervan, then a crochet-caravan-behind-a-minivan… And here it was, the first step to that fun project : a crochet-minivan !
So, I decided to sell my very first car to buy this wonderful second-hand Kangoo with a beautiful sunroof and brought my inner handywoman to life to convert it into a tiny cosy house thanks to a great amount of inspiration from Pamthevan videos if you’d like to check !
First, I cleared the back…
… Then, built a flatter floor…
… put a wooden floating floor and started to build the bed…
In the meantime, my friend built some roof shelves where he also set rods for the curtains his girlfriend was making, thanks to the savant measurements we did earlier (we failed at that point and she had to go back and buy more fabric :p).
And here is the result, 6 days later ! I already felt like home and was so grateful to my friends without whom it would probably have taken 2 extra month for the same result ^^
A few days later, and 8 month after stumbling upon the ceramic-café in Montreal, I received my tailored matresses. My summer festivals calendar and a map with me, I was ready to go.
And that’s how started the adventure that made me abandon you for 5 months. I traveled from France to Belgium, back to France to Spain to Portugal in my tiny tiny house that was allowing me to see the big big world…
As you can guess, these 5 months were extraordinary and without a doubt the best experience in my whole life.
Sometimes, I would stay 2 or 3 days at the same place, doing absolutly nothing . Nothing. Not even reading a book. I sit there, looking at the beautiful landscapes before me, admiring birds, leaves dancing in the wind, the sun going up and down, the stars and the moon appearing slowly… It was the best feeling I ever had.
During all your life, you’ve been taught to jump from one thing to another, to make things, to talk with people, to move, to do sports… But when did anyone told you to “stop, make a step back and do nothing”?
The one thing this trip taught me is that sometimes, doing nothing is the best thing to do !
So, I didn’t crochet either. Or just a tiny bit : to fix a sweater, make something to hold my curtains closed and an other thing to hold my small water tank. I don’t even have a picture for that because I wanted to step out that habit to always show what I make (and sometimes, don’t even make it just because I didn’t feel like taking the numerous pictures needed to have a beautiful Instagram picture at the end).
And that too, was a great experience.
I came back “recharged” from my trip in November, settling in a house that I share with 4 other people in the south of France. Ow, I will leave again, for sure, but for now, I will try and live with the beautiful lessons learned during this trip. Allow myself to take breaks, doing nothing, allow myself to make things just for the pleasure of making them, and not only to share them afterwards, keep on living with few things and enjoying it !
This article was really different than the others and didn’t talk that much about crochet, but I really wanted to share this experience with you, and who knows, maybe will it inspire you ! :)
See you very soon, with some crochet this time, I promise ^^