In April I taught myself how to crochet. This is something I have wanted to learn for many years however never managed to get around to it. Whilst recuperating from a period of ill health I sat down with a book, You Tube, some yarn and a hook, a few months later I am hooked! I began this process by practicing stitches and trying to keep the same number of stitches on each row, I met a lady in a wool shop who kindly showed me how to start a chain and how to stitch a treble – she told me that this was the one and only stitch I would need to learn to move forward and after leaving the shop I have practiced and practiced.
The most confusing thing about crochet is the name of the stitches – trebles, as I learned them, are actually doubles in American patterns and doubles are singles – talk about making things complicated however this is where You Tube has helped me because I have been able to watch stitched being worked and then decide what they are called.
My first project was a hat and then I decided to have a go at amigurumi and I also made an iPad cover. The hat was a success – the rabbit was … well all I can say about the rabbit is that I have tried and the lady in the wool shop was right – trebles are the best.
After trying a couple of small projects I then began a blanket – I have called this my recovery blanket and I have then moved onto a couple of shrugs (I don’t have photos of these yet but they were mainly using treble stitches and I even tied new patterns and V stitches)
With this new hobby I was quickly collecting a variety of new bits and bobs including hooks and stitch markers – I have managed to pull myself away from my crochet for a while to make a storage roll. Now sewing is my first love and always will be so it only seems fitting that I have used my sewing skills to make something to keep my hooks safe. I have made this out of a selection of remnant fabrics I had in my sewing box. I began by making the inner of the roll by stitching down narrow pockets for the hooked and using ribbon for the needles, scissors and pins. The outer cover is decorated using crazy patchwork with free machine embroidery over the joins.
So last week I began my next crochet challenge and this one might take a while. At the Woolfest last month I bought a beautiful hand dyed indigo extra fine merino and silk yarn. This was in a hank so last week I sat myself down and wound it into a ball – this took a lot longer that I had imagined, I have 100g of this yarn which is lace weight and approx 800m long – thankfully I have a twirly gig that helped..
I have made a start at a fine shawl – it is worked on a size 2 hook. I have taken the pattern from a You Tube demonstration from which I have made notes and written up the pattern in a format that I can understand. This project may take some time…. I will keep you all updated on my progress
I am pleased to say that after showing my friend Cath how to crochet a granny square she too is also hooked and is now having a go at a shawl 🙂