When I stop and think about it I have been crafting since I was about 7 years old. This was when I was in brownies (like girl guides/scouts) and decided to get my crafting patch by learning to knit. I did learn to cast on, casting on (and pulling off) over 1,000 stitches. After that I began to knit, and still have in my craft box a garter stitch scarf that is several meters long, but only 4 stitches wide. My lovely Nana was patient enough to sit with me and teach me to do Purl stitch when I was about 9 years old (see, even then I was into consolidating a skill before tackling something new:) ). By the time I was 15 years old, I had a stash of wool and some Jean Greenhowe books, knitting toys to sell at fetes and give to friends.
When I was a little older I tried my hand at Tatting, link to that story here.
But this post is about crochet, right? Yes, and here is that story: When I was around 9 years old there was a ‘trend’ at school to ‘finger knit’, essentially using your finger to loop thread and pull it over instead of a crochet hook. Again, I made an extraordinarily long chain of thread. Looking back, it is this repetition that helps to solidify skills. I know now that ‘finger knitting’ is a basic chain in crochet, and had tried once before to transfer this skill to follow a pattern. Again, I have tried on occasion to figure out DC (double crochet stitch) and TC (treble crochet) and start following a pattern…but it rarely looked right and I ended up in a tangled mess. Motivation to learn came from 2 places in the last few weeks; a friend was learning to crochet and I thought I would like to try again, and then, being winter now in Australia, none of my winter hats from last year have washed up that well, and I was in need of hats that cover my ears (I get sinusitis very easily…if my ears are covered when I am outside in cold wind, I have less chance of this occurring again). When I sat down last Sunday, and read the instructions in my ‘learn to crochet’ book very carefully it clicked! I did a sample patch of DC, pulled it apart and then did TC. Excited I then made a wonky flower, and then launched into a sample hat (in orange thread). By Monday I had finished this sample hat and began making another hat in beautiful Moda Vera Wool. By last night (Saturday) I had made my third hat for the week, from wool I had never quite finished knitting into a different hat. These are pictured below. Both are very warm, and I was able to easily extend the pattern to cover my ears. I am excited about Crochet and how quick it is to do. I am inspired as I can now make Amigurumi and an R2D2 hat for my son, LT. I still love tatting, but it is nice to have conquered another craft. Challenging my brain to think in different ways, and see how different crafts develop patterns is very interesting to me.
The Facebook page reached 150 likers/followers, so to celebrate I will be giving away one of my ‘craft packs‘ to a random winner. To be in the draw you will need to comment here on the blog, and have ‘liked’ the facebook page (So I can contact you through facebook) and tell us about your favourite craft at the moment and what motivated you to want to learn it. I will number the comments and use a random number generator to select the winner.
I will draw this next Sunday, July 14th, and will post internationally. Winner will be announced on Facebook on the same day. Draw now complete. You are welcome to comment, but the prize has been allocated, Thanks 🙂
So, what is your favourite craft at the moment and what motivated you to learn it?
Until next week, Happy Tatting (Or Crocheting :))