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Friday, 25 March 2011

It's All About The Crochet!

Hello and welcome back! I have been a little naughty and missed a blog last week! However the reason was that I was holding off telling you some news until it was all signed, sealed and delivered!

Myself and David have bought a house! (Sorry everyone who already knows, you will be feeling somewhat disappointed by the lack of surprise) And now that we have the mortgage settled I can actually tell you about it!!!! Yes our own 2 bed house which is out of the city centre and nearby fields............sort of. We get the keys on the 5th of May (41 days.....not that I'm counting!) and we are to say the least quite excited yet bewildered! As you can imagine I have already been visualising how to decorate the house, what wallpapers and paint I want etc I will be brimming full of projects soon enough! But I will tell you more about that in future blogs!

So moving on the main theme of today, crochet! I have been battling with crochet for a while. For some reason the lack of a second needle and lack of understanding where to put the crochet hook into next was too much for me to overcome! Now do believe me I have tried many times. I went to a drop in workshop at John Lewis, I didn't get it. I scoured the net for instructions anrd tutorials, I didn't get it and I even tried to take out books on it, still couldn't get it! So I was really hoping that when I signed up to my beginners crochet class at I Heart Art I would finally pick it up! It was my last hope before I gave up on crochet for good and stuck to knitting. I did hear that you were either a crocheter (is that a word?) or a knitter anyway!

In week 1 of the class Janet taught us how to do double crochet, seemed simple enough once you got the hang of it but for some reason I was so slow! It one stitch forward and unravel two back. After 2 hours I hadn't got very far! But nevertheless I hoped that week 2 I would progress as long as I got some practise in. Now I have to say practise really does make perfect, although I wouldn't go as far as to say this is perfect, it's perfect in a bit of a squinty edged way. Here are my 3rd, 4th and 5th attempts at a double crochet square.

Double Crochet

So after my progress I got a bit confident and a bit cocky. Hurrah I can do double crochet BRING on the granny square. So after a bit of googling I found a granny square pattern and decided to have a bash at it......

Hmm I think I need some more practise least the first one looks vaguely square. After some more googling I came across some beautiful crochet wonders that made me inspired (and jealous). I love the look of crochet and have always wanted to do it! The woman's blog who I stumbled accross was Lucy's called Attic 24. Go and have a look at her use of colours will completely grab you, and I fell in love with the crochet hearts and Japanese flower scarf she has done. I love it so much I hope Lucy doesn't mind me putting her photo of her scarf up!!!!

Lucy's amazing Japanese Flower Scarf!

Feeling inspired I messaged Janet telling her "Look, look I want to be able to do this!" Let's just say I was trying to run before I could walk! But once I master crochet a little more I would love to do something like this!

Yesterday I went back for week 2 of my crochet class and learnt how to do half double crochet. Look's like all my practise has paid off I was finally getting the hang of the crochet malarky. I whipped up my square by the end of the class!

Half Double Crochet Square

Not quite ready for the granny squares yet Janet introduced me to working in a round first, which I also managed to complete before the end of the class!

Looks a bit like a shell to me! With my growing grasp of crochet demonstrated Janet gave me the green light to move onto the granny square! Hooray! So last night I left with a smile on my face ready to tackle the granny square! This is the granny square pattern I will be working on!

I hope Granny gives me a break and doesn't make it too hard on me...................
Watch this space to see the results!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you're getting into the crocheting! And your squares are looking nice and neat! Good luck with the granny aquare!