Friday, February 17, 2012

Joyfully Crocheting...I Think

I admit, I have a list of "to do" crafts that is a mile long, much of it resides on Pinterest. There is one thing that I have always wanted to learn but never fully committed to until to crochet!

When I was pregnant a friend at work gave me a crash course on how to make a baby blanket, which I never finished but seemed "okay" at. That was three years ago, and I decided not long ago to give it another try, crocheting that is, not pregnancy. Having since moved away from my dear friend and realizing no one in my vicinity crochets I had to look else where for instruction.

That is where my Nook Color comes into play, seems unconventional, I know, but with my newly downloaded copy of Crocheting for Dummies in hand I set to work.

I gathered my materials, as instructed in my new how-to manual:
  • A size H-8 U.S. (5mm) crochet hook
  • A light, solid-colored, worsted-weight yarn, preferably made of acrylic or wool fibers

I'm that "over-achiever" at times, so one hook was just not acceptable to me, hence I purchased a small collection.  I found them colorful, affordable, and an inspiration to try additional crocheting projects. 

With materials and manual at hand I began to read, and teach myself, all about Crocheting.  Here are a couple of my beginning "swatches". 

At this point I was feeling pretty good about myself, and jumped into the first project in the book, a crocheted hand towel.  This project is just about done, at least I think it is.  There should be 40 rows at completion, and if I'm counting my rows correctly there are 32 right now.  (Subtle hint for those who actually KNOW how to crochet to help me out by letting me know if I'm right, and how about which side of this work of art is the "right" side and which is the "wrong" side. Thank you kindly!) 

Now for the "moment of truth", I can take constructive criticism, and in fact welcome it, how does it look?  I think that my mother will be the fine recipient of my first work of art (don't tell her, it's a surprise), but I would love to know that it is "gift worthy" first!  In addition, I purchased this lovely "chunky" yarn that I am hoping to transform into a joyful scarf for Hailey before the cold weather is entirely gone and I would like to know I'm on the right track before I delve into that. 

I hope that those who already crochet see the humor in my new adventure and can reminisce of the time when they first learned to crochet.  And for those who are thinking of taking up the hobby/craft I hope I've inspired you to join me in my adventure! 


  1. Congrats on picking crochet back up! My first project was a total disaster. Like any craft, it takes lots and lots of practice. You may also want to experiment with different brands of hooks. I am not a fan of Ball, but I do love Susan Bates. The head is a little different and I find it hold the yarn better. I can't wait to see how your next project turns out!

    1. Thank you for the feedback Melissa, I appreciate it! It is so hard to know if you are on the right track or not unless you know what you are doing. You've given me the confidence to keep going and finish the first and start the second project. I'll have to look into the other hooks, I just grabbed the "cheapys" since I didn't know if I could even do it. Thanks again!


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