I finally decided to learn crochet! Or should I say 'teach myself' crochet. My main reason for wanting to learn is that I do my sewing through the day and not in the evenings, meaning that I sit infront of (rubbish) tv most evenings achieving not very much! Hopefully, now, I can crochet away and have something pretty to show for all those evenings slumped in front of the tv :)
Hearing of my new venture, a Twitter friend @LforLemonade offered to send me some wool she no longer needed, I had a few more colours to play with!
Thank you so much Emma!! Emma has provided me with much crochet inspiration as she is fantastic at it herself, you can see her blog here.
I used a few YouTube videos and got myself started. To be honest I found the whole theory of the basic stitches pretty easy, it was just a matter of getting my hands to do what my brain wanted! And getting that dreaded tension right. So I practiced and practiced,
Rows and rows,
Until finally my crochet was looking less holey, more even, and well...just pretty :)
Not wanting to stop there, I tried doing a circle -
So many rows, all unravelled again so I could re-use the wool. I needed to make something to keep. I decided on a jar cosy and ended up making 3! My first one was the stripey one, I love how this turned out, the picture doesn't show the colours very well as I took it at night. The blue and pink were created soon after -
They are completely brought to life with a glowing candle inside, shining through the gaps in the crochet, just beautiful! I think I may end up using the stripey one as a pen-pot as it's so pretty (and the gaps are not so big so the light doesn't shine through at all).
As pretty as they are, I decided that one only needs so many jar/candle cosies! It was time to start a 'proper' project. I've collected a few ideas on my crochet Pinterest board and eventually decided on a gorgeous cowl.
I used this tutorial, lost count of my rows and just ended up making it as wide as I wanted. Nearly there....
It only took me a couple of evenings to make, of course I also managed to squeeze in a little bit of crochet through the day when I had 10 minutes to spare! But it was really enjoyable to just sit and crochet row after row, whilst sat on the sofa watching tv. And I have something beautiful to show for it!
Here's a picture of me wearing it - do you know how difficult it is to take a picture of yourself in a mirror!? (I chopped half my head off too, oops!)
So, that just leaves the question of what to make next? I was thinking of a cream scarf :)
In my next blog post I'll show you some sewing related things I've made to go with my 'new' hobby!