Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Creative Space - The World of Crochet!

My creative space this week is akin to a ride in the dentist's chair without pethadine! I excitedly...boldly....just plain stupidly entered the world or crochet a few Tuesday nights ago as I began a wee course to learn this art.



Armed with my Grandyma's old metal hooks it was clear from the beginning that this was definitely not going to be a craft I could wing! Two hours later....the investment of a new crochet hook that I can only describe as having training wheels....and countless swear words (in my head!) I produced this avant garde triangle wash cloth. Apparently I was a little too big for my boots and taught myself to decrease. Shame I didn't even realise!!


The next week saw a teensy glimmer of a silver lining in the dark cloud that had become my world of crochet and by the end...my first ever granny square! I was...and still am...super chuffed with this one.


And then in the comfort of my home no doubt egged on by my new found granny square confidence I had a crack at a little flower pattern. And lo and behold....a flower I made (albeit a rather wonky one!).

Tonight is the last night of the course and although I won't be returning home with a much coveted vintage inspired afghan rug for poppet's bed, I will hopefully have the blossomings of a new craft nestled safely into my brain.



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20 comments:

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Good luck with your crocheting! IT is the right season for it and I am sure if you perservere you will find it gets better. I crochet sporadically, in winter usually, and it is a great craft to have in the car. A few granny squares make a great rug! BTW what is the yarn you are using? It doesn't look like wool.

george said...

I set up a little crochet class starting last saturday. I loved it and managed to crochet an edge to a blanket. Totally addicted now. Can't wait for next class am gonna tackle the granny square. Nice work on your flower.

Emma said...

I love the wonky square - it's just like the wonky squares I make to remind myself I shouldn't make them! And the ones I knit to remind myself it's just not my bag!! You are progressing well... well done you!!

Chantal said...

I am so impressed!!! I can't crochet but have everything here I need to start...have been putting it off, putting if off. I love that you have shown your progress -That first wash cloth has a lot of character : ) You can only make your first piece once - that's pretty special. Well done! PS. Saw a garland made with a little flower like yours about every 25cm along the stretch of yarn - Even at this stage you're now capable of making something sweet like that!

Catherine said...

Yeah good on you:) Crochet is sooo much fun and perfect for this coold winter we're having. Your granny square has come up a real treat Steph, what out you'll be addicted before you know it:) Enjoy your last class tonight. xo

Michelle said...

thats gorgeous Steph! I have firmly tied my hands behind my back whenever I have thought of crochet this year, I find it so addictive and have so many quilting projects that I need to be finishing first! good luck xx

Maxabella said...

Sheesh, Steph, how cool are you! You're already making those sweet little flowers that I love so much. Maybe crochet isn't as beyond me as I thought. I'm inspired by your gameness! x

Sam Findlay said...

Your flower is gorgeous! I have just started knitting and would love to crochet but I think one thing at a time! I'm very impressed with your efforts!

Tweed Delights said...

This is inspiring! I'm just starting to learn how to crochet (I'm sure I used to know how to do it!). It's a little trickier than I thought, but I'm getting there :)
Your crochet looks great!

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

yippeeee lovely girl!!! that granny square will have the granny's tickled pink (literally too!) good on you for going to a class - i just bumbled my way through and can only manage a granny square and a little love heart - but i totally want to make some of those flowers, they are tres cute! Enjoy your new sport, i mean craft xx

Karen Wilson said...

Excellent effort on the crochet. You're triangle wash cloth looks very similar to my first attempt.

I also felt a bit a more successful after completely a granny square and I think I really got the hang of crochet when I started doing circles. Not sure if I've crocheted anything square since

Kylie said...

Love it - I have started doing little hexi's and they are so cute. Will have to teach you those too. Am giving Posie a lesson in a few weeks:)

Bungalowgirl said...

Isn't crochet just so addictive? I did some classes in February and love how you can actually make and complete something so quickly. I know have about 4 unfinished projects though as I keep going on and off my colour choices or I don't follow the instructions properly and mess something up. This weather certainly inspires some picking up the hook again though. Your flower is fantastic for a very new beginner.melx

karlyn Jackson said...

Good on you for sticking with it. You are a lot further along the crochet path than me. Looking good!

Lucie said...

I tried to teach myself with books and youtube but all I make is....definitely awful... "choses ou trucs" of which my cat doesn't even dare looking at...Argh! I must take a class, you seem to manage pretty well!!! I'm green with envy :D

circle retreat quilter said...

Hmm i am intrigued? do you work in the dental industry? who else would associate penthrox? I love granny squares and your little flower glued onto a hair clip will be great for poppet. Stacey

Deb said...

Ha ha. I have the same problem with my crochet squares! But you've nailed it with the flower. :)

OnePerfectDay said...

Love the yarn!
Love the flower too!

ingrid said...

clever you! My crochet attempt resulted in a mishappen little blanket suitable for only for the little people doll house.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

These look very similar to my first crochet attempts. At first I thought it seemed like the most impossible thing to master and I nearly gave up in frustration (as did my mother-in-law who was teaching me) However, after a while it kind of clicked and whilst I'm still far from being an expert, it is getting easier. Looking forward to seeing your creations x x

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