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It’s time to celebrate! (Join me!)

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We are six months in, ladies and gents, and that means it’s time to celebrate!

When I started my project to learn a new craft every month, I didn’t think my little blog would get to this point. Part of me thought I would have given up, and part of me feared I’d get scoffed at by ‘serious’ crafters. And hey, sometimes I have! But through six months and six crafts, several thousand readers have found this blog and spurred me on just as much as the satisfaction of learning new crafts.

Your comments, shares, likes, and encouraging emails have pushed me to keep going. I’ve talked about how important validation is for crafters before, so to say thanks I have a week-long celebration. I’ll be sharing a tutorial related to each craft I’ve learnt so far, one each day.

The party will end with a yummy giveaway full of crafty bits and handmade goods. Details will be posted on June 28th so keep an eye out.

Tomorrow starts the tutorial marathon, with crochet!

Knit Now + Why I learned crochet

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"Why I learned crochet" on Crafting Fingers

Knit Now Issue 22 is on shelves right now.

If you take a careful look in its free crochet special, you’ll find Crafting Fingers!

Like it says in Knit Now, I’ve been knitting since I was eight. When I first started my challenge to learn a new craft every month, I knew crochet would have to be the first craft. In fact, at first my idea was to concentrate on just crochet for a whole year. I baulked at the idea, though, because there are so many other crafts I want to learn! So Crafting Fingers was born.

But crochet was still important and it had to be the first craft. I started with it for many reasons, but the biggest was because I had said, over and over, I never would (or never could) learn crochet. It looked complicated. I didn’t like some of the patterns I saw. I thought holding the yarn and the hook was really awkward. (So were knitting needles when I first started, but hey!)

Then I fell in love with vintage crochet doilies. I watched my mother crochet a baby blanket (with granny squares!) for her first grandchild. I discovered crochet home-wares and wanted my own textile bowls and coasters and lacy curtains.

Crafting Fingers in Knit Now magazine

I realised that [highlight bg=”#d3854b” color=”#ffffff”] if I’m supposed to be such a staunch supporter of others learning to craft,[/highlight] how could I not learn to crochet? If I wanted to support other beginners, I needed to remember what it felt like to be one again.

10 signs you’re a crafter

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1. When you don’t craft for a while your fingers itch to make something.

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2. You know exactly where everything is in your local craft shop.

3. Your table surfaces never stay clear for long. Crafting takes space!

4.  Lunch gets forgotten when you craft. (That’s why cakes are important.)