learning to crochet

January’s Simple Pleasures + Other Highlights

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Country cottage inspired bouquet

It was beautiful in Chepstow today. The morning started out grey, but by midday it was breezy and bright and the earthy smell of spring was in the air.

The local florist shop smelled heavenly of lilacs when I stepped inside. You could call today’s bouquet a treat for having kept to my 2013 goals so far, but honestly I just thought they were too beautiful to miss. (Insert naughty self-satisfied giggle here.)

Whenever I see creamy pink roses I dream of bringing them home to a magazine-esque country cottage filled with vintage floral prints and the smells of home-made bread and wild flowers.

… We can all dream, right? ;)

My Project 365 is so far a success. I’ve taken just over 700 photos. That’s more than I took in the entire year of 2012.

Don’t worry! I’m not going to share all 700, just some highlights:

My wonky crochet adventures!

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My wonky crochet adventures, from Crafting Fingers

Ahh, there it is. My first granny square, ever, and my first proper crochet project!

Isn’t it adorably wonky?

Learning to crochet is something I never thought I would do, but look! There’s the proof that ‘cannot’ isn’t permanent, after all. A perfect start to my ‘learn a craft a month’ project.

It’s been years since I learned to knit, but learning crochet brings back memories of dropped stitches and scary looking patterns. I have to confess the first hour into crochet I was ready to scrap it! The yarn I had chosen to start with was a very beautiful sock yarn, but it was splitting all over the place and driving me crazy.

I switched to a thinner, tougher yarn just in time to save my sanity, and off I went. Whew!

It’s fascinating to make something with your hands when you barely understand what’s going on. I sat there and followed some step-by-step pictures in a book, and then I was holding the start to a granny square in my hands.

It was a very amateur, wobbly start, but I was proud. And still am, thank you very much! 

And January’s craft to learn is …!

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Crochet hearts

Yep. I’m becoming a hooker!

.. But not that kind. A crochet hooker.

Ahh, crochet. Beautiful and simple, all you need is a ball of yarn and a hooked needle.

It’s difficult to talk about my interest in crochet without talking about knitting. Knitting, which I learned from my aunt when I was eight-years-old, is one of my favourite crafts. It’s calming, portable, and versatile.

My mom (who has a craft blog, too, go check her out!) always thought it was funny that I knew how to knit but had never learned to crochet. Crochet is, after all, considered the simpler form: it requires yarn, and one needle. Simple, right?