It’s one week into January already! And what a wonderful start to 2013 it has been. :) On top of starting my learn a craft a month project, I’ve been following Apartment Therapy’s fantastic ‘January Cure’. It’s is a month-long start to organising your home for the New Year. (Although the tips are fantastic for whenever!) So far it’s been a wonderful week of loving my home!
This weekend one of the assignments was to get flowers. (And to mop. But that’s not as fun to talk about.) I swept Alex off to Tesco and when we were there I got the flowers, as ordered. Cos I totally never like flowers otherwise, or anything! Gosh!
With £4 of flowers I made five arrangements for the home, using some makeshift vases:
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!
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?