So, I’ve been learning to crochet for about a month. Slow and steady wins the race, I always say. (I’m seriously containing my laughter at typing that, because I am so far from ever saying or following through with that mantra.)
I took my first crochet class in January at a lovely local yarn shop. I learned to begin and the double crochet. I’ve been back once to refresh and get more help and my next class is next weekend to learn more.
This is the start of my second scarf. Which I’m actually thinking I may make short and with a toggle button. But, I’m trying to be very careful that it’s even. Which so far, has proven successful. My first scarf didn’t turn out well, it was very uneven. But, it’s all for practice, right?
Anyhow, I thought you may be interested in my progress. Especially for those who have crocheted or knitted or would like to learn.
If anyone is interested, the two books that my teacher recommended for picking up crochet are Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Happy Hooker and Crocheting: In Plain English. I’m planning to get both after checking them out in person.
So far, I’ve found crocheting to be much easier than knitting, which I learned briefly but never stuck with for a longer period. I’ve been attempting to practice at least 3 times each week, which hasn’t been a problem. Even 15 or 20 minutes helps. I find crocheting much more relaxing than knitting and it was easier to pick up (which my teacher told me is probably because I have knitted and done needlepoint).
(Ryan took the photo above. After snapping the first shot, he said, “That one was perfect. We make a great team.” That boy makes me laugh. I would have taken 150 photos before deciding one was perfect.)
And, for kicks, let’s show the picture of Lola giving me the STARE DOWN while I crochet. Stare.down. If she were a human, she’d be that creepy guy who doesn’t understand that you should break eye contact. It’s like she thinks it’s a staring contest. And, she has definitely won that contest.
(And, let’s all pretend that Kim actually does not have a double chin in this photo, mmmkay? Unfortunately, my non-existent photo editing skills do not extend to removing double chins. Which is a shame. A crying shame.)
(And, if you are wondering where one can find such a hip and happening fleece sweatshirt from Old Navy, which is my second favorite behind my Woodward University sweatshirt, I’m afraid you are out of luck. I got this sweatshirt when I was in 7th grade. And worn it regularly since then. It’s practically vintage and no one would ever give it to Goodwill. So, sorry about that friends. Some looks are just unattainable.)
If you’d like to meet my friend who is an pro crocheter, go see Kellie. She’s one who inspired me to take up the art.