Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It's Jill's fault but I suddenly decided I wanted this cowl and to get it I must learn how to crochet. Thankfully there was a crochet-along for it and I was actually able to complete this project despite deciding to change quite a bit about the pattern. Why do I do that to myself when I'm trying to learn something?!
I've been wanting to learn crochet for about two years but it took something like wanting a new accessory and not wanting to spend any money on it to really motivate me.
The pattern for this is actually free on the Lion Brand website and once I started looking around, discovered they have tons of awesome free patterns. Most of my yarn is Lion Brand (I'm kindof in love with their Wool-Ease and Homespun yarns since way back in my knitting days). I also spent two whole days on Ravelry favoriting free patterns for items I will spend considerable frustration on while trying to learn.
Thankfully the internet is full of bloggers and youtubers with all kinds of help. Maybe Matilda, Crochet Spot, Crafty Minx and Bethintk1 were all superbly helpful.
So far I've really only managed to crochet this cowl. Everything else I've ripped out several times to start over. In fact I decided I need to maybe start smaller and am working on some spa cloths. But soon, all those patterns lovingly filed away with dreams and stars in my eyes will soon be easy to make. I hope.
P.S. Can I complain a moment about new crochet hooks? Up until now I've only used vintage and they have a completely different weight, finish and feel to them. It's the same company too; so disappointing. Am now really sad garage sale season is over.