So last week over on The Whimsical Hen, I wrote a post about crochet and granny squares. You can follow the link to read that before continuing, or just jump right in!
I love creating cozy spaces in my home. I’m a sucker for a chair in a corner where I can curl up to read or crochet – a nap may or may not be involved. For me, a crochet blanket draped across the back of a sofa or across the arm of a chair is an invitation to have a seat and get comfy.
I have made blankets for many members of my family but not really for myself. Beginning this year, that is a situation that is going to change. I am tired of collecting pictures and patterns which leads to dreaming, longing, and yarn “shopping” but no tangible item for me snuggle with in one of my cozy corners.
I have been crocheting my entire life – well almost. I wasn’t born with a crochet hook in my hand, but for over a half a century (wow that sounds old), I have used a hook and yarn to create stuff. Most everything I make is for the home. I rarely make clothes, but when I do I love wearing crochet t-shirts.
Somewhere along the line I began resting on my laurels and stopped pushing myself to learn new skills. Crocheters around the world are creating amazing crochet and I am embarrassed to admit I have not kept up. Thanks to Instagram and Pinterest we can all find inspiration, tips, patterns, and a community of like-minded makers willing to cheer us on to success.
I am giving myself a swift kick in the rear and challenging myself to try new techniques WHILE actually making a project. I love to swatch to figure out a stitch or technique but then don’t really ever make anything. Maybe that is why I love freeform. It is perfect for crochet doodlers like me.
I’ve got a granny square throw in the works for my whimsy room. Reds, pinks (yarn on order) and other cottage inspired colors. But this is a long term project that doesn’t require new skills. So, I need something that forces me to follow someone else’s pattern while teaching me something I haven’t tried before. I opened my new book, Amanda Bloom’s Little Box of Crochet, The Story So Far…
For those of you who don’t know about Little Box of Crochet, please follow the link and read the story. It is both heartbreaking and life affirming. It is the story of love, loss, and the incredible world wide outpouring of love and kindness in the face of great pain.
There are so many things in this book I want to make with patterns written by some of the most talented crochet designers in the U.K. and Australia. I really didn’t know where to start until I found this pattern.
I’ve always wanted to make a cute little coin purse. I bought the frame. I looked at patterns. I saved projects on Pinterest and Ravelry. And that’s where it ended. I always had something else to do. Well, no more. Because I’m making this!
It is called The Little Flower Purse designed by Greta Tulner for Little Box of Crochet. I was gifted the book and this is the first thing I decided to make. Because it uses small amounts of cotton yarn, I raided my stash and got started.
I didn’t plan on a Mardi Gras theme, but I like it anyway. It still needs at least three more colors and I am limited by what I have on hand. Who knows where this will go. But I don’t care. I’m doing it!
Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but held back for any reason? We all do it, but I would encourage you to step out and give things a try. It can be frustrating but the reward of achievement and success is so very sweet.
Come follow my progress on Instagram; I am @sherylmakestuff. I’d love to see what you make too!
Crochet is simply the act of making fabric with a hook and yarn through the process of drawing one loop through another. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? In theory it is, but at the same time, in the hands of someone who has practiced this craft to the point of perfection, incredibly beautiful works of art are created. I have explored all facets of the fiber arts and no matter what I always seem to come back to crochet.
I think the texture of crochet fabric is absolute gorgeous. It makes me so happy. I see yarn and I think of what beautiful thing it could become. So, as I embark on this journey, I hope you come along for the ride and have as much fun as I plan on having.