My buddy Lauren, from wilting with Lauren fame, wanted to learn crochet. My grandma taught me years ago, though I didn’t quite get it and wasn’t very good at it.
I still had a hook and yarn and I thought it would be something that we could do together at the Where Women Gather meetings. After watching some videos on youtube and some big practice with ugly green yarn I got the hang of it again. Correction, I actually got it this time.
I really wanted to make a slouchy beanie hat and an infinity scarf. I made an infinity scarf – though I do not have a photo right now. I’ll get it for you. I used the pattern by “On the Wings of a Dove” and it was a great pattern – though I had trouble with twisting.
After searching I was able to find a pattern at “Jenn likes Yarn” After 4 bad attempts (ran out of yarn twice, and used a cotton at one point – epic fail) I made one for myself in neon coral and crocheted it really loose. So I tried again using the yarn that she suggested. I used the Red Heart Soft yarn, which is 256 yards. I will express frustration though. As this was only my second project and with the failures of my previous attempts due to yarn shortage I didn’t want to make the same mistake, and I found that the pattern didn’t really inform the user how much yarn is needed, one skein, two? I left three comments to ask, but alas no response so I was on my own. I discovered it takes about 3/4 of the 256 yard skein.
I will admit that I did enjoy making this pattern and have made quite a few since.
These are for my friend Chris and her little girl M.
Then I figured Ella needed one.
I’m making myself one too, so I can match the girls. The color is called Grape in case you needed to know.
After I saw the hat I figured Ella needed some cute crochet booties. I had many failed attempts, many. But I finally was able to find a pattern that worked for me – though I merged two patterns together to get a cleaner toe and cuff.
I’d like to try those cute animals as well, but since I only have a couple hooks I have to wait until I can build up my collection.
Am I giving up sewing? NO! But it does give me another option for an evening activity, especially when I’m not in the mood for stitching.