Thursday, September 20, 2007

That's it. I'm hooked.

Mom and I took a crochet class at Craft-O-Rama last night (FUN place, and so much yummy fabric and fun stuff and great people) and it was a blast. I really enjoyed working with yarn and the hooks (I have this strange love for the actual *motion* of moving the hook in and out of the loops of yarn) and I had fun practicing a bit once I got home.

I'm still working on how to hold the yarn/hook/piece - it gets confusing to me. And, of course - like most beginners - I have the tendency to go waaaaay too tight. I'm also still a bit confused on identifying each stitch and spot where I need to push my hook through. My things got a bit wonky because I kept missing stitches or adding stitches. I admit it, I was chatting too much and not paying close enough attention. That's my only fear with crochet - can I chat or daydream while I do it? So far, I feel like I need to count a lot and pay attention. Two things I tend to avoid when crafting.

Mom had loads of fun and did really well. She was a little nervous and cracked lots of jokes about how "badly" she was doing. Give it up mom, you were rocking like nobody's business. Own it!

And what makes learning a new craft even more fun? How about having the sweetest little dog you could ever hope to meet curled up in your lap while you crochet? The teacher's dog (named Olive) sat in my lap for the first half of the class. I'd scratch her belly and snuzzle* her head and then get back to stitching. Every once in a while, she'd bop me with her head or paw, looking for some more lovin'. She even got tangled in my yarn. Nothing says fun and cozy like crocheting with a cute pup in your lap.

*Snuzzle is a technical term meaning to smoosh your nose into the dog's head and kisskisskisskisskiss while making idiotic lovey noises. In case you didn't know.


  1. Aaaaaah, yes welcome to the wonders of the hook! You'll be crocheting your own 'ghans and sweaters in no time at all. Isn't it the funnest thing ever?

    You and your mom look so much alike!

  2. So fun!
    Saw your embroidery on Feeling Stitchy tonight- you're famous.

  3. I've been crocheting since I was was a kid, but it took me 40 years to learn to knit! I had the same issue with 2 needles. and I know what yyou mean about the counting thing - that's why I hate counted cross-stitch and would much rather do free hand - aside from asthetics. Welcome to happy hooking! love the blog!

  4. I just learned to crochet about four months ago and am loving it!

    Don't worry, you are not alone. It took me several tries before I got how to hold the hook and yarn, but once you get it you'll be crocheting all the time!!!

    There are really cute free patterns on the web too.

  5. Now you can recognize what stage of learning to crochet I was in when I gave you that blanket! Yikes! But I have gotten much better, as you and your mom will. A picture of my latest undertaking (bed-sized, Michigan-colored blanket) is on MySpace. Good luck and have fun!


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