For those of you that don’t know, this week has been the 2nd annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 28th March – 3rd April 2011. I’ve been rather lax in participating for a number of reasons, but do intend to blog for each of the seven subjects, it’s just going to take me a bit longer. I am starting with todays blog suggestion which is;
Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.
Well one of the most recent things that I have learnt to do is crochet. As with knitting I’ve started with a simple square, and just progressed to a ‘granny square’ so far. I know that sounds a bit naff, but I’ve successfully made a whole blanket – I even managed to make a pretty edging!
Now I’ve managed to set myself up a bit here, as firstly I got asked to make a pillow to go with it, then secondly number two son has asked for a larger version to go on his bed. Not pink. I don’t mind, every square I make gets me more efficient and proficient with the crochet needle, and it’s nice to be able to make something for someone that I know they actually want, will like and appreciate.
What I envy I suppose, is when people can take these, what are really quite basic stitches, and make a ‘thing’ out of them. It’s doesn’t matter what exactly, just something a little more practical, something that people can comment on as being unusual, and then they can be envious when they find they can’t just head to the high street to get their own.
To this end I have been flicking through the book that I leant to crochet from; The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller (the same person that taught me to knit fact fans!) and have come up with what I hope is going to be a simple challage, a pair of fingerless gloves.
What’s that next to the book I hear you cry?! Well, I had to go shopping didn’t I? As much as I like the fishnet effect using the black, I thought I might like something with a little more colour, so that is what I brought! Also, I have been making a lot of things with acrylic recently, and thought that my gloves should be something a little better at least.
It’s just a basic 30% wool, 70% premium acrylic blend by King Cole, but it is lovely to me and I can’t wait to work with it.
I have the bed blanket to finish first though (unless I run out of yarn and don’t have time to buy any more of course…) so watch this blog for further updates!