A lot of people in my knitting group have taken up crochet, so I decided I should too. I have a book, Erica Knight’s one, and I am attempting the easiest pattern.
I do like how easy it is to undo crochet and have another go. This yarn is cotton and it’s a bit splitty, which is not good for a beginner. It’s all double crochet, but at least I get to be proficient at this stitch.
I’ve started working on my squares again – it was an effort to remember what to do. Fortunately I still had fabulous instructions from here.
While working on my squares, I have been watching the latest version of Poldark – I would definitely recommend it – but isn’t that man’s life terrible? Everything goes wrong time and time again. Anyone read the novels?
This year my New Year’s resolution was to do less and just be – several people I know have terminal illnesses and I think it might be time to just enjoy life without rushing from one thing to another always trying to do more, be more etc. This means I am hoping to spend more time pottering about with craft – but no rushing to the end I’m just going to enjoy the process.
I have started my Granny Square blanket – four squares so far. I have to say I find these quite addictive and they really require no concentration – perfect for TV watching. The yarn is a Bendigo classic in 12 ply that I had in my stash. This yarn feels lovely I would definitely work with it again. I’ve worked out that I can make 8 squares per 200g ball (I made a square and weighed it!). Once I have made 8 squares (I have 4 so far), I will buy a different colour – I am trying to keep my stash accumulation down.
This whole crochet lark was so that I could make Granny Squares! I thought I should just try to make one and I found a great tutorial here. The three chains in each corner make the shape stay nice and square. It was really quite addictive – I will stop after just one more round. Now my plan is to make a load of these and make a blanket – one colour at a time. I already have two balls of this in my stash.
I have never attempted crochet before – but I have always thought that making granny squares would be relaxing and so when it became clear I needed to relax I decided to learn.
This book (Crochet Workshop by Erika Knight) is beautiful. I am working on the first (and simplest) project a dishcloth. I have learnt how to make a foundation chain (it is really just finger knitting) and how to double crochet (is double crochet called single crochet in the US?).
I like the fact that is seems impossible to drop a stitch! I am not entirely sure how to control the yarn – at the moment it feels very awkward, but I suspect I will get better with practice. I have been making the time to practice I think it is keeping me sane (even in the school holidays!) and while practising I have been watching an early BBC adaptation of Emma.
Jane Fairfax (in the foreground) and Emma and Mr Knightley
It is not as beautiful as modern adaptations, but it follows the plot of the novel very closely. Definitely worth watching if you are an Austen fan.
I am quite keen to try one of these (ripple blanket), but obviously not for a bed – sofa woobie (as my girls say) would be big enough!