Saturday, April 19, 2008

Oh to be a Hooker

This morning I attended a beginner's crochet (hook, crochet, hooker, get it?) class. I was so excited and pumped to start making magnificent creations, starting with the granny square dish cloth we were going to make. Wow, crocheting is an art and sadly, in 1 morning, I did not master it. I learned how to make a chain, how to turn, how to single crochet and how to double crochet and I caught some of the lingo. After struggling with my soft acrylic baby yarn, the instructor gave me a ball of cotton yarn and I certainly saw a difference in how my chains and loops were forming. My technique isn't the best and I kept trying to "thread" my yarn through my fingers like the instructor showed me, and not move my hands and hook so much, but my fingers kept wanting to do things their way. I finally got in the groove and the end result? An approximate 1 1/2" by 3" sample piece with not-so-even rows or chains but counting was too difficult of a task to take on while I was busy trying to figure out which loop my hook should go through and how much tension to allow. Anyway, my little scrap is not too bad if I do say so myself, but it certainly is not a dishcloth (or a wash cloth, or much of a cloth at all actually). My 3 hour long lesson was a lot of fun but in that 3 hours I learned that the crochet world is HUGE and slightly overwhelming. I am going to keep on practicing and eventually, hopefully, make something I can be really proud of. But in the meantime I think I'll stick to my fabrics and sewing machine to create actual usable items. Crochet will be my escape for those times the sewing machine is acting up and I'd rather scrub a toilet than press and cut more fabric. :) To all you crocheters out there, what an amazing craft you have. Please leave a comment below so I can admire your work. And I am keeping my scrap and hopefully one day in the future, when I'm admiring an amazing blanket I crocheted, I remember my first little scrap and marvel at how far I have come.

The following pictures are creations of Etsy hookers and are what I hope to create someday. :)

Adorable flower pal - from HomeMadeZen


Dennis the Dinosaur - by WigglySee



Keep on Truckin' - by Moosethreads



Cute, no?



5 comments:

Helen said...

Oh I don't crochet well but I sure can knit! Stick with it and you'll be a pro in no time. I gave up too soon.

Valerie said...

Don't give up! It really is relaxing and fun. You learned alot for one lesson. Be proud of yourself!

MayRae said...

Sounds like you learned quite a bit of the basics. The rest is just technique that will come in time.

My mom's crocheted for years and only really remembers one stitch. I learned 2 years ago and can to a bit and am still learning and trying new things with it.

littlebird said...

i know exactly what you mean. i tried to learn one time, but as with most things in life it is harder than it looks ; )

Rachel said...

Absolutely precious!! As a non-dexterous left-handed person, I am envious.