My mom taught me how to knit when I was 7. I’ve been knitting on and off ever since. Outfits for my Barbies, the odd scarf, at least one whole sweater, monogram for my room door; never anything too serious. Once or twice I picked up one of Mom’s crochet hooks, but my fingers were so stiff and my hands would cramp up after a few rows – I couldn’t figure out how to do rounds yet 😉
A few years ago a colleague and I started subscribing to The Art of Knitting. We had visions of bright shaker style throws on our beds. She managed to finish hers, mine only has about 36 squares done. I won’t elaborate too much since this post is about crochet. But one of the patterns in this set was for a knitted beanie with a crochet flower. I simply had to try to make the flower. I ended up with 6 petals instead of 5 – I just couldn’t see the stitches as I do in knitting. But I kept the hook I especially bought for the flower. Few months later I tried a simpler crochet flower pattern, and it came out alright. I started making more flowers, turning them into brooches that I sold with my beading items at the local seller’s market. I was starting to get hooked.
Eventually I took out a crochet pattern book at the library, Hekel vir die lekker, got some more hooks and yarn, and next thing I was making doilies, failed horribly at making a bootie, but I wanted to try everything in the book! Since I couldn’t keep on re-borrowing the book, I ordered my own copy as well as the sequel. (Do craft books have sequels?) Ever the geek of course I found Ravelry. I’ve stashed my meagre inventory online and browsed some patterns, added a few projects – I might have found a new obsession.
I haven’t gotten back into beading yet, never been much of a scrapbooker, stamping had it’s 15 minutes. So you probably won’t have much hope for this new hobby. Well I do, at least for a few weeks 😉