Saturday, 28 April 2012

3KCBWDAY6- Improving My Skillset

One year ago, I took up my mom's old 4.5 mm crochet hook, some DK I had in the house, and proceeded to learn how to crochet.

Three days later , I gained muscle control over my fingers and the crochet hook.

At one stage I sat with The Happy Hooker on my lap, You Tube open in front of me, and my sister on the line from Ireland, to try and figure out how to make a DC.

Since then, I proceeded to successfully make one square.

Hot on its heels followed various simple cowls, a baby blanket, a vintage stripe blanket -gone-wrong-gone-wrap, two mug warmers, some coasters (actually testers),  two cushions for our beach house, a giant granny for my boy, flowers to mark my new suitcase, part of my aunty's to-be African Flower blanket, a Rainbow Ripple, another baby ripple still to be revealed here, some simple Christmas decorations, two winter scarves for my sisi, a flower scarf for me, some potholders, two amigurumi, a vintage brooch, a cushion for my cousin, a cushion and hearty garland for a Curly Girl, and a monster pouch for my iPhone. And a beanie. And a superlovely MyPicot scarve for me.

On holiday in Swakopmund, Namibia, April 2011, trying to figure out this DC thing

I learnt about British and American crochet language. Now, just for fun, throw Afrikaans into the mix - the terms are totally unrelated to the English counterparts. And for more fun, try Dutch, 'cause that where Afrikaans comes from, and no one can blame you if you want to throw your hands into the air and run away.

I learnt that crochet has a back and front :-D

I started blogging about my adventure, and in the process learnt so much from great ladies around the world, who are generous with their patterns and advice, not to mention inspiration.

And with online friend and fellow South African-based-in-London, Natasja King,  I started a crochet group on Facebook, that is now 1120 members strong.  What a joy that is!  At "Ons Hekel" I have seen the most beautiful ideas, met up fellow hookers and learn more every day.

So, in the next year, I Will:
  1. learn to hook from a diagram
  2. complete a Japanese flower scarve adapting from an existing doilie type pattern
  3. learn to hook from a diagram
  4. go beyond simple amigurumi
  5. learn to hook from a diagram.
  6. continue meeting new hookers at Ons Hekel and meet up with them where possible.
Did I mention I want to learn to hook from a diagram?

Then I'll order One Japanese Book for myself, as reward :-)


Ana BC (lanas Hilos) said...

Lovely post! You need to tackle the diagrams. You will soon learn they are not that scary and VERY very helpful. I am hooked
Ana BC

PigTails said...

WOOO from 0 to 200 in 10 seconds LOL - that is what jumps to my mind when I think of you and your work. you are rocking it. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you've come so far!

Kay G. said...

You just learned to crochet one year ago? Wow.
I have crocheted for a very long time, but it is not easy for me. It's so much better now with all these great blogs, like yours!
I too love the Japanese scarf and the diagrams, would love to learn how to read them.

Reinier + Jo-Ellen said...

Sounds great! When you learn to crochet from a diagram, maybe you should organise a crochet hour or something at Bella Sophias, then you can teach me!!

Stel said...

Thanks all for the kind comments. Jo-Ellen, one of these days I'm going to teach a friend how to do flowers - of course, at Bella Sophia :-) Will let you know when we have a get-together there again.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I love your first granny!