Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hooking ... Quite Happily

I suckered my grandma into giving me a few quick lessons in crocheting while she was here for John's birthday. She was quite happy to oblige and hook.

Oh boy. I'm on to something. I haven't made anything yet but I can see some dishcloths in my future. I've also found this web site with great videos. Reading the directions on patterns still stumps me but I guess I'll figure it out.


I had this groovy yarn in my modest stash. The big block grandma and I worked on together. The skinny snake is a not so great attempt and the smaller piece is a much better venture into the world of hooking. I still have an unfinished scarf that I was trying to knit. I don't know if that will ever get done or just put in the Land of Unfinished Projects. Keeping the tension just right is still tough for me but I got all excited and decided to just dive in. This is supposed to be the beginning of a washcloth. The gauge is 13 stitches to 4 inches. Well, this is 22 to 2 1/2 inches! Yikes. I'm really tense!



I'm just going to keep practicing with this a bit and then start over. Hopefully I will have relaxed a bit! Crocheting moves at a much faster pace ... maybe I will finish something by Christmas ... 2009! In the meantime, I'll be trying to hook happily ;-

7 comments:

Kim McBirnie said...

I really wish I could crochet - something in my brain make up just doesn't get it. I tried to teach myself a while ago, and in the end my husband got so fed up with my bad temper and muttering he took it off me and had a go himself. He got it straight away!
Kim

~ANG said...

Oh, now see, you've learned something that I want to learn. My grandma crochets a lot...probably even in her sleep. She never taught me though...but I'm feeling the love of yarn taking over me.

hetty said...

Welcome to the world of happy hooking! It's a great place to be! I'm looking forward to seeing some more of your work.

periwinkle said...

according to a lady ( who crochets)in my local wool shop she says that crocheters are selfish and don't like teaching their craft - so hooray for grandma - now I'm going to watch the vids on your link - wishing you luck
lisa xinghestu

Kris said...

You'll love it! It works up so much faster then knitting - a scarf is done in 2 nights. I never ventured past a scarf... one of these days!

queen of everything said...

i don't do as well at crochet as knitting. i can never figure out which to crochet back into. i taught myself, so i'll have to watch the links and see if i can figure it out.

Lil D said...

Ah, thank you for posting that video site. I had a quick 20 minute lesson from a friend a year or so ago, which got me started, but I keep abandoning projects when new unknown abbreviations show up.