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July 15, 2011

a new obsession

swatches and flowers

I've been having a little conflict with all my yarn lately. while I still love it, it's taking up a ton of space that I could use for, umm, walking around or getting to my dresser drawers. I haven't touched my knitting needles in over a year (and I had to look that up!) and have been threatening to post my stash on ebay just to get rid of it. but, I haven't. there's always that "but" isn't there? yarn has too many possibilities spun into its fiber. that grey merino could be a snuggly cardigan while that silk could be a lazy shawl. that alpaca, the design may not exist yet! it's almost too much for me to handle.

I'm crocheting!

before I said goodbye to my stash, I randomly decided to (re)learn how to crochet. maybe this time it would stick and I could use up my yarn? the first time I tried to learn the whole one stick thing seemed like some weird juju. of course I only have it five minutes so there's that. ever since then I've only used my hooks for a tubular cast on and that's pretty much it. I tried to learn from books, but then when I would try to read a crochet pattern it all looked like floating letters and numbers. this time I promised myself I wouldn't give up and decided to sign up for a crochet class on craftsy. I wanted clear videos, instructions, and some sort of forum and this fit all those requirements. there's also the whole not having to leave the house aspect, I could be in my pj's while crocheting. I wasn't slowing down the class with all my questions and there wasn't someone slowing me down when I was ready to move on. it even turned out to be cheaper than going somewhere for a lesson.

flower in progress

I started off with vickie howell's crochet lab and finally got what single, half-double, and double crochet are ingrained in my head. and following along, reading patterns became less mystical especially when she goes over how to read a crochet chart. guys, I didn't even know there were crochet charts! why aren't there more charts out there? or are they out there but I'm just looking in all the wrong places? anyway, I wanted to keep going and learn more about crocheting in the round so I signed up for linda permann's crafty crochet embellishments. the intro included a crochet refresher that I found super useful, I picked up a couple of more crochet tricks there. I haven't gone through all the lessons yet, but I've been having fun making flowers and trying out different ways to start (the adjustable ring finally makes sense!). there are even some earrings in one of the lessons I want to try out. these two courses gave me enough confidence to start on some real projects, I have limited patience for just working on swatches it seems. I started a calm cowl with some malabrigo silky merino I had leftover and a half granny square shawl that's around here somewhere. I even started some japanese flowers, but apparently I need more sock yarn scraps. will I be able to use up all my yarn now? probably not, but I am having fun going through it! I may even need more yarn so I can make blankets later.

craftsy was cool enough to give me a discount code for my readers. if you'd like to take a craftsy class, be it crochet, knitting, or sewing, you can follow this link and your class will be discounted to $29.99! I signed up for sew retro class already, though it'll probably take me a while to get started on it.

Comments

Nice! I'm glad you're putting your stash to good use. Although I would have been happy to relieve you of some of it off ebay. :)

I'm obsessed with crochet. I find it almost as rewarding as sewing. Almost.

I always find that varigated yarn looks better croched (verb tense?) than knit so having one more skill in your arsenal for using all the yarn up is definitely a good thing! It's great that you got your yarn juju back too :-)

Oh wow, that's fantastic. If you ever want to try one of my patterns, just drop me a hint and I'll gladly send you a copy...

I'm pretty jealous that you took a class with Cal too :-P It's a bit far away for me, but I have to take the plunge someday :my copy of her book has also been sitting on my shelf for too long ;-)

YAY for crochet! it's so cool that it has reinvigorated your yarny love... can't wait to see some finished goods!

aw, and Sylvie: i hope we will get to meet one day too!

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