It has been a long time since I posted last, mainly because I wasn’t sure what to write about. I hope your new year is going great so far; as for mine, I’ve been doing some reading, some LEGO building, some TV watching, and getting back into crocheting and other yarn things.
I last crocheted about two years ago. I remember I had been doing a lot of Christmas gifts and I asked my mom to bring me back some yarn from the United States because we didn’t get it here. I finally picked up that yarn to make something this year. So go me!
I don’t know why I suddenly got the urge to crochet; possibly it’s because of the little crochet kits my brother-in-law gave my kids for Christmas. My oldest one got a Safari animal kit and the littlest a Disney princess kit. I’ve never really been great at making amigurumi figures but the kids were begging me to make them one of the figures, so I made a lion for the oldest and a Cinderella for the littlest. Making them made me realize that I needed to brush up on my crocheting and since the kids were showing an interest in me making things, I thought it was about time I brought out my yarn and hooks and started making things again.
Since then I’ve made a few things and haven’t been able to stop! Here are a few things I’ve made so far:
And on my hook right now are a few Valentine’s Day stuffies for the kids, which I’ll share when they’re done; a blanket for a friend’s new baby; and some really easy loom-knit tube socks. On a mission to organize my yarn and yarn crafting supplies, I also found about 5 blankets I was making and never finished, plus the squares for a few corner-to-corner blankets I started a few years ago. I also found some half-done projects which I had to frog since I wasn’t very good at keeping a pattern with a project and for the life of me couldn’t remember what the heck I was making!
I’ve been getting more into loom-knitting and Tunisian crochet and have bought a few books on crochet, Tunisian crochet, and knitting, along with a few little fun kits to practice more amigumuri for the kids.
Let’s just say I am absolutely hooked! I first started crocheting in 2011 and finally feel like I have the hang on how to do it. This year I’ve learned a few things:
- Always print out a pattern when making something! If the internet goes down or if the project gets set aside, the pattern will still be there.
- Stitch markers aren’t just for marking certain points in a project; they also come in handy when sewing amigumuri and other stuffed projects together. I found that when I eyeball things, it doesn’t go well.
- Ballpoint pins are great for marking where eyes should go on a project.
- Tunisian crochet is ridiculously fun.
- Crocheting in a continuous round goes much more smoothly when putting a stitch marker on the last stitch of a row – this might be why my other amigurumi projects have never quite looked picture perfect.
- Count, count, count! In the past I’ve fudged around with rows when I screw up my counting, but I’m realizing that frogging parts of projects or starting over can be invaluable to getting a project right.
- Just keep trying! I’m not perfect at any of these crafts, but it’s so much fun finding projects and attempting to make them. I get lots of practice, learn new skills, and maybe learn new techniques to make things run more smoothly.
- And lastly, organization is a LIFE SAVER. Before this week, I had been keeping all my yarn in various bins in the basement. I had hooks in a drawer, scissors and stitch markers … somewhere, and various books and magazines just piled up together. Once I finally went through and organized things I was able to see what yarns I had to work with (a lot of worsted, bulky, and some DK and one jumbo yarn) and I could what tools I had available, be it needles, hooks, or looms, as well as the other accessories that go with the craft.
So I hope you don’t mind, but I’ll be sharing more of my crochet and other yarn-projects here as I go. I’ve always loved learning about other peoples’ journeys when they start new things so hopefully I can document my progress here as I go!