Winter Crocheting (A.K.A. It’s really, really cold.)

Hey guys!

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:

Loom hook grips using rainbow loom elastics. I even made one for my H crochet hook! Pattern from Loom A Hat.
Some ADORABLE little loom-knit kitties. The orange one was my first one and it’s probably the best. The blue one was the last one I made and it looks a little like Yoda. I really need to learn to stitch better. Pattern from Loom A Hat.
This is the first pattern that I’ve ever bought online and I absolutely love it. The size for this one is 4, which is the size my daughter wears, but it fits really big, even with the proper gauge. I made another one in the size 2 and it fits her perfectly. Pattern by Deni Sharpe.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Ballpoint pins are great for marking where eyes should go on a project.
  4. Tunisian crochet is ridiculously fun.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!


3 thoughts on “Winter Crocheting (A.K.A. It’s really, really cold.)”

  1. I’ve been crocheting off and on for about 10 years now. We have a Crochet Guild chapter starting up locally, so I’m super excited about that. I never thought about using stitch markers when sewing – thanks for the tip!

  2. This is so fun! Great job! I tried crocheting a few years ago and I just couldn’t do it well. My fingers would get sore or I’d lose count or my stitches would be all different sizes. I love seeing what things look like when they turn out well. 🙂

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