I wouldn’t call myself an avid crochet-er. You won’t see me lugging a bag around with my latest crochet work in it; although I do have a wicker basket with yarn in it next to the piano in the living room. I don’t play the piano, I dust it mostly. (Update: As of 7-4-10, I began carrying a bag with my crochet in it to a friend’s house so that I could crochet while everyone else sat out in the cold to watch fourth of July fireworks. I guess that makes me an avid crocheter according to my previous definition.)
My grandmother was an avid crochet-er. She made mostly afghans and slippers. She made me a nice little blue coat when I was a child. I still have the coat, my daughter wore it when she was younger and I’ll pass it on down to a granddaughter one day…hopefully.
My mother taught me to crochet. She was not an avid crochet-er but she could do granny squares. For years that was all I could do, make granny squares. I never connected them to each other. I just had stacks of them. Strange, I know.
Then one day I met a lady at church who wanted to open a yarn and needlework store. I visited the store and ended up signing up to do a huck weaving class. That was years ago and I have yet to finish that project. I get bored easily.
Later, I also purchased all the embroidery thread to do an intricate cross stitch design which I have also never finished. I did start another cross stitch design for my sons’ curtains in their room which I did finish after a couple of years. Perhaps you’re imagining something girly or frilly hanging on my sons’ window but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I purchased a design book at my friend’s store titled “Here Be Wyverns”. I had to look up Wyverns and found out that they are a type of dragon. My sons were into mythical creatures at the time and so I cross stitched dragons on their curtains. Their room is still decorated in dragon posters and curtains but I think they have outgrown that fascination. They are more interested in camping, hiking, and hunting now.
Eventually my friend decided I should get out of the house a little more and also give her a break from the store once a week so with a little arm twisting I went to work at my friend’s store. I wasn’t paid anything but she let me raid her inventory from time to time. I began coming home with more books, threads, yarns, and other fibers. A whole new world of fiber arts opened up to me and I liked it. The yarns and other fibers are like eye candy to me.
I took more classes. One was a wool rug crocheting class. I made two of those. I also took a spinning class and spun my own yarn. I bought a spinning wheel that is gathering dust in my basement, but I do intend to use it again…one of these days.
My friend decided to close her shop so that she could spend more time with her daughters. I still miss it.
I crochet from time to time, mostly in the winter. Last year I made a two scarves, a shawl, and a hat. I went all out for that hat, purchasing a high-end wool spun in South America.
Recently, I read an article in Interweave Crochet Magazine about Tunisian Crochet. I was intrigued. I looked up some video tutorials but I haven’t actually tried it yet. For my birthday, my mother bought me a kit I saw advertised by Interweave called Denise Interchageable Crochet Hooks which are used for Tunisian Crochet. I found a pattern for a basic shawl in the spring 2010 magazine using Tunisian Crochet. I ordered some yarn from Lion Brand instead of the suggested high-end brand yarn. I chose their LB Collection Cotton Bamboo in Snapdragon which is a green color. Since this is just a pattern that I want to do just to learn the basics, I didn’t want to spend a lot on the yarn. Later, I want to use another Interweave Tunisian pattern for a heavy-weight wrap and I’ll probably go for a higher end yarn then. I’ll post pictures when I get the projects done. Hopefully not several years from now.