Hey friends! Don’t you just love learning new things? I do! Especially when it has to do with something crafty. Sewing will always be my first love, but I like to branch out sometimes just to mix things up. I have attempted to learn to crochet for quite some time now. I remember being around 7 or 8 and one of my mom’s friend’s tried teaching me, then again a few years ago I tried teaching myself to crochet a baby blanket when my sister was pregnant with her daughter. Both times I was discouraged by how long it was taking and how little I was accomplishing. I’ve sewn some projects that haven’t exactly been speedy, but at least I can see it coming together fairly early on in the project, which then encourages me to continue.
Then I found The Purl Bee website and wow, their tutorials are awesome!! They have a crochet basics page that gives you very detailed instructions that are accompanied by pictures depicting what you are supposed to do. Plus they decipher all of the cryptic crochet terms, I mean have you ever looked at a crochet pattern?? Start with a SL ST then do 15 HDC’s followed by one DC, two TR’s, and one DC. The first time I saw a pattern all I could think was “what the heck is that!!!”
After perusing The Purl Bee’s website a little longer I found this gorgeous granny square rainbow quilt and knew I had to make it. My rational was that if I could accomplish this blanket it one square at a time, every time I finished a square would feel like a win. And you know what? It’s working!!! It usually takes me about one hour to finish a square and I go through spurts where I will make one each night for a week, then I won’t make another for a month. I’m hoping that by sharing this project here I will feel more pressure to make another square when some nights all I want to do is veg out and relax once Brynlee goes to bed.
I am still not super skilled at this yet, they are far from perfect and it’s hard for me to stop for a while then pick back up where I left off. I’m hoping that the more I do the better I will get at knowing where I am, then I will be able to work on them more. Another great thing about these squares is that there are a lot of different stiches used, so you get a lot of great practice! The Purl Bee has so many other great, smaller projects that I think will be fun to try too! Crochet washcloths anyone???
Are you working on any projects or want to learn anything new? I would love to hear about them!! I also want to learn to knit, but last time I tried I felt like I was all thumbs holding those knitting needles so we will see how that goes!