Crochet with friends!

I have a project I am working on but I don’t want to show you until its done. So next Thursday I will finally post a pattern which I have been failing to do for a while.

Today I want to talk about a way to get motivated to work on your own projects. A few months ago I got a group of ladies together on a Saturday morning to do crafts and chat and stuff. some people brought their knitting and I obviously did some crochet and one lady brought her scrap booking stuff. It was a ton of fun and this Saturday we are going to do it again and make it a more regular thing. So, if you are lacking motivation and you have some crafty friends get a group together to meet and work on projects and talk and stuff. My group is going to meet twice a month but your group can meet once a week or once a month or whatever works for everyone. Then you have a whole hour or two to work on whatever you project you want as well as hang out with great people. Its a win-win situation for everybody!

Good luck!

-Nicole

Crochet legacy

ImageThese are my grandmas, the two on the left are mine and the one on the right is Travis’. I think these are wonderful ladies! The Grandma who is right next to me (me being the girl in white) is my grandma Hopper and she is a very talented crocheter. 

Want proof?

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She crocheted this afghan for us for our wedding and we proudly display it on our couch for everyone who walks into our apartment. We use it everyday because it is a gorgeous work of art that we want everyone to enjoy.

As you can see, I have a lot to live up to. I’m just lucky to have such a wonderful lady to strive to be like. That goes for all my grandmas.

-Nicole

 

Being silly can be interesting

Can I tell you guys a secret? Sometimes I’m very oblivious.

OK, let me back up. In my sushi scarf post I talked about how I had tried and failed to learn to crochet. Lots of people tried to teach me but almost as soon as the lesson was over, I would pick up the hook and have absolutely no idea what this alien object was or how to use it. Eventually I learned how to do a simple chain but i still had no idea how to build off of it. This was back when I was in elementary school and I used this new found knowledge of chaining to make key chains. For some reason, nobody wanted them…anyway I think I was in high school when I finally learned how to single crochet into a chain. I promised my dad a home made pot holder for Christmas but it was more of a small square rag. In retrospect, I don’t think a pot holder was a good Christmas gift for my dad but he seemed like he really wanted it at the time. That’s my dad for you, the sweetest man you’ll ever meet.

I think that was the point where I gave up ever figuring it out. I was looking at my grandmother who is a master crocheter, my mother who makes these really cute and sought for baby blankets and my sister who was crocheting an afghan as her first project. I wasn’t depressed about it I just figured it wasn’t for me, whatever I’ll move on to something I don’t suck so bad at.

Fast forward to last summer. I had just gotten married, we had moved into a new apartment, I was taking summer classes and trying to find a job. We were visiting with some friends, another married couple, and she had a hook out with some yarn teaching another friend how to crochet a pot holder. She asked if I wanted to learn to. So I did and amazingly enough it stuck. It wasn’t a foreign object the minute we left their house, I could still do the stuff she taught me.

Doors suddenly opened. I could do the cool fancy thing all the other women in my family could do but I could do it my way. I could make that cute My Neighbor Totoro bag I saw a picture of, I could make that Amigurumi Link from the Legend of Zelda, I could do anything! Except I couldn’t I was biting off way more than I was prepared to chew. However, I had time, energy, I was ready to learn and I discovered something magical.

Google

Yes Google, or really any search engine. Now you may ask why Google is so magical. Its so part of our everyday lives, why are you just now discovering it. Again, I’m a little oblivious sometimes and it never even occurred to me that the internet might have tutorials for different stitches and techniques. Heck, Kristen and I sometimes do Google hangouts and she shows me how to do things. If it wasn’t for Google I wouldn’t have made that scarf or any of my other projects. In short, the internet taught me how to crochet and that is not a bad thing. The internet is all about sharing information and ideas with others, so why can’t I teach myself a new skill using this tool?

Yes yes Nicole we get it, the internet is great. Whats your point.

The project I’m working on told me to do something I didn’t know how to do. So I Googled it.

-Nicole

(Next week I will actually talk about that project instead of rambling on about my life.)

Crochet spiral hat

I know its not the right season for warm fuzzy hats but I really wanted to share this one with you. I came across the pattern on Pinterest and when I noticed that my black hat was getting to be done, I decided to make this hat.

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I made a trial version of the hat following this exact pattern over Christmas while I was visiting my in-laws. I gave that hat to my sister in law because it still wasn’t quite what I wanted. When I made the hat for myself I changed the brim because I wasn’t to fond of the way the front and back post double crochets looked. For that I just did single crochets. I think it made it look cleaner.
ImageThe pattern itself was very simple and they have a baby version available on the same page. I think this would be an adorable hat for Kristens new baby, yes? That way, she and her Auntie could have matching hats! ^_^
 
-Nicole

Sushi scarf!!

This was my first real crochet project. When I was younger people kept trying to teach me how to crochet and it just didn’t stick until a little while ago when a friend encouraged me to try again. I’ve crocheted many a pot holder (and by pot holder I mean a slightly wonky square of single crochet stitches) with varying degrees of success. This scarf was a slightly wonky long rectangle of single crochet stitches but it turned out all right.

ImageI made some mistakes with this. I didn’t realize that crocheting in the back loops was different than just normal crocheting so the entire scarf was ribbed. I also had to figure out how to change color so the changes aren’t the prettiest. I was also crocheting really tight so I had to do a lot of redos. It was a very good learning experience.

Melanie wearing the scarfI gave the scarf to my awesome cousin for Christmas (pictured above). I got the idea from seeing pictures of other people who have done similar things. I started with the meat (pink and then as I was crocheting I rolled it to see where I was and when I needed to change color. It was a fun project and it kept me interested in crocheting.

-Nicole

Chevron bangle

So, when I want to find a new pattern, I’ll Google image “Free crochet patterns” and see what comes up. That’s how I found this cute little patternImage

I had some really pretty blue yarn I’ve been wanting to use so I followed the example in the pattern and made this blue and tan one.Image

Then I thought “this was so much fun I should make another!” so I used the same blue but instead of tan I used a dark green as the second color. I think it turned out even better than the first one.Image

If you would like to have one then feel free to go to the original site! It was a very easy and quick pattern. If you are unable or unwilling to make one though then I’ll be making some for our Etsy shop! There will be more color variety than what I’ve shown here though I promise.

-Nicole