Taking up crochet as a hobby and finding some cool modern patterns
Last weekend, for the first time in years, I started crocheting again.
I loved to crochet as a little kid, and made lots of really terrible potholders and coasters and holey scarves. I was always better at crochet than knitting, probably in large part that it's really easy to tear out your mistakes. I once learned how to knit and made a lot of really messy, hairy knots.
Lately, though, I decided to try crochet again. Mostly, it's because I love listening to audio books. They're great for driving or walking the dog, but when I listen to them at home, I feel like I need to be doing something with my hands.
So, I convinced my mom to help me re-learn crochet (actually, I never really forgot how it worked) and what all those crazy abbreviations meant in the cool patterns I found online.
That's the other thing - Pinterest is a great resource for finding crochet patterns that don't look like they came straight from 1970.
Last weekend, I made a ruffled washcloth (it actually looks just like the photo in the tutorial, and without unsightly holes!) and am finishing up another project I'm hoping be able to share with you next week.
I'm not sure how much I'll blog here about crochet - seems like a very specialized hobby - but I figured I would at least share the things I'm wondering if I can tackle as I explore it.
One idea I'm particularly excited about is the idea of making things for Halloween costumes with crochet. Rob and I have been trying to figure out how we can dress up Milou as Max from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." (The resemblance is uncanny.)
However, I did not like the idea of tying a stick or antler to our dog's head. But then I saw that you can actually crochet costume antlers, and now I'm thinking I could adapt one for a costume. Sweet.
I also love all kinds of earwarmers and cowls (it will get cold sometime, right?) and am thinking of starting with this one.
And as far as accessories go, I'm thinking of trying this cool-looking headband:
Any of you readers crochet? Or knit?