My mother likes knitting… actually, I better rephrase that. My mother can knit, although I’m not sure if she loves it, and I remember she tried to teach me how to knit when I was about 12. After weeks of failed attempts I gave up. Something just didn’t feel right. I’m not sure if it was having to use two needles, the action, frustration, or something else entirely. I just couldn’t get to grips with it. It felt awkward.
A couple of years back I tried to teach myself how to crochet and it was more of a success than the knitting was. It felt more natural to me and after a few weeks I had learned enough to make a few small crocheted critters. My first attempt was something that looked like a cross between an egg and a Tribble.
He’s basically just a flattened egg crocheted using the same method you use for amigurumi. I used a ball of that fluffy wool you can get for making scarves for the body and a little bit of felt and embroidery thread to create a sleepy face. His little hat is made from an old t-shirt and he used to have a little crocheted nest to sit in but it seems to have disappeared on me.
It was a nightmare to make because of the wool. Not a great choice on my part for a beginner but I have been known to run before I can walk!
I also made a cute little amigurumi bunny complete with nappy and safety pin. I found some basic patterns for body parts on the web for this one and followed it loosely. I wasn’t happy with his arms when I made him and to be honest I’m still not. They could do with being a little longer, I think, but that’s just me.
After a few months the crocheting stopped. Why? I’m not sure but for the first time in over a year I’ve picked up my hook and I’m slowly getting to grips with crochet again!
While I was out shopping last week a certain crochet magazine caught my eye. After humming and harring over the £4.99 price tag I gave in and decided to get one even though I’ve missed 10 issues. There’s lots of projects in there to keep me busy. Scarves, hedgehogs, socks, a cowl, hat, and a snowflake. Unfortunately my attempt at a snowflake looks nothing like the picture in the magazine, but at least it still resembles one!
If I can master the art of crochet I have some projects that I’ve had in mind for months that I’d love to see coming to life.