Crafting has always been a part of my life. Since I was a kid I was making things or trying to figure how things were made by reverse engineering. Now I am not mechanically inclined, but when it comes to household things, clothing and such, I find I am always thinking about how to make it, how to make it better and how to make it my own.
I have always been fascinated with string. Or string like stuff. I remember in Brownies and Girl Scouts, we learned to make lanyards from a plastic material that I don’t remember the name, “God’s Eye”s, pot holders and other random items.
Then I became fascinated with cross-stitch. I taught myself and am sure there are simpler ways to create the pieces, but I do what works for me and have made many gifts.
I then tried to teach myself to knit. That didn’t go as well as I would have liked. I think my problem was the tension and maybe it stems from doing cross stitch for so many years, but I pulled everything so tight that I could not get the knitting needles through the yarn. I gave up on that at least for a while.
Then I decided to try my hand at crochet. Crochet was last on my list maybe because every time I thought about it, I thought of this afghan we had when I was a kid. It was red and white and what I considered very dated and not very cool. Then I started googling crochet and looking around at stitches and patterns and all the wonderful things you could make so I thought I’d give it a try. Pardon the pun, but I AM HOOKED!
If I could spend my day doing nothing but crochet, I think I would be in heaven. I m a beginner and spend most of my time practicing stitches by making dish clothes and pot holders but I am good with that because I am collecting patterns and learning about yarns and hooks and… and… and…
Now I have discovered Tunisian crochet. How great is this. It is kinda of a knitting crochet combo and there are so many great things to make. I can even marry my two loves – crochet and cross-stitch.
Now I am on fire. Lists of things I want to make. I plan to start an Etsy store. Too bad I have to sleep, eat and work. I am going to come up with a plan to make crochet the way I make my living. Some how, some way.
Seriously, I wish I had discovered crochet years ago. I am glad I have discovered it now.