I know your first thought is to bypass this post. Please don’t. It’s important to know your crochet hook because it is the tool you will be using. It is your partner in this endeavor. It is an extension of your hand like a pencil is when you write.
In the beginning you might hate your crochet hook. It’s awkward and doesn’t listen to what you are telling it to do. But it’s just like picking up a pencil for the first when you were a child. You need to train your muscles so they use the correct movements to make your stitches.
For me spinning singles came out of my desire to spin the best yarn I can. I’m not a robot so I will have bumps along the road. That’s what make me human. But I want to do my best as often as I am able. There have been bad days where I wonder what the heck I’m doing with the contraption I lovingly named Loki. And there have been really good days when I find myself squishing a particularly lovely skein of yarn like it’s a stuffed toy.
I started spinning on a spindle in October of 2016. Eventually, I purchased a spinning wheel and my love of making yarn really took off. My ideal yarn is smooth and even and as thin as I can make it. Call me frugal, but I want to get the most mileage out of my fiber. Thick and thin chunky yarn is wasted on me. That’s how I am and I’m perfectly happy.
Several years ago I wrote a blog post about the “Seraphina Shawl” by Doni. This is my all time favorite shawl pattern. At least six of these fantastic shawls have passed through my hooks with one or two still waiting to be finished.
If you look on the Seraphina Shawl’s Ravelry page, you will see that it is quite popular with over 1600 projects. I’m not the only person who considers this pattern their favorite either as it’s beautiful and fun to crochet.
Good day, everyone! Hope the beginning of your week is going well. Today’s pattern for WIP Tuesday is something that I have been working on for several months. It feels like a really long novel I don’t want to give up. I’ll be sad when it’s finished because it’s such a pleasure to crochet. What is it? Oh, it’s a shawl called Dimholt by Jasmin Räsänen that I found on Ravelry.
The shawl is so delicate and graceful that I had to find the perfect yarn to highlight the filet crochet and lacework. As an added bonus, the yarn I chose is a long gradient so I am not going to get bored.
How was your weekend? Mine was educational. I streamed Craftsy classes during one of its free weekends. It’s a great way to get tips and tricks on a large variety of crafts from baking to quilting to painting, and or course, crochet and spinning. There are paid courses, but I found several free ones too. Craftsy is so much more that just online classes for crafting students though.
Welcome to my Beginner Crochet Series! Whether you have never picked up a crochet hook before today or you have only dabbled just a tiny bit only to have a wonky something-or-another as a result, I hope to help you learn and improve your crochet skills.
Crochet is so much more than your Grandmother’s doilies and Granny Square afghans, though both are staples in the world of yarn. And yes, it will take many hours of practice to master the basic stitches. However, your biggest challenge will be training your hands and fingers to effectively use a crochet hook. I understand you will feel awkward and clumsy in the beginning. This is a new skill that requires fine tuning your motor skills. And you know what? That’s okay. You are not a robot that lacks programming. You are a human being that needs to make mistakes to move forward and improve yourself.
For my first “What’s on my Bobbin?”, I would like to introduce you to my half-finished Fractal Spinning a Bluefaced Leicester Braid. Because I only have four bobbins for my Louet S17, my spinning projects should be fairly easy to have a “Finished Project Follow Up” blog post written for them.
I really wish I could remember exactly which booth I bought this fiber from. I really do. But that day at New Jersey Sheep and Wool was such a blur. It was my first time there as a spinner looking for fiber and I was so overwhelmed. I tried my best to grab business cards and keep receipts with the fiber, but I failed for this braid. At the very least I am sure that it is a Bluefaced Leicester because I clearly remember the sign above the display. Continue reading “Fractal Spinning a Bluefaced Leicester Braid”
This week I am pleased to introduce you to my Endlessly Wrapped Cowl. This pattern is great for beginners since there is plenty of basic stitch practice. It also works well if you just need a quick cowl with almost endless wearing options. Wrap it around once, twice, or even three times. The choice is up to you.
Crocheting into the back humps of the chains stitches gives you a nice braided edge to most of your projects. If your chains are fairly consistent, the back hump should be an easy part of the stitch to identify. Once you do a few stitches the back humps should turn to the top of your work. Even if your chains go a bit wonky here and there, with a little tug you should be able to see them. If you plan on adding a border to your project, this makes that task quite easy because the bottom of the chain stitches are exactly like the tops of the other stitches in crochet.
Welcome to the first installment of WIP Tuesday! I’m looking forward to sharing projects that are currently on my hook in the hopes you will be inspired to join me. There is also my selfish desire to kick myself in the rear so I can finally get my ever expanding pile before my home gets taken over by the WIP Monster.
Today’s highlight is the “Cloudberry” blanket/lapghan designed by Johanna Lindahl of Mijo Crochet which caught my eye several months ago as I was browsing her website.
After some well needed time alone, I am looking forward to bringing you some exciting future plans for my website. It has been a long time coming and I am ready to begin this new adventure!
I’ve been trying to find a way to bring my love of crochet to others. In-person teaching has been a good way to start, but I feel that something is missing in a two hour class. Learning the very basic chain stitch is not easy for someone who has never touched a hook. The beginner is concentrating so hard on one or two steps that they can’t process the rest of the entire dance.