Here is my yarn story for today’s Misc. Monday: Once upon a time and for a fleeting moment shortly after I began spinning, I felt my soul being drawn towards a certain negative force. It felt so wrong. It’s just not who I am. However, I couldn’t fight it. I was being drawn into the depths of yarn hell!. Then, like the protagonist in a shape-shifting monster anime, I resisted that negativity and regained myself. Ahhh…. Zen….
What was this horrible force drawing me into the void, you may ask. It was the awful enemy, “The Yarn Snob”. It looks down on Red Heart Super Saver. It scoffs at Lion Brand Pound of Love. It sneers at Caron Simply Soft. It also considers certain other yarns (depending on its branch of yarn religion) less than dirt. It’s a horrible enemy that must be quashed!. It must be annihilated!
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.
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.
I have used Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn for several of my projects over the years, from an afghan that took over a decade to finally finish to what I imagine will be my heirloom blanket. However, it wasn’t until my latest project that I began to appreciate the yarn itself for its colors and its softness.