I’ve always considered myself a fairly creative person. I enjoy multiple forms of art including drawing, painting, sewing, photography, scrapbooking and so on. Where I always seem to struggle though is producing anything with yarn. Some of you may be asking, who cares? But for those of you with similar type A tendencies, I thrive on a challenge and hate to be out done, especially by a pair of knitting needles.
I hate to admit that I’m probably in a select group of people that have been completely unsuccessful in their every effort to knit. I’ve tried numerous times over the past 8 years but inevitably my yarn becomes so tightly wound around the knitting needles that it fails to budge and I have to start over. I’ve attempted working with skinny needles, fat needles, and everything in between, always with the same results.
Last winter a friend of mine recommended Loom Knitting and I fell in love. This is truly Knitting for Dummies, trust me, if I can do it YOU can to! Although as far as I got with the loom knitting was outfitting everyone I could with a basic hat, the process and the output were very rewarding. At last, I had finally made something with yarn!
Shortly after this experience, same friend mentioned above, asked if I’d ever given crocheting a try. Although hesitant at first, she assured me that people of all ages and ability can handle this. So, after a couple of weeks of contemplation, I picked up a crochet hook and got to work. I was definitely awkward at first but with enough practice I easily mastered the basic crochet stitch and have been proudly working on a blanket for my daughter for the past 6months.
Yes, you read that right, 6 months and I’m still working on making my first blanket. It’s not that I’ve been working day after day on this single masterpiece, it’s that it always seems to get pushed to the back when other things come up that need to get done.
I’m hoping to finish this blanket as a Valentine’s present for my daughter. I’m also hoping that by writing this, I will have enough pressure now put on myself to complete Project A which will then allow me to start on Project B, something adorable for little baby DeJaegher. Maybe I’ll finish that project before the baby’s born…maybe.
If you’ve ever had the urge to create with yarn, I encourage you to pick up a loom or a hook and see where the process leads you. Some great books that have helped me along the way are listed below. The Kids Crochet: projects for kids of all ages, helped me the most, the illustrations are most helpful!