Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Crochet Lesson No. 1

aka "the not-so-young Jedi knitter goes
temporarily over to the Dark Side of fiber"

My apologies to the crocheters out there...I couldn't resist the joke. My first foray into any type of fiber was my seventh grade Home Economics class (circa 1979). Mrs. Bailey taught us how to make crochet bookworms like the one pictured below.

Last night, I had my first formal crochet lesson. I met up with Jan at Yarn Theory and I learned to chain, single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and several other stitches. I've heard from numerous people, including Jan, that crocheting is faster than knitting. Based on my struggles last night (how many times can Dana drop the hook? LOTS), I'll believe it when I can do it, but I don't doubt what they're saying. :)

I hope to make my way up to a granny square and beyond that, those amazing arigumi animals that can be found on Ravelry. While browsing there one morning, I found this little girl and I'm dying to make her. The pattern is called "Lavender Bunny."

Bookworm to Bunny...that should take me another twenty years....

Happy knitting/spinning and now, crocheting y'all.

7 comments:

Donna said...

I am so dissappointed in you!! LOL Not really--i have dont that strange thing with the hook before too. Have fun and enjoy.
Hugs

Julie said...

Welcome to the dark side! I love being a hooker and you will too. It is faster, once you get the hang of it. As you may know, I learned how to crochet from my Nana when I was 10, but what you may not know is that the first thing I learned was a granny square. If you can chain and you can do a double crochet, you can make a granny square. You'll be making that bunny before you know it!

mobishobel said...

Cute!! I've got to admit, I've kinda been coveting those little arigumi aminals too. We may have to start a club!

Faren said...

I'm so glad they had the class! Just like anything it will take a little bit of practice. You are right, that bunny is really cute.

Marianne said...

Heee.... hoo girl! I claim a considerable amount of ignorance re: crochet... I know how to do 'something' but have no idea what it's called :^)
Yes, they claim it's faster... I've also heard it takes more yarn... and my hand tends to cramp... although I'm probably not doing it 'right'...

That little bunny is SO CUTE!

jan said...

We could do a lavender girl stitch-a-long!

Angela Cox said...

I love that bookworm ! I would love to learn crochet and sometime this year I will ! There are some exquisite crochet items on Ravelry.