(june 2005) I've been considering whether or not it was worth the effort to start a crochet site for a while now. I already have a livejournal to which I've posting snippets of crochet-related stuff ever since the bug bit me about half a year ago (Fall 2004). The other day I was looking over my projects, and it just seemed as if I'd hit critical mass. And so, this site was born.
I've always felt that the more I examine what I'm doing and try to explain it to others, the more firmly a grasp on it I get myself. Then there's the part where my brain is like a sieve and if I don't write it down, it's forgotten. So mostly this site will be for me. But show and tell is always fun for fellow addicts, so I'm hoping it won't be too boring for anyone who doesn't happen to share my brain. Just um... don't expect it to always make sense, unless you are, well, me. And were there when I was doing that thing that was just so important I had to note it down for future reference...
As for my history with crochet, let's see. My mother taught me some time in grade school, and I made a few little things. Mostly doll clothes, though on one memorable occasion there was the overly ambitious afghan project that turned into a shawl project that turned into a "sweater" after being sewed at the sides . I'm hoping to get a picture of that next time I take a trip to my parent's house, as I think it still exists and I'd love to feature it here. All I remember is that there were granny squares and it was bright. (ETA: see below!)
I next picked up a hook just after college, around 1999 or so, after moving to colder climes and suddenly finding myself in need of a scarf or two. I whipped out some single-crochet rectangles, and then lost interest after struggling to no avail to read a pattern for baby booties and deciding patterns were too hard.
Years passed, and then in 2004, I started seeing ponchos at the mall. I'd always thought they were hideous, but for some reason, this year, they started to look not so bad. Dare I say it? they were almost cute. I wasn't willing to fork over the requisite cash for the pre-made variety, but my curiosity grew. Finally, I bought some Woolease and found a free pattern on-line and made this. Which was of course not at all like any of the pretty things in the mall, and which I have yet to wear outside of the house.
But the key point was that I had successfully read a pattern. It was even easy. I must have had a mental block before. All of a sudden, instead of being stuck with single crochet rectangles, I could actually contemplate the possibility of doing something interesting. And being able to learn through study as well as by trial and error. And me and studying, well, we go way back, lemme tell you.
So, as you can see from the index page, that's when I really started experimenting.
I'm primarily interesting in clothing, though I'll probably try just about anything once or twice. I think I've gotten a bit of a jump start by having a decent background in sewing; I learned how to sew about the same time I learned to crochet in gradeschool, but that craft stuck, and by highschool I was making probably 50-70% of my own clothing. Even though I've scaled way back on that these days, I still have an idea of what shapes and textures things need to be to fall certain ways when wrapped around a body, and I have a feeling that's going to come more and more in handy the fancier I get with the crochet. Of course, there's also the liability in the fact that with sewing, I'm used to cutting something roughly the right shape, then pinning and cutting it down to size while it's actually on me. Try translating that approach to crochet, and you get a lot of frogging. A *lot* of frogging. Good thing I enjoy the process and well as the product...
(August 2005) Now, by popular demand... ah, okay, nobody demanded. Nobody even asked. But I feel like adding to this page and so, here we go. A few of the things that still exist that I made before I really went hard core on the crochet addiction.... starting with the infamous Thing. Needless to say, these were all (except for the bear) free-formed and pattern-free.
Now, With Knitting!
(Dec 2005) I suppose it was inevitable that sooner or later that with so much yarn lying around, I would try knitting. It seems a very fitting winter sport. No drafty holes! Or at least, not in the kind of knitting I've done thus far. Come spring and warmer weather, I'm sure I'll be moving back towards lacy crochet tops and halters and the like. Meanwhile, I have a deep hankering for cozy, but not super-thick fabric which knitting has over crochet. It's cold out there!
My knitting history is brief. I remember owning red plastic needles as a child, but I think they were more often used for purposes other than knitting, as I don't have any memory of any knitted objects. About the same time I re-picked up crochet post-college, I tried knitting too. My grandmother gave me her size 10 needles that she could no longer use, so I made a scarf for the hubby with them. And that was pretty much it. Until October of this year, when I cut my knitted clothing teeth on a variation of knitty's "tempting".