Back to the basics

Most of you know that I am a very creative person. I love to create things. As I tell people, “If I am not creating, I am grumpy!”

But I don’t just create things on the computer. I like creating things with my hands. I love to paint, to draw, to cook, to bake, to sew (which I haven’t done in years). As well as unique art forms like Origami and Kirigami.

But recently I have gone back to an old favorite that I haven’t last done since Riley was born 4 years ago! I’m talking about Crochet.

When I was very young my sister and my mom used to crochet. Being the young curious kid I was (and creative in the making) I wanted to learn to. So it was sometime in the ’80s, that I learned to make my first scarf. I strickly kept to anything straight. Scarves, afghans, blankets, dishclothes, etc. I never learned to “work in the round” so to speak.

I also learned the basics of knitting, but I didn’t like using two needles, and I can be impatient and crocheting was much quicker for me and I could breeze through a project quicker.

I have made baby blankets for each of the kids, and after Riley’s blanket I just stopped. I don’t know why. I think it was because I didn’t know what else to make and I was tired of blankets and scarves that looked plain. I only ever learned single and double crochet stitches, so they weren’t very creative (although Mikayla’s was an interesting pattern I had found somewhere).

It wasn’t until recently, while listening to iPad Today in the TWiT network, that someone called in and mentioned Ravelry. This community-based website has both knitting and crochet patterns of all sorts of stuff. I really wanted some fingerless mittens to replace my old ones, and sure enough, there was a pattern!

So I bought new yarn and all new hooks (I have no idea where my old set is) and I got to work. Below is a gallery of all the items I have made so far in the last half of 2010. I am really excited to be creating things with my hands again. Especially items that my girls just love!

Now, my goal is to get a better handle on knitting, and learning how to work in the rounds, so that I can make really nice fingerless gloves for Amy and I, and some skull caps for me…and Mikayla wants these boot/looking leg warmers (the little fashionista that she is).

So, if anyone wants anything. Let me know, maybe we can work something out!

Crochet and knit

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One Response to Back to the basics

  1. Margie says:

    You do beautiful work. you didn’t post Riley’s blanket, I didn’t know you made that choker, it’s very pretty.

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