New Crochet Hooks

When the mood takes me, usually in the colder winter months when gardening is literally out the window, I love to sit and crochet. But due to a touch of osteoarthritis in my fingers lately I’ve been finding it slightly more difficult to hold a standard crochet hook for too long so I’ve bought myself a new complete set with thicker, softer handles, perfect for dodgy ageing fingers! Now all I have to do is see what I can create with these lovely things… luckily I already have some spare yarn sitting around waiting to be used up 🙂

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Create

April A-Z: C is for Crochet

I learned to crochet as a child, churning out simple granny squares made up of odds and ends of yarn to be stitched together to create colourful patchwork blankets. In many ways I’ve not really progressed much beyond that, I still enjoy making blankets but although over the years I’ve tried more intricate patterns I find that when it comes to practical use I tend not to use the prettier, lacier, lighter-weight creations I worked so hard on so have recently been unravelling them to re-use the yarn for making more solidly heavier bed covers that are first and foremost warm and weighty.

Life events have conspired to pull me away from blogging over the last couple of months, and the idea of taking part in this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge seems like a good way to try to get back into the habit of reading and posting regularly. Originally I thought of just using any old random words to go with the particular letter of the day, but realistically without a clear theme to work towards I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my focus for a full month… So instead I’ve opted for a relatively simple, if slightly self-indulgent work-around: This year I’ll be posting 26 things about me, nothing too taxing to write about yet still fulfilling the brief!

Crochet Bunting Finished!

I posted a few close-up pics a couple of weeks ago showing some of the unfinished crochet triangles I was working on, with the eventual intention of making them up into bunting. I’d already completed one small strand of 11 (with smaller triangles) as a kind of trial run, so as I was happy with how that turned out I then made a second slightly larger strand of 17 bigger triangles, which also turned out surprisingly well.

So yesterday I sat out in the garden and stitched together the last strand of 17 larger triangles – here are the two longer lengths of bunting sitting folded on the garden bench, all ready to brighten up my dull and boring garden fence (which badly needs sanding down and re-painting this year) whenever anyone visits in our garden. I love it when creative experiments like this turn out well – big smiles all round! 🙂

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Close Up Crochet

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week is close up or macro, so here are some close up shots of a pile of unfinished crochet triangles, that will eventually become crochet bunting – I was motivated to have a go at creating some crochet bunting after reading Rainbow Junkie‘s post the other day. It’s not something I’ve made before, but it seems like a good way to use up all my little bits of leftover yarn – so far, so good, what fun! 🙂

Comfort Blanket

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Linda wants us to write about what’s next to us when we read the prompt, not when we sat down to write… Well for me it’s usually likely to be the same thing, because I only ever blog on my laptop and I usually only sit in one place to do that – on my sofa.

So, next to me on my sofa is a crochet blanket I made – one of many – and it’s there because I like to snuggle up under a blanket in the evenings to watch TV. It’s a comfort thing carried forward from childhood, and is also the reason I’m usually wearing a scarf all year round – it’s the comfort of fabric wrapping around me I find so soothing.

And particularly right now with everything feeling so up in the air and insecure because of the corona virus pandemic, and our current Stay at Home policy creating a kind of life-limbo in which we all hold our collective breath and wait for the peak of the virus to pass… Or whatever it is we’re doing as a nation, rest assured I’m happily finding comfort wherever I can 🙂

Crochet Blankets and Me

I first learned to crochet as a child, ill a lot and looking for something interesting to do while I was waiting to get better. And oh, there seemed to be such a lot of waiting. My mum and my Grandmother both knitted a lot, but for me two needles and multiple stitches to drop created far more frustration than fun, and instead I found wielding a single crochet hook (thankfully only ever holding one stitch at a time) gave me the practical creative outlet I needed. It used up all their leftover yarn, too, so it was a win-win all round for all of us.

So fast forward several decades and I find there’s still nothing better for me as a winter warmer than sitting on the sofa with a growing blanket hanging off a hook, all draped cosily over my lap. As a result I always have several crochet blankets kicking around the house, all multicoloured, all slightly different, and all made by me over the years. Some are bigger, some are smaller, some are rectangular, some are square, but all are exceedingly simple in design. Nothing fancy, just warm and practical blankets we use all the time.

But sometimes I wonder if I could maybe try to make something else other than blankets, experiment with new pretty (usually meaning fiddly for me) stitches more, try following more complicated multiple row patterns that build up slowly, or maybe even try creating some delicate crochet lace? The older I get, the more I’m finally learning to have some patience with things that take time, so maybe now is the right time for me to explore developing my crochet skills further… Hmmm… 🙂

Weekly Prompt: Home Crafts