My sister taught me how to crochet when I was about 10 or 11 years old. She showed me how to do a single crochet. If you want to create something big… single crochet is not the right path, but it was a start.
I always played with crochet and then years later, my sister picked it up again, this time showing me a double crochet. That was ok, but still no big project really came out of it, just lots or practice.
My Aunt Inez (God rest her soul) and I took a knitting class together when I visited her in England. We knitted a scarf, and even though I finished a knitting project, I didn’t feel like a knitter. I actually forgot how to do it completely until I recently re-taught myself some fundamentals. The scarf reminds me of her and I have very special memories of knitting with her.
In grad school my friend Greta and her sister (my house mates) used to crochet all the time. She showed me how to make hole-y squares. It got the job done, but when we graduated and I had a bunch of squares that I had made with her, yet had no idea of how to put the damn things together.
When I taught grade school in Hawaii, I lived in an apartment that was very cold. I kid you not. Yes, even Hawaii can get cold. So, I got a bunch of yarn and crocheted a blanket using the style Greta showed me, minus the squares. In the end, I had a hole-y, beautiful blanket that kept me somewhat warm. People are still somewhat impressed when they see it, even today. “You made this?!” I get that often. It is pretty.
So at my current job I met a phenomenal woman, “Cat,”who crochets blankets for every baby she hears is on the way (mostly anyway). When I found this out I said to myself, “maybe she can finally help me figure out patterns.” Yes, it’s true, I had crocheted mostly without a pattern because they seemed like the most complex things to figure out.
With “Cat’s” help, I did a baby blanket for my best friend’s daughter which took some time, but was gorgeous! She loved it and so did her daughter. I see it in many pictures of her. My other friend had a son (“Lil C”) and I made him a blanket. That is the one you see above. “Cat” helped me with a sample, but in the end I had to struggle through the pattern on my own. I continuously messaged my another very good knitter/crocheter, Miss Cleo for moral support. It was that serious.
It was very liberating and empowering to finally work through a pattern. It gave me the confidence to continue to make other items from patterns including the one I’m working on now for Greta’s daughter.
I must say that though I love it creating these lovely blanket, it can get boring to crochet and it has put me to sleep many times. When I crochet I take many breaks and leave it for few days sometimes, but when you see the finished product and you feel accomplished,you really realize the magic of yarn.