Monday, April 22, 2013

New Years Goals Revisited: Learning to Crochet

Wow! Its been a long time since I posted anything. I wish I had a good excuse, but I don't.  BUT I have been busy doing things and one of those things is something that was on my 13 in 2013 list.  

I know! Its April, Kim.  We've all forgotten about our New Years resolutions!  Well... I have not .... at least I am trying not to.

So one of my goals for 2013 was to finally learn how to crochet. I am a knitter and I am decent at it. I have a shop and everything.  BUT I always wanted to expand my talents by learning to crochet.  I've tried over and over and it just never stuck.  I think the issue has been not that its hard but I am such a constant knitter that I would learn the basics in crochet and then get an order or another project and soon forget what I learned.  So I wasn't able to practice or complete the learning.  The slow down of purchases in my shop and the increase in wanting to create certain items using crochet helped me FINALLY learn how.  

This little guy was my first finished project.  

Isn't he cute?  I wasn't a huge fan of the colors but I honestly just grabbed an appropriate weight yarn that i knew i didn't need for a future project.  He's about 3-4 inches tall.  I was pretty proud of him.  I found the pattern here.

My next project was a little more complicated and a big risk.  The daughter of one of my closest friends here in the city was turning 7 and LOVES my little pony.  I was racking my brain, trying to figure out what to get her.  I thought about trying to make a my little pony but I was way too new to crochet to figure it out so i set off on a google search and found a pattern that seemed just the right speed for me.  I spent the next week making this little beauty.  

For one of my first projects, I think she turned out pretty great. I know I have some learning still to do and if i made this again, I'd make some changes but i am pretty proud of her.

After seeing one of my instagrams of the pony, a friend of mine asked me if I could make something for her.  It was something I had never seen before but was able to find some similar patterns online.  

I am proud of myself for finally learning how to crochet.  I see now why people think it is easier than knitting.  Its definitely more versatile when creating items like the above.  I love the look of knitted items but crochet definitely allows you to more easily make more complex looking items with basic stitches.

Thanks for stopping by!

Do you crochet or knit?  If so, I'd love to see what you are working on or some patterns you love.  Link them in the comments below or feel free to email me.

Have a lovely week!

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