If you've been wondering where I've been for the last 2 weeks well I have been lost in the pursuit of all things crafty. After a bit of a creative hiatus, I have finally reacquainted myself with some of my old favourite hobbies. Instead of sitting here in the evening tapping away on the laptop, my fingers have been busy engaging in a host of delicious things like knitting, and oil painting, and restoring old furniture, sanding, and varnishing, and oiling, and turning pages of books and the "newbie" - crocheting. I've become quite obsessed with it all! So much so that I get to the end of the day and literally can't wait to head upstairs and get started on one of the millions of projects I now have on the go.
It all started when I joined Pip's "A Granny A Day"group. This is where you crochet a Granny Square A Day or if you're new to crocheting like me, you learn to crochet and then proceed to do as many Granny's as your little heart desires.
I Didn't want to launch right into the creative stuff with a meltdown because I couldn't master a chain stitch on the Granny Square so I decided to warm the fingers up with some basic knitting. The first night I knitted until 2 in the morning. It is quite addictive. It really is. So I had a few knitting projects on the go, and then I found a couple of pieces of furniture from the op-shop and salvage yard requiring some love so I made a start on those, then I started a painting. And then I got absorbed in a good book. And finally in amongst it all I learnt to crochet yesterday.
So that's where I've been.
I've been having a wonderful time. But what I'm not quite used to is starting so many things and having them all on the go at the one time. It's so unlike me. I normally start a project and finish it before starting the next. I'm quite loyal like that. Reading is a classic example. I have NEVER read more than one book at a time. I actually tried to read two novels at once, just as an experiment, because I do strange things like that to myself. I had to stop almost instantly as it just didn't right. I didn't feel like I was giving it the full undivided attentive it deserved. Odd. The same cannot be said for this new foray of mine into all things creative. I have become quite the craft tart, flitting about from one project to another, with lots of things on the go but nothing yet to show you. It's fun and interesting to have lots of choice at the end of the day. It feels a bit naughty and I kinda like it. So I will just continue on and I'll probably have an abundance of things to show you all at once in the next week or so!
Anyway, without further ado, here is my very first Granny Square!!!
I'm really quite pleased with myself. This was just a practice one but I'm going to move straight onto making a little rug. I think it looks a little spindly but hoping a slightly tighter tension and possible smaller hook will make them look a little fluffier? Not sure. Any crocheter's out there?
They really do look more tricky than they are but all credit must go to Pip for her amazing step-by-step tutorials. The lady is amazing. And just when you think you're not going to get there, she'll throw in some encouragement in the way of "that's it, Petals!". How can that not bring a smile to your dial.
So do head over to Pips if you would like to learn to crochet.
And in the meantime, tell me, are you a loyal crafter doing one project at a time or are you more of a craft tart like I am at the moment?
|Image from Meet Me At Mikes|