Now, where was I? Oh yes, crochet. No examples survive of my early work; however, I am pretty sure that what I made back then were doll clothes. I had no patterns. It was all trial and error, working and adjusting and re-adjusting until I had something that sort of fit. Mom wasn't much help in that department. Her specialty was granny square afghans. Oddly enough I never felt the urge to crochet one of those, perhaps because there were already too many of them spread around the house.
|My recent knitting books|
Fast forward a few decades. Somehow I left crochet behind with my childhood. I was living and working in a university town. Some of my colleagues got me interested in knitting and together we took a course at a local yarn shop. My first project was a sweater vest for my Dad. It was to be a surprise gift for Christmas, so there was no question of trying it on him for size even if we hadn't been hundreds of miles apart at the time. (That's my excuse for why it came out so big.) Nevertheless, I was off and running. The sweaters accumulated. I changed jobs and moved a couple of times. The sweaters went into storage with everything else.
|Practice, practice, practice!|
|Mika and her wrap|
A few years ago I tried to relearn crochet from a book, but for some reason I couldn't get it. There are some differences between the book and the method I learned in class. Is one of them wrong? Or is it another way to arrive at the same result? I'll have to make a small square using the book's method to see if both look the same when they're done. The book has some crochet patterns for human size garments that I would love to make for dolls.
|RealPuki Kaka attended class with me Now he wants his own crochet hook.|