Thursday, April 16, 2009

Crochet: Granny Craft Time

No, I don't mean my Grandma's crafts. I am talking about me. I am a crocheting nut.

See, here's what I mean. This is me and Gram.
Only she didn't make the blanket, I did.

I will shout it from the rooftops: I LOVE TO CROCHET! Love, love, love, lurve it. I know this makes me 1) not cool, 2) not even a knitter, which everyone always thinks it is, and 3) the subject of your envy. No, really. It's okay, you don't have to act like you think it's awesome. It just suits me.

It's cheap.
It's repetitive and soothing. Really.
I can make stuff to give away.
I taught myself.
I can talk to people while I do it.
It makes warm things. Win.

My best friend in high school, C, tried to teach me but I just wasn't getting it. I was no good. I could never make my stitches as tight as she did and I felt like a failure. It wasn't fun. I gave up.

I picked it up again after college though, mostly because my habit of reading when I had down time at Sac Ballet was not helping me make any friends. So it was vanity, really. I wanted people to like me. Problem: if your nose is in a book, no one will talk to you. Solution: make blankets, and you can talk at the same time. It was pretty easy once I decided I was going to teach myself. I should be ashamed to admit this because it's so corny, but I was able to do so because of a book called I can't believe I'm crocheting.

The main thing about learning to crochet is that you have to be willing to mess up, a lot. I learned that it doesn't matter how you crochet, as long as you are consistent. You also need a good book with step-by-step pictures. Learning from someone is great, and can be very helpful, but it's when you're alone and have no one to ask that things get hairy. Oh man, do they get hairy. You need a resource. The book I linked above is great, or I've found that this website, the Lyon brand yarn website, is very helpful for the same reasons. It's not the kind of thing one picks up easily, but once you get into a routine, you can really enjoy it. I promise. I have heard the same thing is true about running, but I am not there yet. I am reserving judgement.

I can follow a pattern, but lately I'm fixated on one simple pattern the Bestie gave me called Purple Passion. That's what the above blanket is that I made for Gram. I've made probably a puzillion and a half of those. it makes about a twin bed size blanket, and it uses two strands of yarn at the same time, so it's double warm and double awesome. My best time was 24 hours. I started one on December 23 and finished it on December 24. Yeah, I don't recommend that. But it is quite an easy pattern. That allows me to watch TV and turn off my brain while I crochet.

One other book I really like is Stitch N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker. Nice clear pictures and funny. Lots of those old school crochet books take themselves way too seriously.

I don't have many pictures of my blankets because my favorite thing to do is to give them away. I'd take a picture of the one I'm working on currently, but I'm trying to use up some old yarn scraps, so it ain't so cute. Lately I mostly buy the cheap Red Heart Brand Yarn from Wal Mart and it rocks my socks. I'm not into snooty wool yarns that scratch anyway. Blankets must be useable and washable.

It's a great hobby. It relaxes me. It keeps my hands busy while I watch TV so I don't end up shoveling in the cookie dough ice cream. Okay, sometimes it does that for me.

All the Grannies in the house say YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. Where my Grannies at?


  1. I dont crochet, but I think it's cool you do!

  2. I took to knitting but really want to try to crochet...I'm averaging about one project a year right now...pretty pathetic, I should do it more often.

    Grannie M.

  3. I don't crochet or knit...I quilt and sew...GRANNY"S UNITE!!!!

    ~Overweight Granny, Heavy B.