Thursday, February 7, 2008

Crochet


I feel like an old lady admitting that I crochet, but I do. I've been working on this blanket for what seems like ages. It is my first project, so it's a bit of a learning process. I'm still not entirely certain how I'm doing it... my mom said it looks more like knitting, but I use only one hook and know one stitch. The rest is a bit improvised.

I must say it gives me a new found respect for being able to buy a blanket at a store - or to see how thoughtful a handmade gift is. I think my blanket is taking a bit more time as well because the stitches are so tight - similar to a knit sweater. I was so excited when I found this 100 % cotton yarn, because it is soft and bright (wow... I sound even more elderly).

I'll be happy about the day that I'm able to make baby booties or sweaters, simply because I don't think I have the patience or much interest in making something for an adult.

Martha Stewart has these beautiful baby blankets and soft toys made from crocheting that I may attempt. I think they would look great matching this blanket that is taking a life time to finish. Now I just need to learn to be able to read the crochet language for patterns and learn a few more stitches... or else just improvise.

2 comments:

CraftyRachel said...

That blanket looks fabulous! I was thinking the same thing as your mother: hey, that looks like knitting. But a closer look reveals the rows of single crochet.

I'm trying to use up a bunch of yarn to make a similar blanket, but knit and the squares are all the same size. I really like the look of yours, though, with the varying shapes!

Emily said...

Thanks Rachel! - I'm sure your blanket would look even better because you're so good at things like that. You would be able to make squares with different stitches too... I still need some practice in that department.

I'm not quite sure how I'm going to finish the back of it... it's not as nice looking. Slowly I'm learning! I can't wait to see yours!