25 February, 2010

Did I tell you about crochet class?

Crochet display 2/19/10

In high school, I definitely thought crochet kicked knitting's butt. I made my brother Aaron a series of ill-fitting crocheted beanies (too thick, too short, rather like a puffy yarmulke) and my Aunt Glo and rather terrifying scarf that I'd rather not even describe here. Then college hit and my dorm buddies reminded me how to execute a few basic knitting skills, and my costume teacher Martha lent me a set of double points and I never looked back. My crochet skills were only the tiniest bit revived when I co-taught the Montessori crafts camp with Cindy, a famous crocheter (I just love those two words together).

So when I had the chance to take a crochet class aimed partly at knitters who wanted to branch out, I was very excited. Deb, our teacher, had a slew of project choices for us, each of which would help us get the hang of certain skills. Our first project that we all did together was a felted box. (Hey, all this time I've been swearing that Lamb's Pride is the best basic worsted weight yarn for felting, and it turns out, it's actually Cascade 220. Huh!)
Crochet display 2/19/10

After boxes, we branched out into washcloths (mine is a shell stitch):
My organic cotton washcloth, crocheted in a shell stitch pattern

and granny squares (I didn't spend much time on mine because I want to do one of those amazingly humongous granny square blankets made with some yarn that has long color repeats, like Noro or Mini Mochi or Tie-Dye).
My 1st granny square!

Then I went stash diving and came up with the perfect half-skein of gorgeous Brooks' Farm Primero, 100% kid mohair, that Meg sold me at the yarn swap last year. This was the perfect project: done by the end of the class, used up almost exactly the amount of yarn that I had, required no counting or pre-planning. Done. I love it!
I can crochet! (Again!)

Crochet mini-shawl

1 comment:

Deb Burger said...

Glad you had such a good time, and thanks for posting your pictures and blogging about the class. I had a great time, too, and it was fun to watch how quickly you and some of the others "caught on" to the different logic, and began to create on your own. Hugs!

I'm on Flickr a lot.

Jessica K.. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr