Well, it's that time of year again! NaBloPoMo time, that is. My original plan was to create something every day of this month and then blog about it but I'm already slacking on day one. My bad. But I guess a blog post is a creation of some sort. It's creative writing! See? I'm not really straying too far from the creative idea.
Speaking of creativity, I taught myself to crochet several weeks ago. I tried to do the same four years ago but failed miserably. This time around, it was a lot easier because now there are so many more crochet tutorials and videos out there than it was four years ago. If one doesn't do the trick, there's always more to check out.
Four years ago, I wanted to learn to crochet because I wanted to be able to make a cute amigurumi but this time, all I wanted to be able to make was granny squares. Lots and lots of them in a variety of colours! Who knew that a granny square would make a great starting project. (Well, seasoned crocheters probably know it already but I didn't.)
After making half a dozen granny squares, I felt I was ready to try to make something else so I tried to make a whale. The first whale was a fail whale (Twitter joke, har, har!) because the shape just wasn't right. The second one was so much better. Still not perfect, but better. The next project I tried to tackle was to make a giraffe, but the giraffe ended up as a rubber chicken. Troy said he'd like it better as a rubber chicken so a rubber chicken it is!
Right now I'm trying to decide stuff to crochet to be given as Christmas presents to family members. I only have less than 2 months to finish three or four projects so we'll see how it goes. I already have a huge stash of yarns already. I've been buying yarns from thrift stores because it's an inexpensive way to get a wide variety of yarns. Plus I like the element of surprise. You'll never know what you're going to get!
For those who'd like to teach themselves how to crochet but don't know where to start, here's a short list of links that I found helpful:
- Amigurumi Tutorial 1 (learn how to crochet) at the Hook and Needles blog has some videos that clearly demonstrate the basic crochet stitches. It's a great starting point.
- Granny Square How-To at craftstylish has a step-by-step tutorial with pictures that is easy to follow. After making one, you will want to make a hundred more!
- Ravelry is a great place for finding free crochet patterns. It also provides you with an online tool to keep track with your projects. If you haven't got a Ravelry account yet, I can tell you that you're missing a lot! Go get one, it's free!
- Tiny Whale by June Gilbank of Planet June was my very first amigurumi. I like how it can be crocheted all in one piece. No sewing required!
Well, one day of NaBloPoMo down, 29 more to go!