Having lived with arthritis for a bit over 30 years now (was a young’un when I got it) every now and then there are hiccups due to a rather faulty auto-immune system. The last month or so has been been one of those times, so art has taken a back seat. Even the camera has been fairly idle, which is unusual for me. Inspiration took a holiday so I have picked up my other love – craft – and kept creatively busy with that. In fact, after years of wanting to know how to crochet, I have finally learnt how!
In the last four weeks, I have crocheted an edge around a knitted blanket and then crocheted a whole blanket.
I have had the knitted blanket finished for a while and was going to ask someone else to edge it for me, but one of the wonderful women at my community art and craft group said she’d teach me. I learnt how to crochet by double crochet stitching around the blanket (undoing it a couple of times to get the tension right). It’s about a metre and a half square, so quite a lot of stitches. Helped me to get comfortable holding the crochet hook as I am more used to knitting needles.
Once I finished the edge I wanted to do some more so with 4 colours I taught myself treble crochet and how to make a granny square. 25 large squares later and I had a blanket.
The blue hasn’t shown up right in the photo (and I don’t know photoshop that well yet to fix it), but the four colours look great together. I finished sewing the ends in last night. Pity we are going into summer now – have to wait until autumn to use it.
So now, what to crochet next?