Work in progress – I guess that’s common to nearly all of us who get into crafts especially the yarn ones like my crochet!
I love crochet ..it is relaxing and yet poses a challenge regularly if you experiment with it …oh and the THINGS YOU CAN MAKE!
That’s half the trouble with craft – starting… it comes from being inspired…. and then you KEEP being inspired… and feel all excited for the next project as it looks so – usually cute – in my case.
Unless you spend almost full days on crochet it can be hard to do a make quickly .
For me, crochet is all about the relaxing – the process. ..and yet then I want results for my inspiration, but that does, of course, come with a lot of concentrating and time – when you crochet to relax – often I choose evenings to crochet too…then it means you are tired so that is why I love snugly fulfilling and colourful crochet blankets. …
I start 2017 with 4 works in progress – will I finish them all …not sure (and I am finding them a bit hard ) but do I want to start another YES!
However I don’t really earn the unfinished title as generally I do finish what I start. …in the year or so I have been doing crochet – I have completed …
1 large blanket
2 elephant toys
Few bits for toys clothes
Christmas Wreath decorated
Christmas lights made of crochet
Doll for the tree
A large snowflake granny square.
A jar holder.
A carpet for my sylvanian families!
see about my crochet history HERE
And the whimsyandcosy crochet a long
Crochet W.I.P. (works in progress )
– a winter throw blanket
– super dog
– small Yoda
– End of a small granny square lap blanket
I have my OWN CAL (crochet along ) coming mid January time. For my email subscribers ( so sign up 😊).. ..more simple for beginners and still fun for those more advanced.
Basic but lovely crochet fun. (I’m not an expert! )
A CAL where we can chat about it at a regular thread on the ‘whimsyandcosy craft club’ on facebook.
See the blog post about it too☆
It will be as if friends getting together for a cup of tea and chat (so to speak) about how our crochet fun is going…
Chatting over our colour choices (for there WILL be some colour choice ) and the time we have made to crochet. *
I have HEAPS of yarn ‘Man of Mine’ treated me LAST Christmas to stacks .. so no excuse to buy more but I went through my yarn stash and pulled out all the colours to see what I had – hope I have enough of each colour but I will work it out…it’s not an emergency!
I have the other work in progress x 4 as well …(I’m still doing those as well as it stands at the moment)…it just may take a while!
I’m going to try to finish or get closer to finishing one of my works in progress next time we talk crochet and with THE CAL (CROCHET A LONG for those who don’t know ) starting in January, I will give you updates on how I am finding it / but for joining and please do…remember to sign up for blog emails (various fun topics for you to enjoy – all relaxing fun) and if you want to join in the chats please look up the club on Facebook and apply to join.
ALL ABOUT YOU
Do you crochet and have you ever done a CAL?
It’s fun to talk crochet it’s one of my passions! I find it so relaxing and so creative, it is fun to think what may be made or could be made, what new patterns will be followed, what new ideas you may just think of and create even without a pattern… also the fact you can make things in all those wonderful colours, the pleasure of beautiful yarn is really a big part of it. Yarn is such a nice tactile thing and I have found some very inexpensive yarns to feel lovely. (Plus wash some yarns in the machine – bonus)
Also do you have many works in progress? – I don’t want to build up too many, I would rather ‘frog’ them than that, if you wonder what that means it means undoing all your work, very easy to do but not a very fun thing! Not something I have done yet. (starting again yes, not making it no)
There are so many ideas of what to make now – especially with great magazines and you tube.
I would love to hear if you do crochet, or if you plan to start learning it, it really is easier to learn now with You Tube to help.
I have had trouble understanding some patterns, especially with the way crochet patterns can be written in USA or UK terms, why oh why! I am so familiar with some stitches but others fill me with the ‘concern‘ LOL.
For me, somebody showing you on You Tube in a calmly real-time way is one of the easiest ways to learn and there is a pause button to use, and I have used it. You have to work out which terminology they are using themselves though, mostly – hopefully – they do say. Or their accent gives it away.
The thing to remember is one of the BEST things about crochet is the inspiration it gives, and that it is just supposed to be a bit of FUN. I guess no one who crochets has not struggled with something at some point.
We must all go easy on ourselves about how WHAT WE make (or not) matches up to what our plan was and how the picture looks.
We wouldn’t get the sense of achievement if it was THAT easy, and I have already achieved more than I thought I would, so onwards – towards the next crochet time, with a few works in progress and some hope of more completed pieces to enjoy.
It’s all in the name of FUN.
I learnt a lot from a magazine part work called ‘The art of crochet’ which I collected for a little while and had/has some great reference in it. (and you got yarn with it which was really fun for starting my yarn collection)
As I have said You Tube, I had some help from ‘Happy Berry Crochet’ doing crochet, and I love to watch ‘Jayda InStitches’ she is so funny with lots of cool ideas – brilliant.
Be ready when you start collecting yarn that you may never stop – its a fun ‘problem’ though! Although I have barely bought any this year after getting so much last year, so I have done well.
This year may see some of you try crochet for the first time and if so I wish you luck and encouragement. It is a fantastic hobby. Well worth trying in my humble opinion.
… and do JOIN me in the whimsyandcosy Crochet- a -long. Simple crochet no pressure fun.. look for the email sign up box