Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Crochet Foray

For some time now I've wanted to be a "quilter and." Many a friend I've met in the past few years is not just a quilter; she is a "quilter and knitter" or a "quilter and crocheter." How I've envied these people who fill their Instagram feeds with beautiful quilting projects, yet every now and then suddenly pop in a stunning picture of yarny goodness, saying, "Oh, and here's a little thing I just finished on the side." I love taking time off from one hobby to refresh with another. Fabric design has been a wonderful switch for me when I need a break from quilting, but of course, I'm not allowed to show you 95% of what I'm working on at any time. So a voyage into the world of yarn arts seemed like a good idea.

I've attempted knitting before with dubious results -- and by dubious I mean that I haven't actually finished a knitting project yet. One day after being emboldened by taking an online video course, I was traipsing through the aisles at Joann Fabrics and suddenly told the girls, "Pick out your favorite color of yarn, and I'll knit you a scarf!" They were thrilled and so was I...until I found myself knitting at the speed of a three-toed sloth, which frankly could have probably made better time with three toes than I was making with ten fingers. My husband, who is a wonderful knitter, spent several days quietly watching my agonizingly slow progress before he sweetly offered to knit one of the other scarves to help out. By then I was worried enough that our Southern California "winter" would be over before the girls had the chance to even try on their scarves, so I agreed. In the end, he wrapped up the first and second scarves before I was even halfway done with the third, and I wound up giving him that one to finish as well so that my last daughter didn't have to go around scarf-less while her sisters basked in my husband's handiwork. Since then I've only used my knitting needles as first-class turning tools when I'm sewing.

The dictionary defines a foray as "a sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, especially to obtain something; a raid." Except for the whole "enemy territory" thing (I've always thought that crochet and patchwork were quite friendly together), this pretty much describes how aggressively I throw myself into any new hobbies I attempt. For the past few days I've been crocheting during every free minute. I absolutely love that this is a craft I can do anywhere. Granny squares are something I always wanted to try, so I found a good video tutorial (this one really clicked for me) and off I went. I made a larger version to go on a coffee table in the living room, and then a stack of tiny ones to form a garland for the family room.

I don't know if I can officially call myself a "quilter and crocheter" yet -- it feels a little early and presumptuous for that -- but I've definitely found myself a new hobby to love. I'll admit, though, that I've felt a bit as if I was cheating on my fabric and sewing machine over the past few days. It may be time to give them some love...


  1. Oh, hun, of course you can say "quilter and crocheter"!!
    And think about getting a knitting class.
    It's a wonderful hobby, and matches very well with crochet. ;)


  2. I tried knitting for the first time when I was 3, being taught by my great aunt. After a tiny bit of work, I told her I thought I'd give up knitting. I still have the stool that I sat on, because it has such a funny story. I still don't knit very well. I can do some basic stuff, but it takes me forever. Good for you, trying something new! And yes, you can now say you are a crocheter!

  3. You have done a beautiful job! Yeah for you!! I have been wanting to learn to knit a pair of socks forever and have been so scared to start, ugh! You give me inspiration!!

  4. Yes, I know exactly what you mean :). I love sewing and quilting, but I also enjoy knitting while watching TV or waiting in a carpool lane. Good for you for giving crocheting a go, wishing you all the success and many relaxing times with your new hobby.

  5. Your Granny squares are beautiful! I went to the site you listed and I can't wait to learn from her, crocheting and knitting are 2 of my goals for 2018. Right now I am making a "comfort doll" on a 24 peg Knifty Knitter and I am intrigued!! Please share more of your work as you make it!!

  6. beautiful granny squares!! And I have to say I end up jumping around to different hobbies, but I always end up back in quilting. I've been knitting and crocheting in Dec and January. It's fun to have a very portable project, and the crocheting sure can be finished faster than a quilt!! Enjoy your new skills!! :) Hugs, H


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