But crochet? Crochet defeats me. I have tried to get the hang of it over the years but to no avail and so my crochet hook has been relegated to the bottom of my needle bag, secure in its’ plastic pouch and so little use has it had, that the price tag on the pouch is still clear and as new, despite being in my possession for the last 15 years or so. Carry on like this and it’ll soon be classified as a relic of great historical importance, sought after by museums and serious collectors alike ……. okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration but you know what I mean.
Since starting this blog I have stumbled across a couple of really good blogs documenting the knitting and crocheting projects of the blog authors, mollie&claire and thegrangerange the latter of which I only recently came across. With my previous attempts at crocheting still clear in my mind, I have admired the skill of these ladies from afar but whilst browsing ‘thegrangerange‘ the other day, I happened upon a gorgeous striped crocheted cat toy and a post about the making of a cute mouse toy. Middle Mudlet was sitting beside me at the time and instantly fell for the cat and was quite disappointed to know that mummy couldn’t actually crochet and so I wouldn’t be able to attempt it.
Her disappointment coupled with the pure gorgeousness of both cat and mouse, played on my mind and so last night, I dug out my crochet hook, found an oddment of wool, located a ‘how to for dummies’ guide via Google and set to work.
I should point out at this juncture that I don’t expect to have the skills to even think about making either toy until the Mudlets are graduating from Year 13, (Little Mudlet is currently Year 1 and Middle Mudlet is Year 4 in case you were wondering), but I am quite pleased with how my chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet stitches turned out. I’ve never managed to get this far before and granted it is far from perfect but later today I will start again and hone my emerging skill (I use the word lightly), practicing these stitches again before trying out more variations like the shell stitch or the v stitch.
Oh and what about the triple double stitch – doesn’t that sound fabulously complicated.
Oh and as for crocheting in circles ……. oh my, I can’t wait.