Just after Christmas, my very good friend (and partner in crime), Tammy, decided to take up crocheting again. Like me, she had learned as a child, and so she showed me how to make this simple treble crochet infinity scarf. Then I started getting "fancy" and adding trim on it.
Okay, I know if you are a long-time "hooker", this isn't all that impressive, but for someone who hadn't touched a crochet needle in 30 years, I was impressed with myself . . .
And then I discovered that YouTube had all these videos on different stitches, so I started experimenting. Here is another infinity scarf with a different stitch:
Below is my first attempt at a hat - which looks pretty good, until you know that I was trying to make an adult hat and it turned out newborn sized! Yeah, that's when I started reading about gauge and needle size and taking things a bit more seriously . . . which, of course, required more yarn . . . and needles, and cases for yarn and needles . . .
Talullah, btw, contributed nothing to this process except a bit of dog hair - which I figure just makes the scarves warmer.
And then I thought . . . I don't have to do infinity scarves . . . I could do a regular scarf with fringe . . . this one is made with a chenille yarn.
The good news is that I finally mastered hats . . . and then everyone wanted one . . . so I made about fifteen in a row. No joke. I'm a whiz at the magic circle now!
Yes, here is the fancy scarf / hat combo . . . with trim!
Scarf and hat combo with no trim (who said I can't be flexible?)
Eventually, I made several scarves for Talullah. As you can see, she was very impressed.
Then my friend Tammy said, I really want to learn to knit, and I said "Me, too!" Seriously, Tammy and I should not be allowed to be together . . . we are dangerous . . . however, we are definitely good for the economy.
Tammy jumped right in and made a full length scarf. I decided that knitting is a little too slow for me (or I'm too slow for it), and since I felt like a baby giraffe trying to use it's legs for the first time holding the knitting needles, it took me a while to warm to it. As a result, I made several full length dishcloths! (Tammy is a show-off, anyway! ha!) On the plus side, however, I have discovered that knitted dishcloths are GREAT!
Did I mention all that with all the yarn I had to buy, I also had to buy a new shelving unit for my recent Craft purchases (left), and added that jumbo metal crate unit for my yarn. I took this photo before I put all of my yarn in it because at some point I realized that it was getting embarrassing. Let's just say that where you can see space in the crates in the photo . . . not so much now.
Oh, I have also branched out and made a couple of handbags. This one was made with yarn my mom found at Big Lots!
Here is Talullah in a babushka I made to keep her hears warm. I know you can feel how much she loves it. Or not.
In addition to dozens of scarves, and hats, a couple of handbags, a cell-phone carrier, and a few other goodies . . . what I'm working on now is lap afghans for the residents of the Nursing Home where my mom works, and where I take Talullah to visit every two weeks. Here is a photo of Talullah visiting one of the residents, and the shawl around the resident's shoulders is the first one I made for the home. My mom says she just lights up when they bring it out to her - and that makes me feel great about this new
obsession, er, hobby of mine!