Hobby Hunting: Crochet!

Hobby Hunting: Crochet!

It was suggested to me by a dear friend of mine that I should get a hobby to fight off the boredom that comes with being unemployed and living with my parents again. As I come from a pretty involved and creative household there are no shortages of arts and crafts supplies around. So, today’s adventure into hobby-finding led me to… crochet!

I’ve become quite a fan of crochet recently, mostly because of all the research I’ve done into craft magazines and crafting communities. There are some amazing crochet creations on and After today’s crochet trial I can say I really admire those who are great at what they do.

You can see from the picture that I attempted to create a pot-holder, using this video and with help from my mom. The video instructs on making a dish cloth. Mine went a bit wonky.

For one, I completely forgot to count how many stitches I created, hence the ‘butterfly effect’ you see here. I realised my mistake about halfway through the piece.

The whole thing took me the same amount of time it took the Ravens/Broncos football game to play out. So, a couple of hours. It was really frustrating beginning to learn how to crochet. I don’t like not being good at things, and I got off to a bit of a rough start. I think I restarted this piece about 10 different times. I find it really difficult to hold the string, the semi-completed piece, and the hook at the same time.

My hands just don’t like to cooperate with each other and they started cramping in protest.

But, trials aside, I did eventually finish it! I really enjoyed learning something new. I’ll probably try my hand at some other projects before I make a ruling for/against crochet in general.

For now I can be proud that I’ve got a lovely pot-holder to call my own. And, if that doesn’t work out, my dog seemed pretty interested in having it as a chew toy.

Mmmm yarn!
Mmmm yarn!

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