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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 Etsy.com and Folksy.com. 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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