Then, many years later whilst on holiday in Cumbria I chanced upon a lovely craft shop selling fantastic crochet kits and I was particularly taken with a rather nice shopper. The assistant assured me that even a child could follow the pattern so I duly handed over my money and couldn't wait to start it. It wasn't long before I was stuck, for some reason I do find it so hard to follow a crochet pattern. I mastered the stitches ok but the tension was obviously very wrong as it kept growing and growing and growing. I think I could have eventually made it into a coal sack so I cut my losses and made it up to the best of ability. It looked ok but nothing like the lovely picture on the front of the kit. I was determined to use it but the yarn was so rough, more like string, that every time I went out it snagged all my tights - not a pretty sight I can assure you.
I am not one to give up so last year decided I had to overcome my fear of crochet and took someone's advice and had a look on the internet where I found no end of blogs and websites. I found Lucy's wonderful blog Attic 24 which I visit every day and she gives such wonderful advice and tutorials. Have a look at Lucy's flower cushion, I lust after this on a regular basis and so want to make one just like it. It is on my to do list before the end of this year, so watch this space readers.
I also fell upon some great tutorials on a blog called momof5daughters which gave some great little youtube clips. I followed one of these to make a flower, watched it over and over with crochet hook and yarn in hand. After much perspiration and sighing I finally mastered it - wonderful! I did the same routine with the granny square and now can finally say that I can do this too..................still cannot read a pattern or do anything else but can cope with granny square. I have made a few cushions and this is my latest which needs finishing. Here is a close up of my squares, I love doing them but they take time to sew in all the ends so I tend to pick them up when I have a few minutes to spare.
|A basket of grannies!|
|Close up of granny squares|
|Cushion back - still to be sew up and tidied!|
|One side of the finished cushion|
Well lovely readers it is amazing the effect my blog is having on my motivation and drive to finished things. I just hope I can keep it up and don't end up in a sad heap on the floor. I do hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get to do some nice things. Thank you for popping by, it was so lovely to see you all.xx