Saturday, April 25, 2015

i'm crocheting!

Yes, that's right, I said crocheting!

I've caught the one-hook bug for sure. Over the winter I spent a lot of time hanging out with a couple of crochet evangelists, and they convinced me to try it. With some basic instructions from a friend, and an hour in front of my laptop with the Crochet Guru, here's what I made for my first project:

I didn't make all of these... just the wonky-looking beginner penguin on the left.
Even though I'm a complete novice and I only know three stitches, I find that crochet is approximately one million times faster than knitting. That's actually the reason I wanted to learn it in the first place... I decided to knit an afghan as a gift, and I just couldn't face thousands of yards of yarn at my snail-like knitting pace. Yay crochet!

Here's the afghan-in-process so far:

I'm making it with Cascade 220 Superwash, perhaps the most versatile wool yarn ever. Such a wonderful selection of colors. I chose 9 colors for this afghan, inspired by the colors of Fiesta Ware. The pattern is a simple Edie Eckman Granny Stripe pattern I got from the internets.

My next adventure in crochet may be with Edie Eckman too... I'm itching to take her Crochet Techniques class on Craftsy. Maybe that will be my reward to myself for finishing this afghan!