Being a hooker is hard

Being a hooker is hard

So I found a crochet pattern that I would really love to make as a Christmas present.

Aside: No, all those knitted Christmas presents I had planned aren’t going to get done… I have been off of knitting for so long. I totally burned myself out with all the projects I did last year. I’m only starting to feel like picking up my needles again. Perhaps next year.

So anyway, I found a certain crochet pattern that looked fairly simple. It’s all one stitch, and I think it’s supposed to be a fairly basic one. I figured, I’ll learn some crochet basics and give it a shot…

So, I watched this introductory video. With its instruction I made a nice little swatch of single crochet.

135Not bad, right? Okay, so I started with 20 stitches and ended up with 19, but that’s a reasonable beginner mistake. My knitting experience helped me get the tension pretty good, so it doesn’t have that total rookie sloppy look.

So, at my next opportunity, I moved on to part 2. And then I got lost. I watched the section with each stitch multiple times. I could do each one as I watched it, but I needed more practice with each one in order to actually remember which was which.

When I learned to knit, I started with squares for a sampler afghan. So I thought with crochet, a simple granny square might be a good first project to practice the stitches so I could get a better handle on them.So I found this granny square how-to. I can’t tell you how many times I tried it and ripped it. I only got as far as the first round. It never looked like the one in the picture. I looked up videos on the stitches to make sure I was doing them right… but I guess I wasn’t.

I think this is not going to come as easily as I thought it might. There are (approximately) a zillion different stitches! How does anyone learn them all??

I ordered some books on the subject, perhaps they’ll be more helpful… or I may be hunting down some of you crocheters out there for some assistance.

Tanks for the slippers

Tanks for the slippers

One of those things that happen once you start to knit is people asking you for certain knit items. I’m pretty happy to oblige. I love making something for someone that I actually know for sure they’ll like. Actually, I really love getting any gift for someone that I’m certain they’ll like.

Of course, one of the other things that happens is you get requests for something in a craft you don’t actually know because people can’t tell whether something is knit or crochet. I got one such request for Christmas for these awesome PANZER SLIPPERS. Normally I just shrug off the request for crochet items because, while I’d like to learn how to do that as well, I have too long a list of knit projects to put the time into that right now. This just happened to be a request from my brother-in-law who was about to leave for a deployment. The situation called for some extra effort, but I was pretty sure it would take years for me to develop enough skill to attempt this pattern. I had to call in an expert.

My awesome cousin Rachel, crocheter extraordinaire, graciously agreed to make the slippers. Really, how awesome are these? I had a major geek out when I opened the package they came in.

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IMG_4629Here’s a little action scene I set up with one of them:

panzerLooks pretty realistic, right? That’s just how good Rachel’s skills are.

With the possibility of projects like this, I really must learn to crochet one day.