Sunday, 11 April 2010

On A Quest!

I’m on a mission – a personal one!

I’m exercising the left handside of my brain by learning new tricks!!

Well, that's what I’m telling myself!  Some (most) people think I’m crazy – but then I won't go into how they spend their spare time…………

Yesterday I booked onto a workshop to learn how to crochet at Baa Ram Ewe in Leeds. Now this is a beautiful shop and I was amazed at all the creations people had made, both on display in the shop and those brought in by my fellow learners!  If you’re ever in the area check it out – or book onto one of their workshops!

I have to say I really am a total novice and after a very slow start (I have to admit I nearly gave up) and a very patient teacher (thanks Sarah) I now “get it!”

Can’t say its perfect, tension is my enemy now but I’m sure that will come with practice.  My fingers have been well exercised and I am very manually dexterous by nature of my work!

My first attempts were so “tight” – we were supposed to be making coasters – mine is for a sherry glass! Others made what I can only describe as blankets – I wanted to be that loose!!!


After lunch at the noodle bar next door (bottomless boxes btw!) we started on granny squares! I didn't hold out much hope but by jolly  - I got it!!  It was slow, I kept having to check back at the stitch instructions but hey – I made it! 

A Happy Hooker indeed!

Today I’ve had a go at  crocheted flowers – ummmmmmm, well they aren't very even – but I read a pattern and had a stab at it, realising that the Americans use slightly different names for their stitches!!!  The joy of the internet!

So, I now need more yarn – we used Rowans hand knit cotton – it really is a lovely yarn but I need more colours – so whoops – shopping is called for! OH sighs once more!

Next quest – perfect the knitting!     And then the sewing!   And then the……………well we’ll see!

Happy Crafting everyone!



Dragonlady said...

Hi Sue

Good on you for trying something new. You know what us mothers say? Practise makes perfect.

Hugs Ali x

eiyiyi said...

Yeah you!! That's great. Nothing better for the little grey cells than learning something new. I'm always available for online help and instruction when you get to the knitting bit. hugs, eileen

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

A Happy Hooker, hmmm! Well done on your mission and learning to crochet :) I've only ever done a bit of crochet in the past but I do love the action of it.
Anne xx

Sue B said...

Hi Susan, well done you! I taught myself to chrochet in the late
60's.. I bought a Patons book. I can crochet anything as long as I have a pattern! I used to love using fine cottons , making lacey boarders on linen etc but when it comes to squares etc, I can only do it with a pattern... Did you have a pattern!
xx Sue B xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Oh forgot I'd seen this when I commented on your next post. Funny when I was reading this I was thinking someone else had mentioned baa ram ewe in Leeds!
Anne xx


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