According to my timehop app, it’s about a year since I took a hook, a ball of wool and attempted the art of crochet for the umpteenth time!
I was about 34 weeks pregnant and it must have been my nesting instinct kicking in as it was about the only thing I did that could be considered nesting! For some reason, this time, all it took was a few YouTube videos and I very quickly got the hang of it. It suddenly made so much sense!
I’m still perplexed by what happened to my brain and my creative abilities at this point. I had grown up knowing how to knit from a very young age. My Mam taught me when I was probably about 7, I got the hang of it and was making those lovely Jean Greenhowe dolls for presents when I was a teen. I wasn’t very good at making wearable garments though and only managed one mitten for my precious first born. Luckily my Mam made lots of lovely cardis and bonnets.
I remember my daughter receiving some beautiful cardigans when she was born and I assumed they were knitted. My Mam pointed out that they were crocheted and crochet was really hard and she had never got the hang of it. I think this is probably where my mental block originated!
I had tried a few times after visiting my local yarn store for some advice. The lady sold me a 2.5mm hook (!) and a leaflet with some diagrams of what to do. I could not for the life of me decipher what those pictures were trying to tell me and I ended up with lots of knots and tangled wool.
So last year, I discovered YouTube was my friend and has a wealth of videos teaching crochet. This series was my favourite to start with. I also found Repeat Crafter Me which was so inspiring in my early days as a crochet addict. I have since discovered communities both sides of the Atlantic which are full of lovely, inspiring and supportive people.
I haven’t knitted since I started crochet. I was beginning to think I may never knit again (because of I how much I love to crochet) until I picked up a knitting needle the other day to clear a blockage from the hoover tube and I remembered how much I loved knitting too! If only there were more hours in the day!