Because HALLELUJAH! I've got it! I'm proud to say that I've finally conquered the elusive crochet hook!
I've been trying to learn how to crochet for-damn-ever and FINALLY it came to me. Crocheting is one of those things that no matter how many sleepless nights you stay awake until 3:30 am watching tutorials on YouTube (not sayin I did that), it just doesn't click until you have a real person show you. Even then my poor grandma had to listen to my frustrated rantings during our Tucson vacation in July as she tried patiently to teach me how to get the hang of it. But I just couldn't I'd get all stressed out about the yarn tension, and how to hold my hands, and how tightly to grip the hook, and which string to go under and how many times I wrap the needle, and AAAHHHHHH!!!!!!
The anxiety about killed me.
But lo and behold- I left crocheting alone for a few weeks, and upon revisiting it, I got it! It was a revelation! You really have to find your groove with crocheting, but once you find it there's no turning back. It's really quite addicting.
I've been obsessing over crochet ideas lately, and I decided to try my hand at this blanket:
Isn't it lovely? Except my blocks are completely wonky and uneven, but really that matters not because it will just make it look eccentric and funky. (Maybe if I just keep telling myself that it will come true). The tutorial for the blanket is found at Dottie Angel's, which is full of crafty goodness.
In the meantime, I wanted to crochet something for my dear little Lola (my first niece ever!) that will be coming into the world in the winter, so I found a wonderful Baby Beanie tutorial on Crochet Geek. I put in into a PNG file so I could remember where it is and not get lost in my bookmarks folder of Doom.
Mine turned out a bit pointy up top, so I decided it needed a pom pom. The pom pom tutorial is from Candice Carpenter's blog
I also added a sweet little flower on the edge to give it some pizzaz (every baby loves a little piz-AZZ, you know). I can't find the tutorial I used for the flowers, so I'll keep looking and post it soon!
So that's my latest crafting adventure. I feel so accomplished. Now I have a pile of scrap fabric waiting to be turned into a Back To School Dress for little Penelope, who's first day of preschool with her brother Landen is next Tuesday. Get ready for some momma tears.