I hope you’ve all had a lovely day! We spent most of the day in our local pool, it’s so very hot here in Sydney at the moment!
So if you read my last blog post I told you all a little bit more about how I started crocheting, and I left off with how I became a little addicted to yarn!
Before I learnt to crochet, I had no idea that yarn came in all kinds of sizes and colours and that yarn was not in fact just Wool, but different materials as well! Even though I was getting the yarn supplied with each subscription of the magazine, I still didn’t know it wasn’t wool! I soon found out it was 4 ply acrylic, but what did that even mean?!?! I was completely clueless! So when I was out shopping one day, I was in a local dollar store and I came across a stand that had rows and rows of different coloured yarns! I felt like a kid in a candy store! I bought about 10 skeins and so my addiction to yarn began! Every chance I got, I’d go out to the local dollar stores and buy up their yarns, thankfully they were super cheap as I ended up with over 100 skeins of all different single colours as well as variegated yarns! Of course I still had no idea what to actually make with them! But I thought as I was still only learning the craft, using these yarns would be perfect for practising with. I was only a beginner and didn’t think I was ready to use the “Good” yarn yet!
I finally decided on a poncho pattern as my first project. Now apart from the squares each issue, I had never read a pattern before so when I saw this poncho pattern, I had no idea what I was getting myself into! It was just a basic pattern, but it was repetitive which I soon realised, bored the life out of me! It ended up taking me 2 weeks to finish that poncho!
Next I decided to try a smaller project, a scarf for my eldest daughter, which once again, I failed to realise just what I was getting myself into! This one started off with with 295 chains! I ended up only making half of the rows that the pattern required as I just couldn’t finish it!
After that I thought a scarf for my son would be quick and easy, I found a pattern online, and used a skein of camouflage acrylic yarn, I did end up finishing it, but realised that I didn’t follow the pattern properly, so even though I steam blocked it, it still curled up at the edges!
After that I decided that I only wanted to make items that were quick, that had lots of stitch and colour changes in the patterns and that were not at all repetitive! After searching online I came across a blog with a Granny a Day project, 365 granny squares, 1 square for every day of the year. It was exactly what I was looking for! And so my education into crochet really began! In my next blog post I’ll tell you all about it!