The Science Nerd

My Latest Hobby

January 22, 2012

cro·chet

[kroh-shey; Brit. kroh-shey, -shee]

1.needlework done with a needle having a small hook at one end for drawing the thread or yarn through intertwined loops.

Around Christmas I saw a blog post with pictures and instructions for crocheting washcloths.  I thought the washcloths were absolutely beautiful, in fact, they fascinated me.  So I decided that I would like to learn to crochet, washcloths especially, since I felt like they would fit in nicely with Glynne’s Soaps and be a great addition to the soap and skin care items we already sell.

I decided to make learning to crochet a goal for the new year, so on New Years Eve I purchased a crochet hook (size J) and two skiens of yarn – one a natural tan color with flecks of rust and green and the other a bright orange, yellow and pink.  They are both 100% cotton, which I had read is best for washcloths.

Because Gayle was still recovering from surgery, we didn’t have big plans for New Years, we had rented some movies, bought some food and I was ready to learn to crochet.  I had watched a few different videos on YouTube , and was eager to get started.  With yarn and hook in hand, I watched the video’s again, pausing every so often so I could follow along.  I think I got the hang of the steps that night, I decided to keep the small square that was my first attempt.

Over the next few weeks I was able to crochet one washcloth that will be for personal use.  (It’s not the greatest thing ever created, but I think it’s a good first step)

I enjoy crocheting, but sometimes get frustrated with having to hold everything and make my fingers move the way I want them too.  I have recently switched up how I hold my yarn, I think it’s working better for me.  I now hold the yarn with my second and third fingers and hold the piece with my first finger and thumb.  I think it gives me more control.

I have definitely not gotten the hang of the tension yet, but everyone keeps telling me that comes with practice, so I’m trying not to be too worried about it.  Part of me just wants it to be perfect right away.  I know that’s impossible, so I will keep at it.  I’ll try to remember to post pictures as I go, but for now here is a picture of my first washcloth attempt.

 

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