I took my first crochet class at Assemble last Monday evening and, even though I left wondering if I'd get the knack, a couple of days later it all clicked into place. After years of crochet brain blockage, some stray neurons in my brain must have found each other and fused.
In other words, my dear readers, the crochet revolution at the wise craft household has begun in earnest. I can't stop!
I.am.in.love! Compared to even the simplest of knitting projects, these granny squares feel so much more like instant gratification. Deciding which colors will be paired up for each new square is delightfully fun, the rounds just fit in my hands, the ability to see a mistake, take it out and redo it without recounting from the beginning is great. (I'm told these are all very much going to actually be square in the end, something that was really bugging me at first). Did I mention how much I love to pick the colors for each one??
There are themed granny squares with specific colors combos. Like this one. A replica of my favorite preppy outfit in high school...a white shirt with yellow piping around the collar (in the preppy, southern language at the time, these were called Tanner shirts and we all had several, but all were white with contrast piping), kelly green Levi cords (I wish I still had those for Emma), and a heather gray monogrammed cardigan...
This one is very much like Ian's baby room colors...
Tonight is our 2nd and final class, the one where hopefully I will learn to crochet these all together (what will this be? A scarf? A pillow? Something bigger? We'll see.) and create an edge around them all.
Youtube videos didn't teach me, kid's crochet books didn't do it for me, nothing really taught me until I sat in that class and had a real, like teacher sitting over me walking me through the steps. Just like knitting, once my hands had memorized the motions, it became quite effortless. But mind you, every single one of these is different in some way (translation- messed up). Two double crochet when I should have done three, things like that. But it seems like these granny squares are forgiving enough in some cases that it will still all work, I'm over trying to make them all perfect.
I am timing myself by sitcoms on Hulu that I watch with Emma and Ian on the weekends (they get one episode each Friday and Saturday before bed, their choice). One and a half granny square can be completed during a half hour episode of Bewitched or Alf. More can be completed during bad movies (I practically completed a whole blanket during Date Night.) Less during Project Runway. You get the idea.