Now that we have firmly established my advancing age (thank you all for the birthday greetings!!), I will describe how I officially became a crotchety old lady.
“Crotchety” refers to someone given to odd notions, whims and grouchiness, and the term “crotchet” denotes a small hook. I have never been a crocheter and never planned on becoming one. This is not to diminish crocheting in any way, it’s just that I’ve got enough on my [knitting] plate without adding a whole new line of crazy! BUT, there are some knitting patterns that require a bit of crocheting and on occasion (damn that Ravelry!) I will stumble upon something very cute done in crochet (see below!).
Case in point: my dollar pattern:
I bought this pattern for a buck during the recent Shop Hop and love it. I already have the perfect yarn and was excited to think about starting it…but then noticed that the cute scallops at the bottom are created using crochet. Oh, the horror.
Luckily, while in Duluth this past weekend for daughter’s soccer tournament, I happened to stop in one of the local yarn shops — Yarn Harbor (I had to do SOMETHING in-between games!!). What could I buy in this very cute and well-stocked store?? I saw this and thought I should give it a chance:
Learn to Crochet in Just One Day
I told the clerk that I would be back for a refund if the title proved wrong…it didn’t! No refund necessary! I did indeed learn the fundamentals of crochet in one day — or actually one afternoon. Just the basics to be sure, and I’m not saying I could make anything, but I did learn how to single, double, and triple crochet, slip stitch, and half double crochet. When I got home and read the Lacy Cardigan pattern, I understood all of it except for reverse single crochet — after checking YouTube, I found out how to do this last necessary stitch.
Here is my very novice swatch.
I decided to try to make a little something to see if I could read a simple pattern. Here is my rendition of the Fan Bookmark, a popular free pattern on Ravelry:
Fan Bookmark, Size 1.25 mm hook, DMC Perle Coton #8
Close Up View
I’m sure that “real” crocheters will find many errors, but I am pretty proud of my lil bookmark! So, it is official: I am crotchety!!!