I recently took up crochet. I started out with one hook and lots of odd bits of wool that I had gathered over the years.
YouTube never ceases to amaze me with tutorials and information - and I can say, that my crochet is learned completely using this resource.
About two weeks ago, I followed an online tutorial on how to make a Granny Square. I follwed the tutorial and just continued adding 'rounds' and as the square grew, I decided that I would make it big enough for a lap blanket - the type of thing that sits on the back of the sofa looking pretty, but then gets dragged off and draped on your knees or around your shoulders when it feels a bit chilly.
I didn't however give any thought to where I had bought the previous balls of yarn from and to this end, when I ran out of PINK, I really struggled to get another ball the same. But I think the mish-mash adds to it's lovely charm.
One thing that has baffled me as the blanket has grown, is the way in which the square is twisting slightly within the blanket. I assume that this is due to either the differing types of yarn OR maybe my tension has changed at some point. If anyone has any idea what has happend here, then do please post a comment.
I have about 5 rounds or so to add to this, before it's big enough for the lap. However, each round now takes over and hour and so I am generally leaving this till the weekend as a treat AFTER I have completed my house chores!
I will be attending my first Knit and Natter type event on Thurday this week - and I will take my blanket to see if someone can show me how to weave in the ends.
I find the whole crochet making very theraputic. The motion of in and out with the hook and watching something form fairly quickly appeals to me.......I never really got along with knitting because it takes ages to look like anything!
I love the blanket. But I am dying to try another stripey blanket. Watch this space.