Learning a New Language
As things have slowly started to find their place in our new home, I'm beginning to long for that creative connection again.
Crochet is what's fascinating me at the moment.
With so many yarn stores here in the Seattle area, going into one, without sounding too cliche', is like being a kid in a candy store!
Hand dyed yarns, linen and hemp are always what grabs my attention first.
Then, it's the books and sites with patterns galore!
I get impatient and want to crochet the beautiful lacy shawl, or intricate afghan right away.
Then, I have to take a step back and remember that I am STILL teaching myself this craft and learning to do the basics must come first.
So, I look for the words..."Beginner's Guide" and "Easy."
Hum, not always so!
It's about Learning a New Language isn't it?
I've used the words "YO" and "Cluster" before, but never in this context. :-)
This particular book has a pattern for a bookmark...lovely. So I decided to give it a go, and yes, I am using the size 10 crochet thread and small steel crochet hook. I simply love that look and want to learn to thread crochet.
Here's my bookmark...
Hum, it's a little more like a U-Shape, I think I forgot a side.
Looks like another piece I'll just have to use for an embellishment on a collage.
Then, I hear dishcloths are supposed to be easy, so I get a little book on dishcloths.
Of course I pick out the one that is the most involved, but I think it turned out OK and I loved the colors in this yarn.
Now, I'm back to the thread crochet, only this time I'm using a size 3 instead of a size 10 yarn, so it's a little easier to follow for the first time. This is supposed to be a pattern for pretty, lacy looking coasters yet with the bigger yarn it's a little bulkier so I think I'm going to use the new term my friend Judy taught me and call it a "mug matt." :-)
And finally, I'd like to send out a big thank you to
Cynthia at Galerie 46 for sending me a lovely "housewarming package" of home decorating and garden magazines from Germany and some yummy German Chocolate!
Also, thank you to my friend Becky Shander for sending me this lovely nature inspired necklace she made as a welcome to my new, "happy raindrops" home.
Thank you Becky!
So, there you have it...
I've been a little stuck on crochet and learning the new language lately and that's been the extent of my creating.
I look forward to stopping by to see what kind of creating each of you are up to!
For those that are celebrating, have a safe and happy Independence Day!
i like your 'yarn bowl' feed. :)
I'll bet there's a knitting group near you - have been on Ravelry.com? It's a great place to find groups local to you
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams
happy fourth! it's gonna be a hot one.
xo from Greece,
Your stitches are pretty Becca! Keep at it!
There are lots of these stores here too. So many artists live here.
I can see you are totally loving your new state!!
I'm going home in August. I cannot wait to be home again!!! Been way too long.
Everything you are working on here is so beautiful.
I can see why you love the thread crochet so much.
Reminds me very much of tatting, which my grandma used to do. I still have many of her things.
Sure makes me want to learn how to do this. You are truly an inspiration.
it occurs to me you are not that far away from crossroads mall in bellview (156th and 8th)
I have a little group of ladies who crazy quilt, but we enjoy all comers, if you would like to join in on our "stitch and bitch" we meet wednesdays from 3-6!
Flora in Bothell
Your yarn bowl is very nice - a local artist sells yarn bowls in the gallery where my husband and I display our work. They are so pretty and practical as well.
Come by and visit me at Home In Douglas!