2020, the year to get your craft on

Could 2020 be the year you get your craft on?

When my children were little I didn’t ever really get completely into doing crafts with them, though I hate to admit that.  Yes, we did cutting and pasting, and turning pasta into necklaces but I never really progressed with sewing, knitting or crocheting.  I did try, in my defence.  My granny would often patiently try and teach me how to sew or to crochet but I never really got the hang of it.   Proof it were needed that these things are not genetic since she used to make a living from sewing curtains for people, knitted and crocheted a stack of clothes for me as a small child and could knock up a new skirt in the ad breaks of Coronation Street.    I inherited her love of cooking, not crochet sadly.

But with our first grandchild on the way this year it felt like the right time for me to properly learn how to get crafting beyond pasta and Pritt stick.   So when LoveCrafts got in touch a few weeks ago and asked if I would like to learn to crochet I jumped at the chance.

Not only do they sell all the craft essentials you might need, they have several tutorials on their website showing how to crochet, how to knit, or how to do a more specific stitch.  They even have how to’s for cute ideas like this adorable bear cub hat for children that I am itching to be able to make for the little one next winter.  Seriously, how adorable?

These are my top tips for learning to crochet:

  • Don’t start when you are tired.   Seems like a no brainer, right, but how often do we start to do things in the evening when the light is rubbish, and we are tired?  When starting anything new, do it in the morning when you aren’t tired, and when the natural light is best.
  • Take breaks, don’t sit for hours trying to learn, there is a reason why school lessons are typically only 45 minutes.   That is the average concentration span before which we start going off track and our mind wanders.
  • Keep the ball of wool in your lap, or beside you.   Don’t have it down not the floor where you will feel you need to “pull it” up towards you.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself if you get it wrong (and you will get it wrong).  It doesn’t mean you can’t crochet, or shouldn’t.  It just means you have gone slightly wrong temporarily.
  • Tell other people you are learning.  There is a huge crochet community on social media.  If you tell people you are learning to crochet you will be inundated with help and support.  And quickly making new friends!

First things first though and I needed to learn how to make the first stitch really!  Caity and I sat down one afternoon with a selection of different chunky wool and some large crochet hooks and fired up YouTube to watch this video on how to crochet

I will be honest, I didn’t crack it straight away but that is more about me being cack handed but I am getting there!  And it was such a fun way to spend an afternoon.  We are determined to keep learning how to to do it and will share our first finished product with you when we are done!

Who know’s it might even be that bear cub hat.

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