A simple thing but mine own

Some of the stalwart readers of this blog will recall a post I wrote about depression and how I was frustrated with a knitting pattern which was adding to my, then, feeling of failure.  Well I came to the conclusion that the pattern was wrong and that I had wasted enough time labouring over it, so the knitting was unravelled and put away with the intention of finding an alternative pattern for the wool some time in the future.

I decided that I needed some new challenges to keep my hands busy in the evening (I have a terrible habit of chewing my fingers when bored!) and a well-timed and much repeated advertisement on the television prompted me to buy the first edition of The Art of Crochet with the plan to teach myself to crochet.  I vaguely remember my mother trying to teach me but she is left-handed and I’m right-handed and I think we admitted defeat.   As I have discovered in recent years I learn better from reading instructions than being shown and indeed I have now taught myself two basic crochet stitches.  Buoyed on by this small achievement I decided to follow the instructions and knit myself a very much-needed scarf.

I am quite chuffed at the result.  It looks home-made but then it is and I think that has a certain charm.  I can now say that I have treble crochet stitch off to a tee given the number of stitches that went into the scarf.  Ridiculously I struggled most with the tassels, this is particularly stupid as there are only two ways to do the tassel but as I did each one I couldn’t remember what to do and the more I thought about it the more confused I got!!

I am now awaiting the next edition so I can learn another stitch and wondering what to crochet next.



22 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina says:

    Fun contrasting colours. I could never learn anything from my mother. Things she was good at, she couldn’t understand why I found it hard. So I can’t knit because she knitted beautifully but I can embroider because as aunt started me off! Christina

  2. lindasgarden says:

    Helen that is Wonderful and well done you

  3. hillwards says:

    Fantastic – your perseverance paid off.

  4. Judy says:

    Congratulations on a job well done! My mother was a seamstress – I sew. I still enjoy sewing a variety of projects but always know it isn’t quite as good as something done by my mom. But, I’ve come to accept that but to use it to spur me to try harder and to produce a better end result, and it works. Wear the scarf with a big sense of satisfaction!

  5. I don’t think it looks handmade. It looks hand*crafted*.

  6. Anna says:

    Now that looks most chic Helen and will provide some snuggly warmth come colder days. You must be glad that you did not cast the wool aside. I harbour dreams of crocheting a granny square blanket but somehow think that I will not get past the dreams stage 🙂

    1. patientgardener says:

      I remember my mother crocheting me a granny square waistcoat in the 70s, it matched hers, all purples – very 70s!

  7. I think it looks like a great scarf; casual and comfortable. And great timing, finishing it before winter.

  8. Libby says:

    Woo! Great scarf! Did you check out Ravelry.com by the way? Come, join the evil…I say evil because it’s taken over my life. Not knitting, just Ravelry.

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Libby. I have signed onto Ravelry but not got to grips with it. I have found patterns and different wools but are there forums as well?

    2. Libby says:

      There are – in the forums tab at the top. Also you can join groups and they usually have their own forums. If you do a search for ‘Libz’ in the people tab you’ll find me.

  9. Victoria says:

    OMG, well done! I have NEVER been able to get my head around crochet. And I’ve never been able to get my head around anything my mother has explained either. My sister can tho, and she once made a very groovy bag out of granny squares – just two rectangles with a cotton lining and a plaited shoulder strap. Perhaps your next project?

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Victoria – so far the crochet has been very sinple, just two stitches. I suspect it will change soon when the next instalment arrives!

  10. Cathy says:

    Why do people make the words ‘home made’ sound derogatory? No reason not to be proud of our creations – home made is best!! Well done, Helen – you have done a great job with the scarf and I am sure it has been therapeutic too. By the way – did you have positive feedback about the cake?

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Cathy – I didnt mean to make home made sound derogatory what I was trying to say that so much these days is slick and smart and its home madeness would stand out. Anyway, I had very positive feedback on the cake. Mum and Dad were very pleased with it and it tasted great

  11. Stiletto says:

    Its a lovely scarf with colours harmoniously matched and it goes so well with your corduroy jacket. You did a very good job.

  12. I am always impressed with people who can create such beautiful things with their hands…tried it and could not do it…love it!

  13. fait de main. The French say it so much better. Got boxes of cotton yarn from Swiss days. One day I’ll get back to it.

  14. Well done! You will be glad of it now the temperature has dropped.

  15. Yvonne Ryan says:

    looks GREAT – I used to crochet quite a bit in the ‘olden days’ but actually I prefer to knit. Have done hundreds for my kids and grandkids over the years and me when all those amazing colour knits were in fashion – the last ones I did were for my second great grandchild (boy) last year. Bright practical ones!! I actually LOVE doing the old fashioned lacy ones for babies – but todays babies seem to be in bright colours in NZ!

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