Before last weekend the only crochet I had attempted was some edging for a knit project. I didn’t really have the desire to learn to crochet because (generally) I like the look of knitting better. I figured knitting was enough and I didn’t need crochet. But over the years a few projects crossed my path, and project by project my prejudice quickly melted away.
Of course, the desire to crochet is not enough–you still have to learn how and I was dragging my feet. As a result of my call for inspiration (thank you, thank you to everyone who shared what is inspiring you) I decided that learning a new skill might be just what I need. (It was.)
I bought the book The Happy Hooker as my reference guide (in honor of the SnB book that taught me how to knit in the first place), created a few swatches and then went to town on my chosen project. Ever since I saw Nova’s GORGEOUS hexagon blanket I knew my time as a non-crochet person was ending soon. I had to have one too.
I got some yarn:
And here are my first hexagons:
I am a wee bit addicted to making these right now. I love them. I love picking the color of each round as I go. I love how each hexagon is different and has its own personality (really, they do!) I love how fast crochet goes which leads to more instant gratification.
One thing I feel I have to admit though, I’m not sure I’m doing it right. Meaning the whole crochet thing. The book teaches to hold the working yarn in your left hand (like when you knit continental style). I started out that way and honestly am not sure when it changed but a few hours into crocheting I noticed I was holding the yarn in my right hand–exactly like I do in knitting, using my pointer finger to control my tension and everything. It has been working for me so I hesitate to bring it up but I thought I would in case anyone knows why I shouldn’t be doing this. Am I forming a bad habit?
Overall this project was exactly what I needed. I am feeling creative again. I am itching to make stuff again. I choose to knit a hexagon over playing ninjump on my iPhone…and that folks, is progress.