Well, one frog anyway – this is Alan Dart’s Frog Prince which I finished a few weeks ago. One of the things I like most about Mr. Dart’s toy patterns is that he lists approx yarn weights required rather than 1 x ball of such a yarn, so you can use up your leftovers rather than having to fork out for more yarn. Hence why my Frog Prince is blue rather than green – a real stashbuster project! And my son seems to prefer him blue anyway 🙂
Other knitting projects just don’t seem to be taking off for me lately… I was in hospital from the 15th ’til the 19th and found knitting Hard Work with a cannula stuck in the back of my hand. What little I did do had to be frogged, the tension was awful. I haven’t got back into the swing of it yet – a few projects cast on, then frogged after a few rows… Very unproductive!
On a brighter note, while in hospital
feeling useless trying to stay cheerful, I found and was lucky enough to book the last place on a Crochet for Beginners course. I’ve wanted to learn crochet for a Very Long Time, and just didn’t fancy learning through books and/or youtube videos. Some things are just better taught face-to-face. And I couldn’t have hoped for a better teacher – the lovely and extremely talented Ildiko Szabo. We had our first lesson and here I reluctantly present my very first flower made with a crochet hook.
Ok, I know it’s dire and that in years to come I will cringe about it. But right now I feel just a teensy bit of affectionate towards it! The first week was all about the basics – choosing yarn, holding it, making a magic loop, etc. We also learned the chain and slip stitch, and it was fun practicing getting the tension right while forming random shapes with just those two stitches. It was a nice, gentle introduction to crochet and I found the pace perfect – not too fast or too slow, and I’m really looking forward to the next lesson 🙂
The best thing about all this though, is that I’ve finally motivated myself to learn something I’ve wanted to do for so long. The only thing that was holding me back was me. Perhaps it will motivate me to do all the other things I keep putting off – like learning to knit in the round, and de-cluttering the house… Maybe… 🙂
Is there anything that you’ve been putting off and feel it’s finally time you did something about it?