Posted by: Kate | April 2, 2011

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, Day Six

Day six: 2nd April. Something to aspire to.Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.

I posted in January about my knitting goals for this year (over at the Fun Knits blog). But one thing that I didn’t mention was my desire to do more crochet. I have a longing to make a crochet blanket – I am so drawn to the ripples and granny squares and stripes that I see in blankets on Ravelry and around the web. Crochet was very hard for me to learn, I couldn’t wrap my left-handedness around it. The only friends I have who crochet are right-handed, and I wasn’t able to mirror what they were doing. Finally a book clicked for me, and I can do rudimentary crochet now. A big blanket is something I definitely aspire to. All that leftover yarn I showed the other day seems to me to be perfect for a crochet project. I’ve been working on a ripple blanket in knitting for over a year – it is very slow going and although it is lovely, there is something about a crocheted ripple blanket that really appeals to me. Don’t know when it will happen, but one day I think it will.

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  1. Have you ever thought about sitting across from a friend to learn? Then it would seem like the same hand.

  2. I knit and crochet, but have never enjoyed crochet anywhere near as much as knitting! Have a great week. Ros

  3. From one left-hander to another, I can tell you that if you can knit, you can definitely crochet. I hold the hook and completed ‘fabric’ in my left hand and use the right as my working hand, working towards the right. And then ‘turn’. With enough practice, you’ll be a speeding crocheter in no time.

    I have a thought about the desire to crochet and to crochet a ripple blanket. It appears that many of us have the same desire. weird. So with a bit more thought, and it hit me (again) after reading this blog, that our thoughts communicate to other like-minded folks, continually going back & forth. So when a lightning bolt hits us, metaphorically speaking, of course, it instantly sends it out to others. I’m just sayin’.

    I’m off to look at your Projects page. I want to see your knit ripple afghan in progress. I bet it’s beautiful!! (and well worth finishing).

  4. Oh, I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this blanket. You and Melissa and Claire all talking about blankets lately makes me want to start one of my own (but knitted, not crocheted even though I realize that will take way longer). And I want to learn to crochet this year…so many great crochet patterns. One day!

    I really enjoyed your posts for this week…I almost wish I had made the time to participate. Maybe I will later and cover those same topics on my own time. ;)

  5. I am having a lot of fun with crochet. I too have a fondness for crochet blankets. Even with basic skills my first one turned out great and I am working a second one now.

  6. Thanks to my mom, my sister and I each had our own handmade granny square afghans when we were little girls. I wish I knew where they were now. Maybe I should make one for Mom.


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