Monday, March 28, 2011

Learning Something New

I learned how to crochet scarves last winter using one crochet stitch (single crochet).
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
When I was about nine or ten my Grandma (dad's side) tried to teach me how to crochet. She was the sweetest woman and incredibly patient.
After several hours (at least that's how it felt. . .) she turned to me, shook her head sadly and said " I don't think you are meant to crochet."
So until last year I didn't even bother trying.
Then I came across a challenge on a blog. The blogger said that at the very least every one should know how to knit or crochet a few basics. You know, things that we all use often, like socks, hats, mitts or scarves.
 I was positive that I would never master the first three but thought I might just manage the scarf.
To date I have made five scarves!
While in Michael's a while back I came across a crochet book meant for teens and there was the cutest shawl in there, so I bought the book hoping I would be able to figure it out.
I just couldn't do it!
Somehow looking at illustrations of the stitches just wasn't working for me.
However. . .
Back when the girls were still in elementary Henry's mom used to teach a knitting class to the grade five and six girls so I thought she might be able to help me out.
I'll let you judge for yourself how well she did. This is my test piece. I did over half of it myself. . .

It looks like Oma Terpstra was wrong!
Now I just have to decide what colour to make the full sized one. I brought back some beautiful wool from the States when I went with Lisa a few weeks ago.
Isn't it great that we can always learn something new?
 Who knows. . . Maybe I'll be able to make a hat or mitts after all! 
Socks though. . . not very likely!


Anonymous said...! What a great memory of oma Terpstra. For a woman of her era, who worked full time, she was amazing! She was an amazing cook, loved her grandkids (and great grandkids) like crazy. She always had fresh pastires for the kids (when most kids were lucky to get a cookie)and toys and dolls, and most of all the little table and chairs with the tea sets. She bought Colleen a china tea set that she still has today, and hopes to pass on to Talia. She was definately special.Lisa

momofcrt said...

Wow, way to go! I always say my mom and mother in law can crochet and knit for me, but they're getting older so I suppose one day I should learn how too :-)

Evelyn in Canada said...

Just last week I had coffee with my crochet teacher (I can only make hats and only in one style). I need to do something pretty with one ball of beautiful yarn as well.

Your shawl is looking great. Why not keep going with that yarn?

Rosa said...

The shawl is made by crocheting the entire body first and then crocheting the ruffle around it. I would have to take out everything I've done. I am going to keep this as a reference and redo this one later because I do love the colours.

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