When I was a sophomore in college, I taught myself how to knit. I loved scarves and I was inspired by my friend, Libby, who had spent the summer knitting a scarf for one of our good friends. It was a hobby that I really enjoyed, but I felt really limited in it because I only knew how to knit one thing and didn't really have the resources to make anything really cool, like socks or a hat. So, I set my sights on learning how to crochet. I thought it would be so cool to make a blanket and crochet seemed to be the easiest way to go about it.
Well, years after I decided that I would expand my needle-work horizons, I finally learned how to crochet. I went to the book store, bought myself an awesome book called The Happy Hooker (haha, love the name), and set to work with a crochet hook I stole from my mom a few years back and left-over yarn from the first scarf I ever knitted. And after a lot of getting used to this strange new technique, I had my first little crochet "swatch."
It looks funny, I know. But I used probably four different kinds of crochet stitches in it because I wanted to try all of the basic stitches and see how they looked. My favorite that I've learned so far is the half-double crochet stitch. It creates a pleasant, roundish shape that I think would be very cute in a blanket. Anyway, I've learned the basics and I'm ready to get started on my first project--a surprise gift for a friend.
Here's one last picture of my lovely creation, in case the first one wasn't enough.
Newly independent. An elementary school teacher. In love with the ocean and mountains. Ever-aspiring to be a better cook and photographer. A passionate coffee drinker. Happiest around people that I love and that make me laugh.