A hook and some yarn


On Saturday I took my first crochet class. My local yarn shop runs lots of brilliant classes - I’m going to try fabric screen printing next I think - but seeing as I know nothing about crochet but have been pinning the odd pretty blanket on Pinterest, I thought it was time to find out a bit more.

And I wasn’t disappointed. The class was great. Our teacher was lovely, very hands-on and patient. At first I had no idea what I was doing, but once the initial bit was done, I started to understand what each of the little stitches was for, got the hang of my crochet hook and was merrily chucking out chain stitches and trebles. I even managed to finish off my first granny square with some sort of double (single?) stitch round the outside. I’m not sure I have the hang of the tension but that will come with practice I am sure.


When my three hours was up (all too soon sadly), I bought some sage green and cream yarn so that I can have another go soon. I’m not sure I’ll work out how to start myself off but the best thing is, my teacher runs a drop in session on a Wednesday evening - with WINE - where you can go with your latest project, get advice or simply just stitch along with a few grandmasters.

Brilliant eh?

A minor miracle in the world of me...

This weekend something rather miraculous happened at our kitchen table, something that has left my husband with a bemused look on his face ever since.

I sewed something. And it wasn’t rubbish.

Now I’m a pretty creative sort of a girl. I draw, photograph and create images that please me (and hopefully other people too). I can bake a mean cake and I am pretty handy with a bit of interior styling. But by no stretch of the imagination would anyone call me a seamstress, or even a button-sewer-on. My mum is super handy with a needle and thread and has a beautiful vintage Singer machine that has run up countless childhood dresses and pairs of curtains, but me? I sort of passed sewing by.

Until recently. Looking at beautiful blogs by handy people led me to want to have a go myself so I decided to take the plunge, invested a little cash in this beauty, bought this book, rooted out some fabrics and gave it a try.

Now I’ll never open my own Etsy craft shop or anything, my seams are a bit wonky and my hand-sewing is still rubbish but my sewing machine was so easy to set up and ACE to use and I had quite a lot of fun making my first project. Next on my list is some sort of ragdoll-alien and then I might try my hand at a patchwork quilt for the camper van (in the true spirit of walking before I can run, naturally).

Here are my efforts:

I forgot to take any photographs as I was actually doing the templating, cutting, sewing and stuffing - too busy concentrating - but this is what I made. I know it’s dead easy for people who know what they’re doing, but for me, it was a big sewing deal:

What do you think?