Welcome to the Yarnaholic! Let me tell you a little bit about why I am here…
When I was about 9 or 10 (maybe even younger), my grandmother showed me the basics of crochet. I mastered making a chain and the single crochet. That was as far as I got at the time.
Fast forward twenty plus years, when my boys were little. I picked up a skein of blue & green yarn (each of their favorite colors) and a hook. I was going to make them both blankets. Key word, was… I had no clue what I was doing, got frustrated and packed it away.
A few years ago, I was cleaning up the basement (a never ending task) and found the yarn I had purchased for my boys blankets. On a whim, I decided to give crochet a try again. I figured this time, with the internet, I’d be able to at least make a blanket. Well, let me tell you, I found a ton of videos on YouTube as well as some great websites.
After watching plenty of videos and reading many posts, I worked on my first project, a blanket for my husband. No pattern, just a basic stitch, double crochet, until it got big enough. I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn in Painted Desert. I must have frogged the blanket 100 times. As I would work on it, it would get narrower and narrower. I couldn’t get the rows to stay the same, something just wasn’t right. I was so determined to get it right, I kept at it. For over a month I worked on the blanket, it took me a while, but I finally got my stitch counting under control and finished. I learned a valuable lesson about counting stitches and the importance of checking, if not every row (when you first start you should count EVERY row), at least every other row. I was so proud of the blanket! It is a very well loved blanket to this day. After I finished it, I ended up making 2 more, one for my younger son and one for my daughter. With each blanket I got better and faster. My confidence grew and I moved on to other projects!
I am by no means an expert, but I’ve been crocheting for a few years now and I really enjoy it. I have a long way to go for me to even think I’m an advanced crocheter (let alone an expert). I won’t lie, from time to time I get frustrated with a project or just can’t seem to get it to come out right. But I love it and find joy in what I do.
So now I am venturing out into the world wide web with my own site on crochet. I hope to help some of you from what I’ve learned and continue to learn, mistakes and all. And eventually I am planning to post a few patterns I am working on.
So, pull up a loop and yarn over!