Thursday, 12 April 2012

Crocheting - at Long Last!

Thank you SO much for all the lovely comments you left me on my last post.  They really cheered me up!  I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends!!!  ♥

I had to go back to see the doctor again yesterday.  He said that the antibiotics I’d been taking hadn’t worked, and gave me some different ones.  So, fingers crossed, these ones will start to work their magic over the next few days. 

Well, I’ve been a bit bored, just resting and not feeling up to doing much crafting.  But I do have ONE achievement I wanted to share with you.....

My first proper piece of crochet!!! 

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to catch on to crocheting.  I only wanted to make a granny square!!!  I have books for beginners, but couldn’t follow the instructions or diagrams at all.  I’ve watched countless YouTube videos.  These were more useful than the books, but I still couldn’t quite get in.  Then, on Monday night, my mother-in-law (who was visiting for Easter weekend) showed me what to do – and it clicked.  Hooray!!!

So, I spent Tuesday morning re-reading the instructions in my books and re-watching the You-Tube videos.  And they all made sense!  Eureka!!!  I made this.....




Tada!!!

Now I’ve got my granny square, though, I don’t know what to do with it.  Should I tie in the end bits and use it as a coaster?  Or should I keep going on this one – and turn it into a cushion cover or a little blanket?  Or make lots, fix them together and make something that way?  What do you think???  I’d be very grateful for any suggestions from you experts out there. 

I have some other colours that I could use.....

I bought these from the Creativa exhibition (in Dortmund) a few weeks ago.  I loved the bright colours, and bought them to motivate myself to learn to crochet.  It worked!

I’m off to do some more crocheting now – I’m worried that I’ll forget if I stop for too long.....  ;-)

Hugs to you all,

Carly

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24 comments:

  1. Oh dear i can't believe that you are still poorly...thats rubbish, lets hope those anti-biotics get working quickly x
    I love your crochet and the colours too....so vibrant. clever girl! I think a cushion would be beautiful and give you lots of practice.
    take care of yourself
    love jooles x

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  2. Hi Carly,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.
    It prompted me to find your blog which is just the type of blog I like to read and I've now become a follower!
    Suzanne x

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  3. Hello Carly...I hope you are feeling much better soon...Hopefully a change of antibiotics will help....fingers crossed for you...
    Lovely to see that you have had the chance to learn to crochet though....I have the same problem..I've read books and had a little look at online videos but I don't seem to get anywhere....a friend showed me in my teens but now I can't remember a thing...so regret not keeping it up...Your granny square is fab...love the colours too!
    Susan x

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  4. That looks great! So neat too! I only started crocheting recently....and taught myself from youtube but my attempts were no where near as good as this!! Excuse the pun but i'm sure you will be hooked from on!
    becky x

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  5. sooooo jealous! I just cannot get crochet, despite being a pretty good knitter, this is a fantastic thing to come out of being ill! Hope the new antibiotics sort it xx

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  6. Wonderful, Carly!! That's exactly what I want to learn to do too. Can't wait to see what you decide to do with it! Blanket sounds good. :)

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  7. Well done Carly - that square looks perfect! I am going on a course next Saturday!! Like you I have tried books, youtube tutorials etc. i can produce a chain but that is my limit so far.
    I hope you are feeling much better soon. Take care and try to rest xx
    ps i think a cushion!

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  8. Your pretty colourful crochet granny square has really brightened my day Carly, well done on mastering crochet, they'll be no stopping you now.

    Sorry to hear you've been unwell, hope you feel better soon.

    lily xx

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  9. Hello sweet Carly! I am terribly sorry to hear you are still sick! I do hope the new antibiotics will be effective and you will be well soon! Do continue to take good care of yourself and rest! I love your granny square!!! You did a beautiful job! I am so glad your mother-in-law could show you what to do! I always learn best when someone can show me. Then, as you said, the books and videos make sense! I am teaching myself to crochet with the Cute and Easy Crochet book. I love her darling projects and I must say her instructions are very well written! I look forward to improving and need to get a new project going! I think you should make more squares and make a cushion! It would be so cheerful and cosy too! Have fun sweet friend and keep crocheting! Much love, Paula xo

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  10. Woohooo!!!!! Your granny square looks awesome!!! Absolutely love the colors!! I'd say go all out and make a blanket, but that's just me and my love of grannies!! But whatever you decide on making is going to end up beautiful! I can't wait to see your other colors!

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  11. Hi Carly, congratulations! Your granny square is lovely. I say go ahead and make lots of grannies and then in the winter you can snuggle under a blanket! If you want to join them quickly Lucy from Attic 24 has a good tutorial of join as you go, it's brill. Lots of love xxx

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  12. your granny square looks lovely, i love the colours, your photos really show them off well. I would just keep going and make some more and see where it takes you.

    Really hope the new tablets do the trick and get you back to full health asap.

    take care :)

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  13. Hi Carly,
    Nice crocheting! I'm also a very beginner crocheter - I went to the library today as I want to learn how to crochet a little edge on a hat I'm going to knit for my little Emily. Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog! Suz

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  14. Hello Carly, I missed a couple of your post as forgot to put you on my blog roll.....ooops now you are there, and so sorry to here you are poorly thats rotten, really hope you are better soon. well done on the Granny square, still haven't learnt to crochet...maybe one day, take care lovely
    Sophie xx

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  15. Hello chicklet,
    Well done, your crochet is beautiful. I have no idea about it, I would tie myself in knots.
    I think Of Bees and Mist is sort of similar to the Night Circus. I reckon you will like it. Did you ever read 'Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell'? That is all magical and lovely too, quite long though. I also like 'HerFearful Symmetry' by Audrey Niffenegger. Lots of people slagged it off but I really liked it.
    Keep resting and taking care of yourself. I wish I as there to make you soup.
    Hugs, Tracy

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  16. Hurrah Carly! What a beautiful granny square you have made! Honestly, crochet is a complete mystery to me. I keep looking at all the amazing projects on various blogs and I simply wonder 'how on earth do they manage that?'

    I am so sorry to read you have been poorly. Do you find you feel low when ill? I have enjoyed reading your previous posts - I have been a rather absent from the bloggersphere recently - and I loved the beautiful photos of spring flowers. When I see the Rhein I can't help but notice how similar it seems to the Loire river where we live.

    Big hug to you and I hope the antibiotics kick in very, very soon.

    Stephanie

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  17. hey - sorry to hear you're feeling poorly - hope you feel more chipper soon.
    Now, I only learnt how to crochet last year - and the thing that made the biggest difference to me was thatover Christmas I sat and tried loads of different things from the book 'happy hooker'. I got into some real pickles, got cross, got all tied up....but after a couple of days something just clicked and it all fell into place. Now I totally get it - and can follow a pattern and everything! the book just seemed to explain it really well. I think if I'd just kept coming back to it every now and then it would have taken me years.
    Anyway - keep it up - it's SO satisfying!
    love fee x

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  18. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay for the crochet!
    Well done, missus- your granny square looks very professional indeed!
    My advice would be to keep this special one as a reminder of where you began- make it into a cute coaster (as you suggested) and every time you use it you can remember where your crochet journey began!
    But also, make loads more of them! A blanket would be a lovely idea.- the colours you chose are lovely.
    They'll be no stopping you now.....
    Have a great week.
    Xx

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  19. So pretty! And it looks perfect. Excited for your new adventure. :)

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  20. Oh blimey - fingers crossed the anti b's work and you feel better soon. Love your granny square.

    Nina x

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  21. I just adore the colours of your yarn! The orange and grey is so pretty.I soooo need to learn too.

    Hugs to you!

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  22. I hope you're feeling better! And hopefully the crocheting cheered you up :) Amazing! Wow, the colors are beautiful.... I can't wait to see more :)

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  23. That is one perfect granny square! Isn't it a great feeling when you suddenly 'get it'!! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

    I hope you're feeling better hon.
    Leah
    x

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  24. A bit belated,but well done on the crochet,I'm so pleased for you,I love crochet.It took me forever to learn,it was youtube videos that got me going in the end. I love the bright colours you have chosen and think it would love as a cushion.I hope you are feeling better and the new antibiotics worked.take care,lots of love juliexoxox

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Carly

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