Better with friends…

I am apparently drawn to greens... These were all purchased at different times.

I am apparently drawn to greens… These were all purchased at different times.

Crochet. We’ve been all talk for a while now. It started when a Stitch N’ Bitch group was sitting next to us at a Starbucks knitting and crocheting while catching up on each other’s lives. We felt like we were missing out on some of the fun. We felt completely unproductive during our own rant fest. That was a few years ago.

Who needs a hook? :)

Hooks, hooks, and more hooks! Where do I start?! 🙂

Yesterday, we finally got the ball rolling. I tried learning on my own with a book at first, but many times I have trouble figuring out exactly what is going on there. As I mentioned in a earlier post, I’ve started Craftyminx’s Crochet School on my own and I’m really enjoying it but I’ve been stuck at lesson 4, trying to master the single chain stitch. More than anything, I’m having issues with tension, and holding the yarn. Although, I’m learning this is hard for anyone to master at first, I also am working against a previous hand injury, where I slammed my hand in a bank vault door (and Workers Comp never covered therapy). So even though it means I might be struggling more, in a way, I’m doing my own physical therapy on my hand by teaching myself to do some of these motions I didn’t even know I wasn’t capable of doing. Crochet is looking pretty beneficial for me!

Yarn  + Play-doh therapy = my first stitches

Yarn + Play-doh therapy = my first stitches. Blurry shot, but how’d I do?

And now I have some of my girlfriends interested in tackling these lessons with me, which is super helpful because now we can not only learn so much from these videos individually, but also have each other for help if we need it. Last night was a fun night of slip knots, chain stitches, pizza and wine. We are hoping to get through lesson 5 on our own and read up on lesson 6 before our next meet up. I’m looking forward to regular crochet time with my girlfriends… we will see just how productive we will actually be. A little is still better than nothing, right? 🙂 Wish me/us luck!

2015, Let’s have fun!

Welcome Back

I’ve never been one for new year’s resolutions. In fact, I’m all about new birth-year resolutions but since I skipped my last birthday I’ve decided to give in to the traditional time for reflection and goal setting. In 2015, my goal is to finish the things I’ve started. (…and therefore to me more selective about those things that I do start!) I no longer have the college or wedding planning excuse, (and at this moment, at least, not the children excuse either!) So now it is time to finally learn to sew. I don’t mean make a couple bags and bibs as you’ve seen so far. This year, I want to really learn. In order to help me get started, my wonderful husband gave me a great gift card for classes and/or fabric at a local shop. This may be a bumpy ride but I’m up for the challenge… and fun!

Now that we am all settled into our new home and the sewing machine is unpacked, let the fun begin!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

And if you are up for sharing, what is your new years resolution?