|my fern garden tea cosy|
I have always loved to make things. I have sewed from a young age, making doll's clothes as a little girl (my daughter has them now). My Grandma was a wonderful knitter, and I learnt from her, but I have little patience to perfect it it seems. I hear my great-grandmother made beautiful Irish crochet. CROCHET! Oh why didn't you come into my life earlier? I guess I just wasn't ready! I love this craft. So absorbing, relaxing, peaceful, and you can create such intricacy. There is always more in my head than I have time to make! So I decided 2 (yes only 2) years ago I would teach myself to crochet. Got books, even considered trying to perfect knitting again... but those daggy granny squares were calling to me. My friend Lisa had just learnt! Her squares were beautiful, she'd used such lovely warm purples, and soft luscious yarns! I wanted to do that, and then wrap myself up in it. So I sat down with the books and tried and tried, and nearly threw them across the room. We all need to learn in different ways. I didn't know of any classes near by, so I asked Lisa to sit with me for an afternoon and do a square with me while our kids played. Thats what I needed, I needed to see and do and ask questions. Then I did a square every day for a week. It sunk in. It seems I'm not one to do things by halves. So I got a book on square motifs and started leaping in the deep end and having a go at some harder stuff. Lots of tales in there ;-) A year later after doing a market stall of my hats and brooches and wrap pins, I started teaching my first beginners crochet class at Little Red's Craft Cupboard in Monbulk, near where I live. I'm lucky to live in the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia, with so many creative people around me and inspiring natural surrounds.
So now I teach a beginner's class every term and we have a monthly meet there too called "Get Hooked" - cos that is what I think crochet does to you very literally!! But in such a good way :-)
Now I think I need to put some more photos here, who knew I had so much to say today! Well you have to start somewhere so this is me starting. Hopefully there will be some other little designs added here - what fun.
In amongst all of this crochet fun I learnt to spin my own yarn, so I might prattle on about that from time to time if you like, and my fun with trying to dye it with natural plant stuffs!
Oh I nearly forgot... what else can you do with crochet, well you can keep trees cosy too! So I had a go at that, and that was quiet fun too, and lots of people really love it - all that tactile goodness. (I did this with the folks at Yarn Corner).
You can cover, sorry - decorate, anything with crochet, you just need to imagine it! Like a lampshade! I like to crochet onto old lampshade frames, I think I will do a lot more of them!