As most people around me know, I hesitate at the word “crochet”. All I picture are granny-square afghans for miles. Recently, though, I visited my mom and spotted her working on a baby blanket. There was nothing “granny square” about this blanket. It was soft, elegant, and enchanting looking. Dare I say, it almost looked like Emma’s blanket from the ABC show Once Upon a Time.
All right, I thought. I’ll try this. After all, I’ve been in such a trying mood lately. So I set up a time to go hang out with my mom and learn from her how to crochet.
I don’t want to confuse anyone into thinking this is my first time at the crochet rodeo. When living in London, I bought a huge skein of yarn and a crochet hook and crocheted my then husband-to-be a 7 or 8 foot long scarf. Mom was across the pond and had no idea I was doing this, so I didn’t really have any guidance. I had the Internet. That was about it.
The scarf is done in black (best colour ever for trying a new needle craft, right?). I have no idea what the fiber was. Knowing my budget at the time, it was probably acrylic. I took this thing on the Tube with me to classes and during the nearly hour trip I would take to go visit husband-to-be in very South London.
It kept my hands busy, but oddly enough, once the scarf was done, I had no desire to pick up another project. I tried again a year later with amigurumi (and the cutest punk pink elephant ever!), but never really stuck with it. Mom does the crocheting in our family. I stick with knitting.
So, mom and I sat down and made a swatch. I’m like, swatch? Let’s get to the project! Right. Like I have the patience for a full blanket when I got so frustrated over just the swatch. By the time we finished, I wanted to hurl the swatch into the fireplace. Instead, I gave it to my cat, Zebra. She seemed to appreciate it.
Despite a wonky swatch, I’m still considering giving crochet another go. After all, I was floored with how beautiful that baby blanket was. And how handy would it be to crochet a few of those up to have in the baby present stock pile? They’re so soft and lovely.