I learned to knit and crochet as a child. My grandmother was known for her crochet doilies, and all my aunts and older female cousins worked on it too. If I remember correctly I started learning in Brownies and later on in Guides. Truth is I totally sucked at it. I blame it on the thin threads and miniscule hooks everyone used. I would end up with sore fingers, and too tight stitches; oh and my work was always grungy looking because I was fighting with it so much, it got dirty.
When I discovered crocheting with yarns I was so happy. Why on earth did we use those tiny threads and needles? I guess because we didn't need to make warm hats, scarves and sweaters!
Fast forward an undisclosed number of years, and I am once again picking up crochet and knitting. Mostly crochet, because I understand it better and can more easily complete a project. My knitting thus far this year consists of a very wonky looking practise set of rows, with holes, dropped stitches, extra stitches and knotted purls. My sister got me an online knitting class though, so there's hope!
I've completed a few projects already since picking this back up, and am becoming more and more possessed by the craft. My Pinterest board is burgeoning with projects I want to try. When I was setting up my boards sometime last year, I used the tongue-in-cheek name Hooked on Yarn, and it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
My latest project is this basket you see here. As one possessed, I have quite a few works in progress and I need something to stash them in, and what better than a crochet basket to store crochet projects?
I whipped this one up in a few hours starting Sunday night. I was heavily inspired by this project (and I NEED some of that fabric yarn). Then I saw this one and decided that my basket needed handles, so on translating the post I was able to figure out how to make them. Very proud moment there!
The final touch of the red trim came from this tutorial. My basket turned out to be about 10" in diameter and 6" tall. I used some chunky yarn that was sitting in my stash and a size N/10mm hook. It's pretty wonky, because I was totally winging it but it works! I plan to make a bunch more, and once if I work out all the stitches I will post a little tutorial.
Kieran has also asked for one, so I will attempt some sturdy ones for toy storage for his room. Well I will make them for storage, I don't know what he will end up doing with them!
Do you knit or crochet? What is your favourite thing you've made?