June 23, 2008

The name of the game

Filed under:Crochet,Finished Objects,News! — Aileen @ 12:57

The name of today’s game is obsession. The past two weekends, I have had the great pleasure of teaching Beginner’s Crochet and Next Steps in Crochet with Charlene at This is Knit. The demand for these classes pleases me no end because crochet has really gotten a bad rap. There is also a bizarre stigma attached to it by many knitters who believe that it is “hard”, “stupid” and simply “not as good as knitting”. I think a lot of this is to do with the fact that crochet, like many other things, is much easier to understand when shown, as opposed to be being described in a book. Anyway, Charlene loves to crochet squares and turn them into fantastic things like bags and she told me about a book called 200 Crochet Blocks. I picked it up yesterday on my way home from the class.

Pretty, no? I have about 1500m of acrylic in my stash that I had intended for a light cardigan about three years ago. Looking at it in the drawer, I realised that I will have a sampler blanket for the sofa much quicker than I will have that cardigan.

Each block in the book measures about six inches square and each block takes around 30 minutes to make up. With 200 blocks to choose from, it all adds up to some pretty obsessive crocheting.

I’m really quite astonished because I thought I would never, ever make something like a blanket… but this is too quick for even me to get bored.

I have been invited over to lovely Laura’s for dinner tonight so I have brownies to make.

Maybe just one more square….

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6 Comments »

  1. They look beautiful! What a great blanket for Christmas. Great examples to bring along to our next class πŸ™‚

    Char

    Comment by Charlene — June 23, 2008 @ 15:39

  2. Sounds like you’re having fun. Keep an eye out for my grandmother’s squares?
    http://lunasaknits.blogspot.com/2008/04/family-history.html

    Comment by Yvonne — June 23, 2008 @ 17:48

  3. I wish I could take that crochet class!!! Might make Lisa organize one in the autumn…just.for.me. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Elana — June 24, 2008 @ 12:38

  4. I’ve not yet been contaminated by this crochet mania πŸ˜‰ even if I like the process of crochetting (just a little bit, I don’t know much)…I haven’t found a pattern I would like to make…maybe I’ll change my mind πŸ˜‰
    Anyway, I like those colours…Charlene is right : Christmas blanket !

    Comment by LaurΓ©ole — June 25, 2008 @ 07:17

  5. I think I’ll have to arrange a class in autumn just for me and Elana to take! πŸ™‚ Btw I love how she said “autumn” and not “fall”…

    Comment by Lisa — June 26, 2008 @ 10:50

  6. i think the flower looks QUITE pretty!

    Comment by jen — June 28, 2008 @ 18:22

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