I became a hooker, a crochet hooker that is. Exciting isn’t it. I bet you thought that crocheting is for old ladies. Grandmas that have nothing to do but just sit and chat all day. The TV is turned on, but the volume is low. Sitting with rugs over their knees to keep them warm. Well, that isn’t necessarily true.
I spend most of my day in front of a screen. To be honest with you, I love my computer, primarily because I love gadgets. I have an iPad, iPhone, Macbook Pro, Android Phones, Microsoft Surface and a Windows computer. In addition, I have a Kindel, SatNav and iPods coming out of my ears and of course televisions. You could say that I spend the majority of my life in front of one type of screen or another.
A recent survey posed the question ‘What hobbies do you do’. The normal response has been to real off a list of activities I do on a regular basis. However, I realised that I have become screen-obsessed and I needed to find a hobby. A hobby that had nothing to do with computers or screens. Having looked at a number of possibilities, and with limited space in my house, I decided on Crochet.
I decided to become a hooker and see where a crochet hook took me.
I am sure that my mother tried to teach me to crochet when I was a child so it must be easy. The first thing I did was to open up Facebook and put out a plea for some help. A very nice lady came to my aid and gave me an hours lesson. Fantastic I thought I am on my way.
I have to tell you, it’s not easy to crochet. It may look easy but just holding the yarn is a skill in its self. Then, of course, there is the hook. It’s small, fiddly and uncomfortable to hold. After hours of use, your hand gets a cramp and your fingers are stiff and painful. It’s just not a pain-free hobby. The cost is quite high too, wool or yarn as I have come to call it, is expensive. You can get cheap £1 yarn from many cheap shops, but the end result isn’t very pleasing. Real 100% wool has a fantastic finish and feel.
My first attempt to crochet an item was my beloved snowflake. It took about 3 hours to make. Subsequent ones have taken 30 to 40 minutes. The finish on this item isn’t too bad as the year was 100% cotton. It feels nice to work with and you get a tactile finished item.
The Irony of Crochet
Having decided on a hobby and having one lesson I was away. Now, this is where it gets rather silly. To teach myself more stitches and techniques I turned to my trusted iPad and YouTube. I spent the next few weeks glued to YouTube having lessons on how to crochet.
IMPORTANT LEARNING POINT – There is a language issue when it comes to crocheting. English (In the United Kingdom) crochet has a totally different language to American crochet. Most of the video’s on YouTube are from Americans. I only found this out when my mother and I had a huge fight over a double crochet (it’s a stitch). The pattern I was following asked for a double crochet, which I did. My mother followed the pattern and did her double. The pattern was an old English pattern (UK). Her finished item looked fantastic, mine looked dreadful.
Having watched the above video, how did you do? Do you now understand all the terms? It gets complicated. In conclusion, most patterns now give the UK and a US version of each stitch.