24 hours later…
Wow. Is this my fastest crafting project ever, from purchase through to finished object, via a crash course in learning how to crochet? If you want something fast, easy, soothingly repetitive and deeply satisfying then you really must learn how to crochet. And isn’t the snood wonderful? I love its structural feel, sitting in deep folds around my throat. Oh yeah, and it’s warm. This could save me from dragging my Dr Who scarf around with me for the rest of winter.
So what did I learn during this process?
You say tomato, and I say tomato.
Ah, UK and US. What’s that quote? ‘Two nations divided by a common language.’ Did the man who said that know how to crochet? This baffled me for a bit. Carly’s tutorial instructed me to double crochet each second line but the Youtube link she provided talked of single crochet. I chose the path of blind faith and just did what the video was showing me to do, making a mental note to let Carly know that she’d made a mistake in her tutorial. Then I looked again. Ah. What we call double crochet, Americans call single crochet. Obviously. Contradictions such as these abound in crochet, I fear. Stay alert, readers!
Don’t hate me because I’m left-handed.
Ouch. How to feel like a seven-year-old girl again? Try to follow video tutorials from the right-handed and translate everything into left-handed logic. This really reminded me of being a child, struggling to negotiate scissors cutting with blunt edges, not understanding that cutlery, doors, zips (yes, even zip openings!), bike bells are all made and positioned for the convenience of another part of the population. This was humbling and made me understand afresh what a challenge it is to be a child learning. My ickle wickle childish left-handed brain hurt! But I got there eventually.
Crocheting is fast.
Carly told me this snood could be made in two hours. She wasn’t joking! A morning, a lunchtime, an evening session in front of the telly and I was done. Instant gratification. I like this a lot.
Crocheting can’t unravel.
Another thing I really like. If you make a mistake, casting back doesn’t risk the danger of everything unravelling. Each row of work is isolated. This also means no casting off. When you’re done, you’re done!
That’s it! I have lots of other crocheting plans now. Christmas decorations are a no brainer. A grannie blanket in bright colours? The opportunities are endless. Thanks to all the people who gave me resource tips and especial thanks to Carly, who provided the tutorial.
I feel wise as a crocheting owl now. Serendipitious, then, that I invested in earrings to go with my new-found knowledge:
Too-wit, too-woo! The earrings of owly wiseneosity.