It Ain’t Your Gramma’s Crochet

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Crochet isn’t just for your Gramma anymore; knitting either. These relaxing, fun past times have been consistently gaining in popularity. I didn’t realize how many young people had an interest in crochet or knitting until the last few years as I started following blogs and Facebook pages devoted to the craft. So. Many. People!!! I had lunch this weekend at Panera with my daughters and I saw a very young girl (in her late teens/early 20s) knitting at the next table. Made me wish I’d brought one of my current projects along to work on.

Afghan from Gramma           Pinks Afghan

The two afghans shown above were made for me by my own grandmother. Of course, I have others, but I happened to have pictures of these who on hand when planning this post. My kids, the hubby & our pets all love them. They are great blankets or just to snuggle up to while watching TV, reading, picnicking, etc. One of my fave afghans made by my grandmother is white and about 3 shades of purple. She made it for me when I was 13. She also crocheted a beautiful white baby afghan for my oldest daughter before she was born over 20 years ago.

These are handmade keepsakes that take time (so much time!) to complete. But they are long-lasting treasures that can be passed down through generations in your family. They make great gifts for weddings, birthdays, Christmases, new babies…

DSC05615           Stacy's Baby Afghan - in progress 2014

Lexi's afghan WIP

Shown above are a lavendar & white baby afghan/pillow set I made for a friend’s new baby, a variegated (i.e. multi-colored) afghan in peach/white/yellow/green that I made for my sister’s new baby girl last year, and a striped square afghan I am currently making for my own daughter.

And one is not limited to blankets with crochet or knit projects, either. Check out these other projects I’ve made or are currently working on.

baby hat           Bobbilicious Baby Hat

These are infant hats that I crocheted.

Bunny Blanket Buddy-finished           Bunny Blanket Buddy-WIP

This cute Bunny Blanket Buddy was made for my sister to give as a gift to her friend who was having a baby. Yeah, that one pic was taken in my car. LOL I crochet a lot when I’m sitting in parking lots waiting for my kids to get done with marching band, soccer, or whatever other activity they have going on at the time.

Crochet Doll-head & torso-2012

These odd-looking shapes aren’t odd, at all, when you realize that they are small parts of a greater whole. I was attempting to make a crochet doll for my daughter in 2012 for her 9th birthday. The round ball was the head, the other was the torso. I had completed (and stuffed) both arms and was working on the legs when… well, let’s just say “Life got interesting.” Leap Day, 2012 began as a normal, sunshiny day. And was brutally interrupted when a tornado suddenly formed in my area. It ripped the entire second story of my home completely away and sent a huge tree slamming into my kitchen, missing me be mere seconds as I dashed for the basement. The tornado experience is a whole other post. Needless to say, this doll will forever remain a WIP (Work In Progress) because it was destroyed in the tornado. I didn’t have time to start over as the tornado destroyed our home just a few days before her birthday. The next year after that was a whirlwind — finding a temporary home, dealing with insurance and rebuilding a new home. I never got the doll done.

Peaked Hat--WIP   photo   Potholder WIP   headbands

Here’s a ruffled tote bag I made my daughter for her 11th birthday last year to hold her supplies, for crochet, of course. She wanted to learn how & I was thrilled. I stuffed the bag with colorful yarns, crochet hooks and beginner instructions. She loved it!

Also pictured above are three other current projects. Another hat (adult size) & what will be a spiral potholder when I’m finished; also some headbands I have made for my nieces. Now I’m working on flower appliques to add to the headbands to finish them up.

Yes. You may have noticed more than one unfinished project — what in yarn land we call WIPs (Work in Progress). I crochet like I read, in multiples. I’m always reading more than one book at a time and crocheting more than one item, too. Multi-tasker? Maybe. More like, I get bored easily and need variety! :0)

You can find all sorts of free patterns and basic tutorials online to learn how to crochet or knit. I taught myself how to crochet 22 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I wanted to learn to make the beautiful items that my grandmother did. It made me feel closer to her, though she lived far away. She passed away several years ago, making the afghans, potholders, and other items she’s made me over the years all the more precious.

Personally, I love this website –> The Crochet Crowd. It has an expansive library of patterns and tutorial videos. Mikey has 24 free beginner crochet video tutorials that will get you started. You can find them here.

You can buy yarn and crochet or knit supplies many places from Walmart to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or any number of other craft stores. I’ve been dying to shop at a Hobby Lobby for more years than I can even count. We FINALLY had a Hobby Lobby store open in my area last month. I’m in heaven (and anticipating Mother’s Day next week with bated breath because I’ve dropped several hints about how much I would love a gift card from there)! You can also find yarn items online many places (including eBay, who knew?) One online yarn supplier I would love to try out is Expression Fiber Arts. Chandi, the owner, spins/dyes/sells her own yarn and it is on the more expensive side, but is so TO DIE FOR!!!

Definitely check of these Work In Progress printable cards that can help you keep track of patterns, hook sizes, yarn types etc. for your projects.

I would love to see what’s on your hook these days, if you crochet. If you are interested in learning, what’s stopping you???