Hi I've been offline lately so just got your note. All my Mom's sisters and Mother crocheted, so when I was 12 I asked my mom to show me. I seem to have inherited the bug. I stopped for a long time while I was working, but always had something going, either crochet, or needlepoint or even sometimes knitting. I had let it all go for awhile during divorce time, but when I saw a girlfriend with a skein of yarn and a hook, I knew I needed it. You cannot be tense when crocheting, or the work comes out messed up. You have to keep an even tension, and by making yourself do that, you ease the tensions in yourself.
People say, I don't have the patience, when they see me work, and I tell them It gives me patience. It's a great stress reliever. I found a book at any regular yarn/fabric store that was "ABC's of crochet (I think). It gives the basics, but first I'd suggest you find someone who does crochet and have them walk you through the basics.
You could probably find a site online you could use, but if you are serious about learning, please do yourself a favor and learn. It is one of the more relaxing activities, that will free your mind up to look a problems another way. It has saved my sanity through some really rough spots. Learn the basics, and make something simple, then use your obvious creativity to exceed yourself.
PS. Thanks for writing back. I'm retired officially now, and have moved into a home where I am taking care of an Alzheimer's lady so am saving on rent and doing a good deed. My current crochet project(s) are a coolie for AMP soda with the colors and number of Dale Earnheart, Jr., and a TP hat for my new bathroom.
Hi Lynda, nice to meet you too. I envy you quilting. I just don't think I could be that precise. I just envision all the mismatched ends and it makes me shudder. My step-mom competes in fairs, and she has shown me pictures...(WOW).
One of the pieces I got from my girlfriend's yard sale is a beautiful denim jacket with appliques of a pineapple doily on the back, lace, swirled around and small width edgings curly-qued around with buttons for accents. It's really pretty and gives me ideas. I am known in most of my circles for my crochet. I stick to bedspreads, etc., because for all that work I want something that will be used, and not just for decoration.
The jacket reminded me that you can often find doilies at yard sales, and I did get a couple of plain denim long shirts/jackets Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Great to meet you. Write anytime, I'd love to hear what you are working on now.
Today, I took three pairs of denim jeans and made them into shorts. There isn't much need for long pants here in Florida. I'm trying to get myself motivated to make patch pockets for some of the nice shirts I got. Why is it that we women don't get pockets?