I decided to crochet my partner a blanket for Christmas and discovered a new, rewarding hobby along the way.
I've been unable to source the original photo used for this blog entry - but it's not mine! If you know the owner of the image please let me know so I can give them due credit for this hilarious creation.
A lot of YQ regulars heard about my blanket mishaps and trials, and some even saw me crocheting away at the studio between classes (I live with my partner so I couldn't make the blanket at home!). When Alex unwrapped it his first comment was "so that's why you've been so calm!"
And it's true! As it turns out, I really enjoyed making it. It's a personal, rewarding, and at times quite meditative practice. I had so much fun making it that I decided to learn how to knit over the holiday and now I'm happily knitting away my free time as well. Counting stitches while listening to a podcast and sipping a cup of tea is probably my favourite time of day now. And the best part of it is that at the end of a project I always have something cute to show for it. :)
If you're thinking up taking up knitting or crocheting, definitely give it try! The only down fall I think is that it's surprisingly expensive. You can order skeins of yarn online for prices normally cheaper than you can find in store and I've seen a number of charity shops selling yarn for very reasonable prices. The hooks/needles are aways quite cheap - these can be picked up online, the Oxford Yarn Store or at the art shop right beside us on Broad Street!
I taught myself how to crochet AND knit using Google searches and Youtube. It's a bit of a learning curve, but once you catch on it becomes second nature.
http://www.purlsoho.com/ and http://www.pinterest.com have loads of gorgeous patterns (many of which are free) to inspire you.
Are there any other types of crafts that you love? Have any amazing patterns you'd like to share? We always love to hear from you!