You may have seen an article I wrote a while back here on the blog called 6 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I started Crocheting (view that HERE) – it’s been my most popular post and I’ve had requests for a follow up!
So here are 6 MORE things I wish someone told me when I started crocheting!
I hope that these tips from a self-taught crocheter (along with suggestions from my lovely Facebook fans!) help those out there still navigating the new, sometimes overwhelming waters of crochetland.
Or this article may offer some comfort and camaraderie to those of us who have been at this a while and wondering about how the community feels on certain topics.
Either way, I hope there’s something here for ya!
1. It’s OK if your friends don’t crochet
So here are the ladies who I am closest with – the women I see all the time who constantly inspire and support me. And none of them know a ding dang thing about crochet, bless their hearts.
My sisters, on the left, didn’t really get the crafty gene from my mother and her mother – though vastly talented in other areas, they don’t light up at the yarn aisle like I do. And my best friend, on the right, is a die hard sewist. She’s the bomb, and has taught me a lot about sewing but more importantly, she understands the crafty thing. She too spends more at the craft store than on her car payment. And for that I’m grateful.
The point here, folks, is that you don’t have to belong to a crochet club, you don’t have to have dozens of friends to discuss row 32 of this super intricate pattern with in order to be successful and passionate about the craft. YOU have to love it and beyond that, there aren’t any other requirements. So be sure your life is full of people who love you and love that you have a hobby that you’re passionate about – you can find a group online to ask about those pattern questions.
2. Learning to read charts really helps
- You’ve found the mistake, you undo your work back to that point and try again. Huzzah!
- You have no idea what happened and you’re overwhelmed. Walk away and look at it with fresh eyes later! Have a glass of pinot and remember that it’s just yarn.
- Continue the mistake! You don’t know how you got to where you are but dangit that won’t stop you – keep going in the manner you have been and guess what? Now you’re a pattern designer with a one of a kind item! (this is my favorite option)
- Golfing/sports – belonging to a country club or specialty gym can cost hundreds per month
- Automobiles – have you seen what car parts cost lately? Lordy. (this one is my fiance’s kryptonite)
- Collecting – no matter how much I love it, I have to admit it’s basically a fancy term for shopping for old expensive things
- Photography – the equipment alone to get you going with this hobby costs thousands. Never mind classes to learn about the craft
- Traveling – perhaps more a dream than a hobby (for most) but you can’t deny it will eat a whole in your pocketbook