Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Discovery of Ravelry

So last week I discovered Ravelry! Why have I never seen/ used this site before. It is like Facebook for knitters. I can keep track of all the projects I have on the go, all the projects I'm stuck on, and all the projects I'll never finish (why do I never finish?) You can also log all of your yarn stash so you will never buy a duplicate or very similar yearn again! (of course we will do that anyway due to knitters madness and love of yarn. I mean come on, how many balls of yarn do I really need?)

I can also log all the books that are building up in my library. Its actually made me realise I really don't need any more knitting books for a long long time, well, at least until payday!

So here's me If anyone else is on there I would love to add you to my friend list ( I don't have any real friends)

Also from now on I can link my projects to my blog so you can see what I'm (trying) to make at any time :)

Happy Knitting x

Monday, 28 July 2014

Clumsy Crochet

I'm coming out of the crochet closet and I'm finally learning! I thought this will be easy, I can knit. This is just one hook it must be easier. Right? Complete fail proof logic..........right?

Oh how wrong I was. Crochet is really, really hard. I'm thinking its harder than knitting, but then I looked back to my first blog post and yep, I really was that bad at knitting too! I have managed to get holding the hook and wool right quite quickly which I think knitting did help with and its very easy to see mistakes in crochet and its also much easier to unravel and correct. So they are all good things.

I found a great you tube channel ( the host, Mikey, is so lovely too!) that has helped me a lot called 'The Crochet Crowd' BUT be warned. I only found this out after I had started learning. This guy uses the American names for the stitches, but all the patterns I had and other videos were using the English names! The stitches are the same just named different, so you can imagine how confusing that was! I really hope I had saved you from that headache!

Also there is a brand new app (yes, the man in my life bought me an ipad! How did I live without it?) from Simply Crochet called Granny Square a Week. This looks really nice and I think once I know all the stitches and get a bit better at reading charts and patterns this will be a great app. 

I wanted to include some photos of my first attempts at crochet but I cant find them anywhere. I think I may of unravelled it all to keep practicing, but trust me it was hideous! 

Happy Knitting (or Crocheting!)