Megan Shall Crochet

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Today at work, a little thought popped into my head as these things always do for me.  It’s not that my job doesn’t require thought, it’s just that I am so used to the things I have to do that I don’t always have to think through each step.  

I thought, “I think I would like to learn how to crochet.”  I have always heard how easy and inexpensive of a hobby it is, but never really looked into it. I always assumed that because I tried it a long time ago, perhaps in middle school, and I was terrible at it, that I would still be terrible at it.  With the advent of Youtube and free internet patterns, the idea didn’t seem so unheard of for me anymore.

Today after work, I stopped over to Joann’s and bought an I9 crochet hook and yarn, which is what you see above.  With the help of a Youtube video, I learned how to make the initial chain and then the proceeding single crochet loops.  At first, it was difficult and the edges of my first few rows were not exactly in line.  By the time I got to the third or forth row, I started to feel like an old pro at it.

For me, this kind of success rarely comes with hobbies, or at least that’s what I imagine. I try something, am terrible at it, and then never try it again.  My interest in things waxes and wanes so quickly and rarely comes back again.  I’m going to give crocheting a try, though. I thought that if I could get into crocheting that it would be something to get into for this coming winter.  I mean, how cozy would it be to just sit in front of my blu-ray fireplace and crochet while it’s snowing outside 😉  Yes, it’s ok to laugh at that…

I’m actually finding it to be really fun and as I’m writing this, I’m thinking about picking it up ASAP and starting on it again.

Wish me luck! 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Megan

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66 thoughts on “Megan Shall Crochet

  1. I love to crochet! When I was a teen I tried to learn and due to me being left handed I just couldn’t get it, until my sister said, “hey, sit across from me so you mirror me and copy what I do!” It worked…. Now about 30 years later, I still crochet and I have made many dolls, clothes, blankets and baby items. It occupies your mind and there is always something that you can crochet as a gift, which adds your love to the gift. I am so glad you found your way to crochet!

    1. I would love to get good enough to gift the things I make. I think that would be really special and rewarding for me and the receiver 🙂 I’m happy to have picked up the hobby!

  2. I find Crochet to be relaxing, it’s a form of mediation. Other people count their breathes when meditating, I count stitches. Its been a great help to my depressions and anxiety. I hope it helps you too.

    1. Forgot to mention, Find Crochet pages on facebook, Just mention your a beginner and post a pic of your work. You’ll get encouragement which will help you and if you have a problem there will be people there to help you. Let me know if you need names of a couple. Share pics of your work and having people like your work is a great pic me- up 🙂

      1. I follow “crochet” and CROCHET ADDICT”. Love both, you’ll have a todo list in know time.
        Ravelry.com is also VERY, VERY,VERY addictive lots of free patterns 😉

  3. I love to crochet and there are soooo many great free patterns out there! When you can crochet in rounds you should look at amigurumi patterns, they are so cute and take barely any time to make (apart from sewing parts together and weaving in ends) 😀

    1. I know there are 🙂 My sister and I have been talking about them and what we’ve found. I have seen the amigurumi patterns and they look so cute 😀 I would love to make toys for Chester 🙂

  4. Yay!! My mum taught me when I was nine and I remember she just got me to practice my chains until I’d used up a whole ball of wool. Then she got me to undo it all so I could learn what’s after the chains…
    I love it though. Have picked it up again on and off over the last few years. If I’m being honest, I feel like a bit of a nanna when I make too many things. But it is good fun!! Hope you stick with it, and can’t wait to see all the cute things you might make 😀

    1. That’s a lot of chains! I just did that a couple of times and then moved on with it. I hope I can stick with it too. I know my bf thinks it’s for older ladies 😉 but he has yet to actually say it!

  5. Maybe crocheting will be something you are good at and enjoy. I have friends who crochet all sorts of interesting detailed figurines (like Dr.Who or Famous people)

  6. I’m trying to learn how to do this too. The niece taught me, but I’m too nervous to try it on my own without her here to check on my progress. I’ll have to bite the bullet and give it a go!

  7. I taught myself to crochet years ago. I am left handed but actually fought my way thru and learned right handed so I wouldn’t have to do the “mirror image thing”. In Mar 2012, I had a stroke. The very first thing I did when I got home was pick up my crochet hook & my yarn and retaught my brain how to make the stitches again! I am slower than I was, and I still have days when even a basic pattern doesn’t make sense, but for me, relearning to crochet was a great victory!

    Take a look at a website called Ravelry. You can find everything, and I do mean everything, crochet related. Thousands of FREE patterns for all skill levels, tutorials, forums, etc.. This is my go-to site for everything crochet 😉

    1. Thank you for the suggestion 🙂 There are actually quite a few free patterns out there and I had no idea about that. It makes me want to try them all 🙂 also, lion brand.com has a number of free patterns too. That’s the one I found initially. I’m going to check out Ravelry though 🙂

  8. Yay Megan! Just a little cheerlead there.

    I love crochet and knitting. I am hopeless at both but I find it relaxing and enjoyable to keep trying at it. It’s a great little hobby. You can pick it up and put it down whenever. I can usually manage crocheting or knitting a square even on a bad day when I cannot do anything else at all. The internet has been such a great resource for both knitting and crochet and also for small sewing projects (which I am also not too great at but enjoy nonetheless). I even managed to crochet my housemates some Christmas presents the year before last. Little critters – one of them got a crochet owl 🙂

    I’m glad you are having fun with it. Keep us updated!!

  9. “I mean, how cozy would it be to just sit in front of my blu-ray fireplace and crochet while it’s snowing outside”

    Somehow, the mental image that popped up was that of an old woman… But hey, you got to start learning now if you want to be good by then 🙂

    I’m not patient enough for this kind of hobby. I need to do stuff that actively use my brain, otherwise I spend too much time thinking of random stuff. I mean, I have enough time at work to think. Like you, many parts of my job doesn’t require any attention at all. Several of my blog posts were mentally written during these times.

    You got it wrong. You try things, find out your are bad, and give up. Huh? This is how you should do it. You try things to find out if you like it. At first, you are bad at it. If you like it, you practice more, read about it, watch YouTube videos about it. You become better, and with time you become very good.

    Sometimes, there are things that appear more difficult to you. You may come to notice you learn these things slower than others. We don’t come to this world with all the same natural skills. But that shouldn’t ever stop you from doing what you like. Just work harder, you will get it. This is what humans are good for, improving upon themselves and learn new things.

  10. the only thing I an crochet is the granny square, I just keep going bigger until I have a nice size blanket. Need to take a class some day 🙂

  11. That’s not funny crocheting by the fire and it snowing outside! You painted a beautiful picture and I’m envious!! Lol
    I’m so the same, as quick as I pick up a new interest is as quick as I leave it! So annoying at times, right? Go you, hugs Paula xxx

    1. I wish I had an actual fireplace 🙂 I only have a DVD of one! hahaha. My bf swears he can feel heat coming off of the TV screen 😉 It is annoying at times, not sticking with a hobby. I’m really enjoying crocheting though and can’t see myself not liking it anymore. Maybe I’ve found something I actually like 🙂

  12. Crochet is awesome! I learned about a year ago in a similar way to you and have made lots of things. I find it really clears my mind 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things you make.

    1. It is a mind-clearing activity, that’s for sure. I love that about it. Have you made any Amigurumi before? I’m trying to figure it out, but having a difficult time with the patterns.

      1. I love amigurumi. The thing to remember is that they work in one continuous spiral of crochet. So no slip stitching and chaining up for the next round. When you finish a round put (or move your) stitch marker to the last stitch of that round and begin the next.

        Hope that helps a little 🙂

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