Welcome to my yarncraft blog!
I was inspired to start this blog by my charming and talented mother, whose crochet blog currently features an exciting mystery project in progress. (I already know what it is--haha!) I see this as a place to feature my works in progress and finished objects, to chronicle my trials and tribulations, and generally geek out about how cool it is that I can take a long piece of string and turn it into something useful--plus, maybe now that Mom and I are both blogging, the phone bills will be a bit smaller! (Maybe.)
A little about me: I'm 25 years old and I live in Lexington, KY. I have a dim memory of my mother teaching me to crochet when I was a small person; I'm pretty sure I made a lot of very long chains and an extremely lumpy potholder or two before abandoning crochet in favor of other pursuits. My senior year of college, when I was very poor and had a lot of time on my hands, I bought a new crochet hook and a bunch of yarn and made scarves for... well, just about everyone I knew, for Christmas. (I found out recently that I was doing it wrong the whole time. Oops!)
In December 2006 I was back home for two weeks and caught the crochet bug again. It was a very crafty vacation: I made hats with Mom, tried a shawl, sewed an apron with my grandmother, and even got Grandma to give me a lightning-speed intro to knitting--she was on her way to a bridge game! I came back to Lexington with a suitcase stuffed full of yarn and a burning desire to make stuff.
Then I decided to quit smoking, and I remembered how difficult it is to smoke and crochet at the same time. I didn't want to make any more hats or scarves, and I spent a few days going through the free patterns on Lion Brand's website before I finally settled on a project. Two months later, I was smoke-free, and I had this:
A full-sized afghan! That I made!
After that, I picked up my knitting needles and some cotton yarn, and made my first dishcloths. I started buying knitting books. I'm beginning to get over my frustration with how slow knitting is compared to crocheting; as of today, I've knitted half a dozen dish/washcloths, a very large bag (bigger than I intended!), and two halves of socks. (These are two separate socks, not one entire sock. I don't learn how to make the toes until Saturday.)
I just bought a used sewing machine on the cheap so I can make linings for bags and things like that, and I'm working on a second afghan.
I used to be addicted to cigarettes; now I'm addicted to yarn! Oh, well. As I told my coworker Pat (who is the Craft Queen around here), at least carpal tunnel syndrome is almost never fatal!