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Learning a craft

Do you have a favourite craft activity? Craft is a relaxing activity ( when it goes right 👍 ) with great satisfaction in achieving an end product made by yourself. I have tried paper quilling, knitting and calligraphy, and as a teenager a little bit of candle making. This craft only lasted until my mum realised I’d used her best saucepans to melt wax after the one she’d given me had the handle loosen ( watching my safety I’d thought as I you the new saucepans haha). No more milk carton, mould and drip candles for me.

As a child I remember watching my sister crochet after being taught by our nanna. Somewhere along the line I picked up the basic stitch. Now with the help of YouTube ( technology is interwoven in all I do) I am trying to teach myself to crochet.

My first project is a square cushion for my lounge. It’s just a big ‘grannie square’ really but I couldn’t help myself to try adding my own personal twist. I’ve tried to incorporate a colour change just on the corners. So far ( thankfully) the result seems better than when I adlib on cooking recipes with ingredient changes. Can’t wait to share the finished product with you.

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I think I’ve found what just might turn out to be my best friend forever in a site called Craft Yarn Council. It not only has free patterns and some interesting articles to read, it also has informative topics, like the all important ones like ‘What’s that stitch’ and ‘How to read a crochet pattern’. For knitters ( or aspiring knitters) it has ‘how to’ guidelines and patterns as well.

If you crochet, do you have any hints or tips to help as I learn this craft? I do know I need to work on getting my tension even !!