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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 !!


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

11 thoughts on “Learning a craft

  1. I wish I knew how to crochet. 🙂 Quilting is my go to hobby but I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet for a long time now.

    • I’d definitely advocate using a You Tube crocheting video and taking it slow , if you want to learn. You can do it then at your leisure for each step 🙂 I love the look of quilted products but have never tried it. I think you must be very talented to do it as it genuinely looks complex to me.

  2. That’s a wonderful ambition Kerry Anne. Do it now before arthritis sets in. Lol. I wonder though if it would help prevent it.
    I was a prolific knitter after being taught by my nana. She also taught me to crochet but I didn’t really ‘take’ to that. I made quilted squares for cushion covers when I had to bed rest for several weeks when pregnant with my second son.
    My knitting became quite sophisticated with fair isle and picture knitting and other complicated patterns such as knitting in 3D bobbles.
    I stopped knitting when I damaged my elbow after a fall in my Frenchs Forest garden from about 11/2 meters on to the driveway and damaged my elbow.
    The last three items I hand knitted, including an Aran fisherman’s style jumper, went to the Salvos a few months ago.
    I feel very tempted to take it up again. After all, it’s knitting is easy to do when watching TV and, at the wool shop in Rylstone, there were the most glorious wools such as cashmere and silk. Not an acrylic anything in the shop… and the baby wools!!!!…now that’s when I’ll definitely be knitting again.

    • Baby wools … That’s inspiration. 🙂 I think there is nothing more special than handknitted and crocheted items. So far so good with my square ( a few missed and a few excessive chains but each row gets better) . I think you should pick your hobby up again and see how it goes 🙂

  3. Well done. I too enjoy crochet but I’ve not picked up the hook in quite some time.

    • I’m enjoying it, just wish I could work faster. I’m an instant gratification person, so I need to learn patience and relaxation – two traits I hope to develop from this :))) Haven’t been in the blogging world much lately so haven’t caught up with what you are up to. Hope everything is going well in your world xx

  4. Your crochet is looking nice! I’ve always liked the look of paper quilling, but have never tried it. I like collage–anything paper. Or fabric. Or…colorful! I did counting cross-stitch for years.

    • I discovered quilling by chance . It was in a magazine with Christmas paper crafts. It was quite fiddly but results were nice. I love the appearance of collage and once saw a design for a photo collage under a glass top on a table. When I have more time I’d love to give that a go.

  5. I taught myself to crochet about 4 years ago thanks to Youtube too! I’ve made a couple of granny square rugs, and I have a great pattern for a babies hat that is dead easy – I think I have it pinned on Pinterest (my account name is Middle Aged Mama) if you want to find it 🙂 .

  6. I am quite possibly the most uncrafty person in the world – but I have set myself a challenge to learn how to make a cushion cover with the sewing machine lol. I’d love to know how to knit and crochet!

    • I relate to being uncrafty , but I want to be, so keep trying unlike piano playing that I gave up when in my teens because my parents sold the piano. Their ears could take it no more haha

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