This blog originally began as a way to share what I was working on - definitely not a DIY blog or a recipe blog or even a lifestyle blog. I took blurry and artificially-lit photos of my blankets, hats, etc., usually made from a pattern in Crochet Today! magazine (which is no longer being published! Sad day.).
Much has changed in the 7 years I've been blogging, but one thing that hasn't changed is my love for crochet (and now knitting). I always get a thrill from beginning a new project, using just the right yarn and hook size and stitch. Crochet is the reason I started this whole mess, so I might as well share my reasons for loving it!
1. You only use one tool, a hook! Although I love the tailored look of knitting, it's definitely a bit more difficult to manipulate the two long needles.
2. Doilies. Need I say more? I LOVE doilies, whether antique or handmade from a keepsake pattern - doilies hold so much history, intricacy, and beauty, and I simply adore them.
3. It's therapeutic. I can't remember a stressful day that immediately slipped off my shoulders the moment I picked up my crochet hook. The repetitive stitches, the feel of the yarn in my fingers, and the piece coming together as I make each loop - it's a form of therapy like no other.
4. Crochet is versatile. I've made everything from kitchen scrubbers to purses to dresses to hats to gloves to scarves, and crochet works for all of them! I love how versatile this craft is.
5. Crochet is easy to teach and learn. Honestly, I would like to teach more people how to crochet. It's really easy to learn, and once you've picked up a single stitch the possibilities are endless. Do you know someone you could teach? Hang out at a coffeeshop and show them the basics!
6. Crochet is fashion forward. If you care about that kind of thing. Crochet has been making a come-back for the past 5 years or so, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down! I love seeing lacy dresses and chunky sweaters on the runway, and when you think about the fact that someone MADE THAT completely BY HAND, it makes it so special.
7. Fiber friendly. You can use pretty much any kind of fiber you want to crochet. Seriously. I've tried twine, cotton, wool, raffia, old T-shirts, plastic bags, and ribbon, just to name a few. Imagine the possibilities!
I hope this post inspired you to learn or continue crocheting - it's worth it! I'd love to see what you make.