I like to use blogging as a personal motivator. I set goals every month and type them up here to give myself a little accountability. I’ve been wanting to expand my crochet repertoire for a while, so I was thrilled to receive a review copy of Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World. The range of projects as well as the variety of designers make this a great book if you’re looking to expand your crochet repertoire. This flower (not this large in real life) was the first project I tried – I stuck it on a card for a friend (and Mike found that very strange, but Emma understood perfectly). The button is an old one I found a long time ago – isn’t it pretty?
The patterns in the book range from very simple to more complex charts that I need to figure out how to read. Every project uses a single skein of yarn – but some of those skeins of yarn are very large! The book is organized by yarn weight, so it’s a great pick if you have a yarn stash you are looking to use up!
I’m a pretty visual learner. This book has fewer pictures than the other crochet books I have, but the written instructions are clear and easy to follow. I imagine anyone well versed in crochet will have no trouble following along, but if you are a relative newbie you may need a second book with basic instructions or google searches to decipher some of the instructions.
I’m working on baby booties now, but they are taking a long time because my kids have big feet and I need to adjust the pattern (and I’m not very good at that). And I’m writing about that here in hopes that it will give me the determination to figure it out. Not because my daughter needs crocheted booties (who knows if she will even wear them when they are finished), but because it’s the type of brain teaser that I enjoy – even if I need a little extra motivation to face it sometimes.
Crafting is my favorite way to relax. What do you like to do with your down time? Do you crochet?