Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Week 4: How did you learn to crochet, or who taught you?

My crochet history isn't very glamorous or a heartfelt tribute to someone who lovingly taught me to crochet. Nope, I taught myself. But, I guess in a way it is a tribute, a tribute to books and how important they have been, and are, in my life.

Learning to crochet had been on my to-do list for some time. A former co-worker of mine had crocheted me a set of the most beautiful place mats. I imagined that they took her a really long time to make, but she assured me that it hadn't. She taught me how to make a chain, but we never really got beyond that point. It wasn't until a few years had passed that I decided I was going to take the time to learn. So, I bought myself a kit and I went through the instructions step by step. I was "hooked". I wanted to learn as many stitches and techniques as I could, and books were (and are) my best teachers.

Books, for as long as I can remember, have been a constant in my life, and since I learned, crochet has been too. And I am so grateful! Gratitude grounds me, and reading and crocheting truly are simple joys that I enjoy every day. I hope that others will be inspired to learn something new with this Challenge, and hey, I know a great book that can help . . .

Welcome to week 4 of the 52 Week Crochet Challenge! It's not too late to join in the fun:
52 Week Crochet Challenge
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  1. We all learn in different ways and not one way is better than another. Be proud the you have learned it and well at that. Books, yes I love them a lot and there are some very good ones out there, that can teach you a lot. Never give up trying and accomplish something new.
    Thanks again for the challenge. I noticed that I focus on my projects more again.

    Until soon,

  2. I'm a kinesthetic learner. To get the basics I have to copy someone in front of me and do it myself. Thank goodness for youtube. Moving books!

  3. I always admire self-taught people. I'm so in agreement with you on books - they simply open up the entire world to us! When my kids were small, when we went to the store they were of course, can we have that? can we have that? Often the answer was no. But when it came to books, no matter how scarce money was, the answer was always yes!

  4. There's something about an actual book - not just something on a screen - that can feel reassuring and permanent. You can keep looking back, and the information you need is exactly where you left it :)

  5. We all learn differently. I think we also have to be in the 'right space' to learn a new skill. It takes time, patience and desire! You gotta really want to do it!

  6. Good for you! I commend you on your perseverance in teaching yourself to crochet and your work is beautiful! I am running a bit behind, okay quite a bit behind, but here is my post for the fourth week of the challenge:

    Thank you for this fun challenge. Off to learn something new now.


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