This spring, I revisited an old friend: crochet. I learned when I was very little, so young that I don’t really remember being taught. But I do know it was my mom who taught me and I crocheted many doll blankets, bags, pouches, all sorts of things and all without a pattern. So I find the medium very intuitive with lots of room to improvise. But now, since part of my job is to help people decipher knitting and crochet patterns, I thought I’d better try following a few myself!
The blanket pattern, A Sunny Spread, was recommended to me and I decided Noro Silk Garden would be beautiful.
I alternated between two colours, one for the centre and one for the border, and found them to be quite addictive. I made a total of 30 and had a lot of fun arranging and rearranging, standing perched on a chair to get a bird’s-eye-view of the overall effect. In the end, I didn’t follow the pattern completely, making a smaller, rectangular version which I bordered using some Peruvian Alpaca that had been gifted the Christmas before by the person for whom this blanket was intended.
And now I have completed several more crochet projects and quite enjoy the execution, even if I have yet to follow a pattern verbatim from beginning to end…
It feels good to have the crochet hook back in my tool kit after such a long hiatus and I’m looking forward to further developing this skill as part of my repertoire!