I have a confession to make and I’m not sure how to say it. I’ve been trying to figure out how to go through with this confession for some time now. So here goes….I’ve become a hooker. You heard me. I’m a hooker.
You see, sometimes a need arises and a girl has to do what a girl has to do. I had a friend in need, and this was my only option. She and I have been friends since we were 12. I couldn’t let her down. So that’s the way it is. You want to see a picture of me in action? Here goes…
Hee hee…had you going there didn’t I? Well, get your minds out of the gutter…do you really think I’d become THAT kind of hooker?
Well, I’ve been a knitter for going on 9 years now, and so putting down the needles and picking up a hook and learning to crochet did feel like a bit of a betrayal to the craft that has kept me sane for nearly a decade now. And I was being honest, I did learn in order to make a sweet girlfriend a hat for her baby girl (which I was in such a hurry to send to her I didn’t even take a picture!). But never in a million years did I think it would become my new obsession! I’ve gone CROCHET CRAZY! As in I might have to change the name of this blog to Crochet Addictions (which does not have the same ring). You want to see how obsessed I’ve become? You should see all the projects I’ve completed since I learned to crochet in November!! Ok, I’ll show you:
I’ve mostly knitted sweaters in the last few years. I have knitted maybe a handful of blankets in my tenure, and had a really difficult time tolerating the monotony of them. Knitted blankets take SO long! Even baby blankets.
But this puppy worked up so fast, in less than a month I was able to completely finish it and have it packed up and mailed to my sister for Christmas. I was literally hooked! And because I was so used to knitting sweaters, which I often made in neutral or earth tones so they would fit nicely in any wardrobe, I just loved working with all the colors in this blanket. This was a major stash buster. I used various shades of Red Heart and TLC yarn which I had collected back in my early days of learning to knit and at various times when I thought I *might* knit blankets again, but never did. Some of the colors in this blanket I had in my stash for at least 8 years! But they worked up beautifully together.
And I didn’t stop there, oh no.
The baby who brought me into the world of crochet would need a blanket as well!
Aren’t those colors beautiful?! The ripple pattern again came from Attic 24, here. I have to admit, I struggled with it at first since, hey, I knew how to make exactly one crochet stitch at this point! But with my handy dandy “learn to crochet” pamphlet, I mastered it eventually and I’m so glad I stuck with it, because I LOVED the end result.
L loved it too and was sad to see it go, so I’ve started another one for him.
This one (and the one I’ve started for him as well) was made from Vanna’s Choice and Vanna’s Baby yarns. So lovely! I haven’t bought acrylic yarns for ages since I am a snob and would NEVER use them for a sweater, but for blankets, I’m all about softness and machine washability (is that a word? well it is now!). This yarn is luscious! The colors are beautiful and there is a sheen to the yarn that is so lovely. And SOFT! So soo soft. I love it! The blanket turned out about 44″x48″ and used every last scrap of all 8 balls of yarn with 4 stripes of each color except red with had 5 stripes. I think that it will hold up nicely and I hope it will be used for years to come. The icing on the cake??? Guess how long it took me to make this…guess…2 WEEKS! It would have taken me months to knit the same blanket and I probably would have enjoyed it less. Pretty awesome!
And while I was on a rippley roll…and since I’d given away all my crocheted items to date, I had to make one to keep:
I am so in love with this blanket it’s not even funny.
This was another stash buster…more of those icky Red Heart/TLC yarns, which felt like using shredded plastic bags after that loverly Vanna’s yarn, but I still LOVE the colors.
Stealthy eyes will notice that there are a couple of rogue stripes in there. I had to sneak some replacement colors in when I ran out of a few skeins. The problem with using yarn that’s been in your stash for years is that colors get discontinued in that time! But that’s ok. I love it, even with it’s mis-matched rows and imperfections. And that’s what true love is all about, no?
This is my favorite part of the blanket, where the color sequence was just like I wanted it…but alas, my favorite colors were, of course, the ones I ran out of.
This puppy is BIG too! 48″x64″ before it was washed. As you can see, if you were looking, in my very first picture of this post, it covers nearly the length of the back of my couch…and my couch is 84″ long! So I’d say this baby stretched to a good 72″ after washing. Joy
Whew…had enough of my hooking for one day? I have lots more to show you, but it’ll have to wait til next time.
The Happy Hooker