No cardmaking or scrapping to show you today - I've been busy and there is a work in progress but it will be a wee while before it's finished so I thought I'd reveal something else I've been working on instead.
Over the last five or so weeks I've been following Jo of Jozart's crocheting progress - and prowess - check out here to admire her handiwork. Reading somewhere that if you crocheted just one square a day, then over a year there would be enough to join together to make an Afghan throw was what got Jo started on her project. However, by just crocheting whenever she got a moment, she has exceeded that prediction. Jo's squares have mounted up so fast that in super fast time she has made a beautiful Afghan throw - really impressive.
I used to knit and crochet a lot ... I was taught to knit at the age of four and my aunt taught me to crochet when I was nine. In fact, dotted around the house, under various plant pots, are crocheted doilies - with very intricate patterns - I made a long time ago.
However, I gave it all up when I developed arthritis and 'writer's cramp' - it would be more apt to call it 'knitter's cramp' I think :) But, after reading Jo's blog and seeing her work I thought I'd take up the crochet hook again ... the crochet hook in question is one I've had for possibly 25 years!
Because it is such a long time I needed a refresher course and I got that from YouTube ... there's a lot of demos there for the rusty :) I then went searching on the Internet for a pattern ... I'd given away every pattern I ever had. I found several good patterns but opted to use Wendy Poole's - click here for the link - because it is clearly illustrated and the instructions are easy to follow.
I bought a magazine that had a giveaway of six small balls of yarn with it, thinking that these would be more than enough to get me started.
I crocheted my first square on Friday evening and have since made another five - six in three days, not bad and so far no problems with my hands :))
As you can see from the photograph, I've been out today and bought some more yarn, a couple of huge balls this time. Although the squares are multi-coloured, I've decided that I want the dominant colour to be white.