19 January 2012

a brief history of my crochet

Hello and welcome to my first blog post. I guess I should show you what I do. I've been crocheting for around a year and a half, and it has become a massive part of my life. It all started around 2 years ago. I'd got it in my head that I wanted to learn how to knit, so my wife bought me a beginners knitting kit for xmas. I'll be honest, I struggled, but I kept at it and eventually I got the basics down. After about 6 months or so me and my friends went to our regular yearly music festival. I knew they had a knitting tent and thought it would be good to get some tips and advice, but when I got there, everybody was doing crochet! As soon as I got back I saw that our local wool shop was running crochet classes, so I went along and after just 2 sessions I was, as they say, 'hooked'.

After I'd learnt the main basic stitches, I threw myself into my first project and was amazed by how easy I found it. I got hold of the book 'Super-Cute Crochet' by Nicki Trench, and had a go at making a mouse. I can't recommend this book enough, its full of easy to follow patterns and clear instructions. Here is my first mouse which I still treasure to this day.


As soon as this was done I was away. I'd learnt the joy of turning wool into something complete and fun. I continued with making soft toys (or amigurumi), and ventured into clothing, making your standard hats, scarfs, wrist warmers, etc. I was learning new stitches all the time and loving every minute of it. Then came time for a challenge. I'd been playing around with shapes and squares, and decided it was time to make my first blanket. To make things more complicated for myself I decided to make various different sized squares and put them all together, and here's the result.


So, with that done, as well as tinkering around making little things, I started on the next big project. Remember me mentioning that festival? Well, me and my friends go the 'Shambala' festival every year, and every year we do fancy dress (the whole festival does!). So last year that was one of my other challenges, to crochet my entire fancy dress outfit. There was no theme, I just wanted it to be as vibrant and as crazy as possible. It was also interesting to do, as at this point I was trying my hand at free-styling and making stuff up. I used some references for stitch inspiration and sizing, but any of these I adapted and made the rest up myself. As I'm sure you can imagine, I got some funny looks, but people generally were pretty impressed.


So that's a brief glimpse at what I do. There are so many things that I've made, and so much wool that I've stashed. One of my main reasons for making this blog is to document my creations. I make so many things for gifts and never remember to take photo's, so hopefully this should motivate me to do so. And what does the future hold? Well, I hope to start using crochet to make artwork and I would like to try my hand at writing patterns. But for now I've got plenty of things to show the world and I'm always working on something.

9 comments:

  1. Great Start to your blog Matt, interested to see more photos and stories.

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  2. We are so impressed! You're obviously a natural.....Richie(Spiderkitten) sent Trinity (Liz's little sister) a link to your blog. I am his ma-in-law and a spinner, knitter, crocheter and Trin is a 3rd yr textile design student so I guess that's why he knew we'd be interested. Take a look at Attic24 blog - probably a bit tame and mumsy for you, but she does some good tutorials - also Crochet with Raymond. Keep up the blog

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    1. Hello marge, thankyou for your comment. Its great to see all these connections happening. I have looked a bit at both of those blogs, i need to start following and adding blogs of note etc but i'm still just getting started with this whole blog thing. once again thanks for the comment and advice

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  3. Love your self-crochet, can you make me a Chaplin doll?

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    1. I imagine that could be arranged at some point :)

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  4. Hello

    I'm a friend of your sister in law in Glos. She sent me your blog as I am an avid crocheter and blogger too. My story is similar to yours, I learned to knit about 4 years ago, but was never that good at it. I started at a knitting group where I was taught to crochet and never looked back! That Nikki Trench book was also fodder for some of my early projects.

    I've been blogging for about 6 months or so and am finding it a real source of inspiration and motivation.

    Your blog looks fab already! I love your amigurumi of yourself. If you need any tips on blogging then give me a shout. Once you get a couple of posts up I'll stick a mention on my blog and Tweet you about a bit. Do you Tweet? I must admit I was totally against it at first, it is invaluable for getting your blog about a bit and finding new people to follow. It's another thing I can add to my list of addictions!

    One last tip, mumsnet.com has a new bloggers network which you can apply to join when you have a few posts up (it's not just for mummy blogs). I don't get a massive amount of hits from that yet, but I have made a good network on the bloggers board on their forum here http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/bloggers.

    That's all from me - sorry for the essay! Look forward to seeing your updates.

    Oh and my blog is www.dillytante.wordpress.com - for some reason I can't comment under my wordpress ID on blogspot at the moment.

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    1. Hi Dilly. thanks for the great comment, I loved reading it. I just had a quick peek at your blog, gotta say I'm very impressed. I love your crafts (the butterfly frame looks amazing), and I'll be sure to follow it. I don't tweet, I think its like you say I seem quite against it atm, but the more I read the more it seems like a good idea. Thanks for your generous offer to tweet about me in the future, I will have more posts coming soon, and I will keep your offer of advice on any tips in mind. Thanks again for a great comment

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