Friday, 3 July 2015

Hooked....


I finally have a hobby... and a real hobby too... not just sleeping, collecting vintage chemistry equipment,  telling atrocious jokes, stalking Clooney, reading Russian literature, contemplating the life of gnats,or gazing at my navel which are just some of the topics I normally declare as hobbies. Of course I also sometimes declare that making up random hobbies is my hobby, but that does some people's heads in .... big time...

Finally having a real hobby is quite the watershed moment for the person previously known as the Queen of Pinterest fails I tell you!!! I am not crafty... in fact sewing is a blood sport in my hands and recently after a very frustrating afternoon trying to teach me to knit, Phantom forcibly removed the knitting needles from my hand and declared she would stab me with them if I attempted knitting ever again. So it was with mild trepidation that my good friend Rach and I headed off to take  a crochet class at Sidestreet Vintage a few weeks ago... but it was great fun... plus we only got in mild trouble, although looking back I seem to recall I was the only one who got the stern reminders about shoddy technique lol... and they were very tolerant of Rach and I, who even on our best behaviour can be a handful, though I must say we did behave ourselves exceptionally well.... perhaps we are mellowing. 


Aside from managing to make it to the end of the class and not being kicked out for giggling, snorting and inappropriate comments... we actually had a great time and didn't suck at it at all. Rach is actually very crafty and competent in all other things yarn and sewing related... which makes me think she may have been foxing a bit... but a patient teacher who indulged us made the whole thing great fun... and I was pretty excited to be able to declare at least mild competence with the basics...but the thing that got me to actually pay attention and want to be good at it was these beauties.... the colours of this yarn are insane... bright and vibrant and truly perfect for a colour whores like Rach and I. We stood before that joyous wall of colour, looked at each other and quietly giggled like mad women, knowing this was meant to be... 


Since that glorious day I have been crocheting like someone possessed, well at least someone possessed in the evening while the football is on, and it must be magically making me easier to live with as Sinus and Phants ordered me some more yarn to keep me going and basically are now feeding my habit like crazy which is great fun all round...  Am I good at it? ... nope... is there any chance that I will ever create anything beyond a dodgy blanket?... not likely... but am I having fun?... you betcha baby... well except for the whole managing your yarn thing


In class we were shown how to get the yarn from the centre of the ball so it didn't roll all over the place while you were working, which sounds great in theory, but in practice has led to me pulling half the ball out trying to find that end , not to mention I magically get tangles no matter what I do which lead to much hilarity from the peanut gallery, and there may have been an incident where I somehow managed to get tangled in half a ball of yarn so thoroughly that I couldn't get out of the chair without being unwound. But that was only one small incident so I am declaring myself generally competent and let's leave it at that.


Happy painting all...xx


32 comments:

Rootweaver said...

I love to crochet too Tracey, when I have time. I particularly like making crochet soft toys. I love the colours you used in your crochet pic!

ZenziB said...

You are such a nut Tracey!

My name is Erika. said...

Yarn is a very good thing even if it tangles because whether you crochet or knit it is so much fun to pick out colors and have something to focus on while the tv is on and everyone is virtually ignoring you (or not ignoring you, whatever fits). So glad you found something to obsess yourself with and I bet if you keep it up you'll be making afghans or hats or table runners or something outrageous pretty soon.

Jennifer McLean said...

LOL, I knew we were sisters under the skin! I couldn't knit myself out of a paper box but crochet is my friend. You'll love how easy it is to get even the complicated looking stitches. Can I join your color club? I know just what you mean about the color in wool, it's hypnotizing and I have to stay out of that area of the craft store or I'll be going home with a barrel full of every color in the rainbow. And then there's rainbow wool... ehehehe. So glad you're having fun. Oh, and I still get tangled in the new balls, it never works out for me either.

mandysea said...

ahahahah! I've done nothing but giggle as I read through your journey of homecrafting attempts! But- you GOT there!! And I reckon your crochet achievement is looking pretty fabulous - AND colourful! Plus the added bonus of being able to draw awesomely the product of your toil!!! Again, blown away!

Rita said...

I learned to knit, but could never knit to size. Too tight. My grandmothers, mother, and sister could crochet but I could never get the hang of it, Yarn can become an addiction--watch out! LOL! But a person certainly could have a worse addiction. ;)

Giggles said...

Oh good for you! I have been an avid crocheter over the years but avoid it now with my hands falling asleep too much when I attempt something as simple as a scarf! I have made my own patterns, never written down of course. It's great fun and your stitch looks pretty good, consistent and tight! Great colours too! Enjoy...its relaxing. I can't wrap my head around it in a 33 Celsius Temps right now though!

Hugs Giggles

Valerie-Jael said...

That yarn looks great! Nice work, happy PPF, Valerie

Pallavi Iyer said...

Crochet is scary,so I am super impressed that you are now competent enough to make blankets.Dodgy as they may be.:-).You are now officially a croche-teer/Crochetina,Queen of Crochet-ing?Wonderful illustrations.Happy PPF.

sirkkis said...

Very nice works!

Christine said...

very nice work!

Ayala Art said...

Thanks for the chuckle lol ...wonderful illustrations, full of life :o)

Mascha said...

Uff... in school, by handcrafting always were a big giggling over me and the teacher - - -
Today I like knitting in my own kind, but the result is very irregular and wrong - well, that's art ;-)
Your work is very nice and regular and I'm agree with you: the joy about the colors is the reason, anything to do.
(Sorry, I'm only a beginner in English and cannot say all)
Have a nice weekend

Neesie said...

What a laugh Trace, a brilliant way to start my day... thank you,
Like my art I'm too tight with crocheting. I need to learn to be slack!!! Oh now that didn't come out as I intended. When I tried to revisit my Grandmother's lessons just last year (thinking it'd be like riding a bike and come right back to me after over 20 years) I found I kept going round and round getting a frilly edge which just got frillier and frillier! Considering I wanted to make two rounds which could be joined and along with a handle would have been a very stylish peg bag. Even the talk of the neighbourhood perhaps... but the reality is I had the battle stuffing the unfinished circle into a drawer which proved quite a task with all those frills!
Gorgeous wool paintings and what beautiful colours. No wonder you're hooked! Enjoy đŸ˜‰

Sandy said...

ROFL at you getting so tangled with the yarn you had to get help.. How could you not stare in awe at those colours.. I am in love too and so want those bright colours to do some crochet too.. I learnt how to crochet when I was in Primary school and have been on and off with it ever since. I always seem to have something on the go though. Have fun with it I love what you have done so far..
Happy PPF
Sandy :)

Nic McLean said...

good for you - I love those yarn ball illustrations, I've been threatening to learn to crochet since making it a new years resolution at the start of 2014 - I got the crochet for dummies book, the craftsy online crochet course and ordered crochet hooks from Amazon. they never turned up and I never got round to learning to crochet. like you, it's the colours - I so want to be able to make a blanket of many colours!

Clare Lloyd said...

...lol! Fab thread. Happy PPF

Laila said...

You're so much fun, I'm still giggling. Crocheting is the most wonderful thing, and the tool list the shortest one can ever wish for. Hook yarn go, easy as that.
There is a fellow Aussie, Renate Kirkpatrick, who has written a book called Freeform Crochet and beyond, I'm sure you would like to play with her. ISBN 9781 8635 13852 check it out.

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

Hi Tracy, I sit here almost laughing
to tears, you sound so very much like
me :D I can't do knitting as well, so
IF I do anything with wool, it's
crocheting, and that with thick wool,
so I'm done fast :)).
Love the colours of the balls you've
painted and the ones you used in your
needlework :))By the way, what did
you make?

Have a wonderful weekend!
Tinna ✐

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Such scrummy colors to play with, how lovely, like watercolors in yarn. I am a hopelessly failed knitter and crochet person too. Sewing, getting a bit more adventurous. Good for you. xox

Susan said...

I understand! I am a knitter, not a good one, just a knitter. I knit my way through baseball season, football season and then I rest. Hadn't ever thought about sketching my yarn, or perhaps my incomplete knitting projects or the yarn stash under the bed. Loved your post!

Snap said...

Welcome to the Crochet club! I love it. Much easier on the hands than knitting, too. (I do knit on occasion.) And, the yarn and wrappers give you something else to paint!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I am impressed! I am also glad to hear that your family is encouraging your new passion to make beautiful blankets. Blessings, my bloggy friend!

Faye said...

Needlework is NOT my passion either. The finished products at the end of your post look very beautifully done. I've never been able to master either knitting or crocheting although I know how to do both. Your paintings are gorgeous, Trace.

TwinkleToes2day said...

Whooop! You're a hooker!! Lol LOVE your yarn (wool) paintings; the colours are lush!! :D If that's your work in the last photo - WOW! Nicely done that woman! You're a quick learner that's for sure. Looking forward to seeing more.
Have a fab weekend Tracey :D xxx

alarmcat said...

I always wanted to learn how to crochet. Or knit. I can knit but only square things (pot holders) or long things (scarves). Nothing like sweaters or socks or hats. Maybe someday.

I love your bright colors here! just beautiful :)

Carol said...

I'm giggling and laughing to the point of tears here!!! I love to crochet.... it's more than an addiction if that is possible and I am a yarn hoarder!!! I am not ashamed to admit it either :) I crochet frantically all winter long while dreaming of summer fun and flowers. Keep "HOOKING" and you'll be making awesome things soon :)

Studio Kaufmann said...

I have a lot of hobbies but they burn out fast. I crocheted those little animals like a fiend for a couple of years and still do if its cold. Sold a lot of them at craft fairs. But doing the same animal isn't really interesting! Good luck with your crocheting and maybe soon you'll crochet a teacup. Happy PPF

Linda Kunsman said...

I would love to have been in that class with you Trace:):) I am familiar with this yarn and am able to do some crocheting-which I find much less difficult than knitting for sure! So many things you can make as I expect you will try too! Brilliant illustrations of the skeins!!

laurie said...

well I think you're doing wonderful, the colors are beautiful and for me its the journey not the destination anyway, I still crochet even though Im blind as a bat, its the rythmn of it I love, my work has holes and slipped stitches , but I still love it, and your painting is beautiful as well! you always make my day!

Melisa said...

I knit & crochet. Just wait til you discover hand dyed yarns like Malabrigo. The colors will make you swoon. Have you joined Ravelry? TONS of patterns there and a great place to keep your project notes. I'm gottamake there. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/gottamake

Melisa - toadinaboat.com

Sandra Busby said...

I wish I could do something so clever - but anything involving any type of thread and something pointy is a no go for me. I can't even sew a button on! Am useless! So I reckon Crochet sounds far too complicated for a needle phobic like me. I love your paintings though... and did you make that thingy?? If you did then I am fried fish fingers IMPRESSED!!!!!!! :0)