Crochet confession : I have made two blankets since Christmas and I have plans for (at least) one more, I follow several (ok, a lot) of crochet blogs and
occasionally frequently most nights dream of crochet patterns. I am an addict, and frankly I don’t care. After spending many many hours making little squares, I have a few thoughts to share
1. I hate ends: I will sew them in carefully and dutifully, but if there is anything I can do to avoid them, I will. Hence the single coloured throws I have in mind and the amount of time I spend scrutinising blogs and YouTube videos for tricks to avoid them. None of them work, and one of these ‘tricks’ resulted in a square nearly becoming unravelled as I was sewing it to a cushion pad. That is no ‘trick’ or ‘timesaver’ – that, my friends, is a disaster waiting to happen.
2. I am not a great fan the brand of acrylic yarn that features in a well-known blog (or two) and makes a big deal of its range of colours: I have no arguments with good quality acrylic yarn and I can see its value for bringing crochet projects in at a sensible budget, and I stock some that is (in my humble opinion) a very good, reliable acrylic/wool mix. However I still maintain that if you have the cash, and love a project enough to spend a great deal of time on it, it’s worth investing in wool, a good wool mix or a good quality cotton yarn. The finished product will have the weight, warmth and a heirloom quality that anything made with a cheap but Famous Acrylic doesn’t have. Sorry to its fans but there you are.
3. Crochet blankets, cushions, coasters, bags – yes yes yes! Crochet clothes? Nope. Every time I look at a photo of a crochet cardigan I see the coral pink dress that my mum made for me when I was little and the various other fashion crimes in the 70’s. Knitting for clothes, crochet for blankies. Sorry Mum.
4. Mix it up: I don’t think I’m ever going to give up knitting in favour of crochet, but equally I recognize that my ‘crochet, no thanks’ stance wasn’t ‘cool’. My hands (which are being bent by arthritis) benefit from mixing a diet of crochet and knitting and, frankly, my (over-stuffed with knitted things) wardrobe is benefiting too.
There just remains one question – what do you do with all those blankets?