I may not have had the chance to post anything here all of June, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Sometimes crafting and blogging don’t go at the same pace and I end up doing more of one than the other.
I have been busy collecting crochet hooks, mostly from the dollar store, of all places! It’s the same ones being sold in the craft stores, and I’ve been lucky that my store has a stock. I had decided to stick with the G but I’ve lost two so far, and the store is all out. I will probably have to just swallow the full cost and get it from one of the stores in the city, if not my always reliable Michael’s. I don’t know why but hearing the metallic hooks jingling in my pencil case cum crochet hook case is just music to my ears.
My yarn stash has also been growing, mostly in shades of pink. (And then some..). One of these days, I will show you where I get my yarn here in Manhattan and you’ll see the varied offerings. I have also gone up to my attic to dig through my yarn box which I had pulled together mostly to knit into scarves.
I continue to experiment with new stitches and the more complicated ones are proving to be a challenge. But I am enjoying learning them and trying to get better at doing them. With everything that I’ve managed to stitch up so far, I haven’t quite decided yet what I am making first — a scarf, a pull over or a hat. Decisions, decisions!
I’m thinking there’s still plenty of time before fall when I expect I would get to use all these things eventually. And then there’s the trip to Manila where threads the threads are a whole lot cheaper than here. While the variety in yarns is lacking (the ones we have here are more colorful and artsy), the cotton threads available there are hard to find here at the same price. I grew up with the cotton threads that became those fancy adornments in houses of old. Now if only they didn’t weigh so much!
I like the way the hook pulls the thread and weaves each stitch and gets you into a certain rhythm that can be hypnotic sometimes. It can be very relaxing once you know what it is you want to create.
I’ve started a Pinterest board for Crochet inspirations, and another for Crochet by me. It helps me to be able to see others who have created these fabulous pieces, be they just bits of freeform crochet or swathes of intricate stitches that make an elegant stole or shrug. There is inspiration aplenty. Dreamy!