Answer: How long is it? Although, you’re more likely to receive a definitive answer about its thickness than about its length.
I began my crochet journey with normal, standard, double-knit yarns and 4-5mm crochet hooks. Since then, I’ve played with Chunky yarns, and 6-7mm hooks, and 4-ply sock wool, with 2mm hooks.
As you can see, I currently have two crochet projects on the go – one in the 4-ply, and one in the Chunky.
My preference, I have decided (and it wasn’t a difficult decision, I’ll be honest), is for the thicker yarns. I find them easier for counting and for hooking through the stitches and for generally crocheting.
Titchy-witchy 4-ply wool and attendant dinky hook – frankly, just too fiddly for words. There’s probably an art to it which I simply haven’t worked out yet. Or you need thinner, more elegant fingers than I have. Especially when it comes to making the limbs of these monsters. I’m a bit further along than this photo suggests, having completed the body of the 4-ply monster, but I’ve been having trouble with the first limb. It’s the 12 stitch tube for the arm. I keep adding extra stitches as I go around. (Fingers crossed I’ve finally worked it out – but it has taken me about half a dozen false starts!)
I don’t have these problems with the thicker yarns. Okay, I probably have the adding in extra stitches one, (but don’t we all?) but it’s much easier to find the extra stitch and head back to remove it.
P.S. – I’ve decided that my craft weeks will likely be just the one post, and that I really rather like writing about chocolate, so I’ll probably talk about that more than just for one week a month. Probably Life will become somewhat more chocolatey. This is a good thing, I feel.
The wonderful thing about Edward’s Imaginarium is the vast number of potential projects. Of course, the fact that the most difficult stitch is a double doesn’t hurt.
Currently I have two different monsters on the go. One’s being done in a multi coloured 4 ply sock wool, which actually is at least partly wool, and the other is a much larger acrylic yarn.
It’s taken me a while to get used to such tiny stitching with the 4 ply wool and 2mm hook. I’m still not sure how much I like it. Normally not much. I prefer the chunkier yarn, especially when I’m counting to 54 for the round…Easier on the eyes as well.
It’s been a stressful time, the last few weeks, not least because of moving several hundred miles. I read somewhere that moving house can be one of the most stressful things a person can do.
Fortunately the rhythm and relative simplicity of crochet – and the counting – makes it wonderfully soothing to troubled minds. Or at least for mine.
And I was given a copy of Edward’s Imaginarium as a belated Christmas present. You know small children’s flip books where you mix and match body parts? Like that, with crochet patterns so you can mix and match your own monsters. I’ve had it on my wishlist since I found it…
Which means I’m being busy making my Worry Monsters. Like those worry dolls who take away your worries.
And because this isn’t for a child, I feel comfortable using buttons for eyes. I just have to choose which of my collection to use…
D’you know, it took me three or four attempts to get the ears right.
I think he looks a little less wonky in his picture. Maybe he just looks quizzical. I’ve never been very good at stitching faces on toys.
I’m quite pleased with Alexandre. For my first attempt, not bad, I think.
Yay – I’ve worked out how to read a crochet pattern.
The only reason I’m starting with the Alexandre pattern is because I’m using blue yarn. Might be using slightly too big a hook but never mind.
Now to work on the head, ears and tail…
Now that Christmas has been and gone, it’s time to look over the spoils and gather our strength for 2017.
It was a busy time, Christmas. I was busy with my brightly coloured blanket (still not finished) and I keep having to get more yarn for it. So in between times, I started another blanket. A smaller one, it’s true, with wool I’ve had for longer than I care to remember, destined for a baby due shortly.
I’m very pleased with how it turned out, especially since there was a certain amount of using up wool involved. Gives me hope for my blanket… Except I was given a copy of Edward’s Menagerie for Christmas so I have lots of new patterns to try. Once I’ve worked out how to read patterns…
In these dark and dismal days of winter, it’s nice to think of brighter things – of sunshine and daisies and warm summer days.
But until we get there, I’m making this brightly coloured granny square blanket to snuggle under. I just couldn’t resist the wool when I saw it in Hobbycraft..
It might take me a while – and a lot of wool! – but I’m finding it very therapeutic for an anxious mind, all these trebles and sets of three. Nothing complicated and I can nip along a line quite quickly.
For the interested, the yarn is by James C. Brett, called Party Time, shade PT4, and I’m using a 6.5mm hook. Oh, and it’s 100% acrylic.