I was a knitting snob.
Phew! I feel so much better now. Not sure what I mean by a "knitting snob"? Well, let me explain.
Until two days ago There was a time in my life where I used to believe that knitting was the superior craft between knitting and crocheting. I thought it was more chic, more complicated, more enjoyable, just all around the better of the two. Little did I know all the possibilities of knitting were also held in crocheting. The truth is, I might have known, but I was simply too ignorant and stubborn to admit it fully. Crocheting was my mother's craft, more specifically blanket crocheting, and I wasn't interested in crocheting blankets. My mother did teach me how to crochet when I was younger, but I didn't have the patience to sit through making an entire blanket. Then I went to Hungary as an exchange student and learned how to knit. I LOVED knitting. It held my attention much better than crocheting did and I was able to work on projects for longer periods of time. Or maybe it was just the forced solitude a language barrier presents you with. Nevertheless knitting became my yarn weapon of choice. I made scarves for myself and friends and soon after having Bug I knitted a rabbit softie for her. If I wanted something made out of yarn then I would knit it. Crocheting had never entered my mind because like I said above it was below me. Shameful, I know.
So what changed me from a knitting snob to a crocheting floozy? Well, I had been seeing so many crocheting projects all over blogland that were, simply put, ADORABLE! I wanted to make them, but still couldn't bring myself to drop my knitting snob attitude towards crocheting. Then finally it came. I was inspired to teach my students how to crochet so that we can make newborn hats for the local hospitals. I had read an article on the increase and help knitting provided students with ADD while being read to and thought if it worked for knitting it, then it should with crocheting too. (NOTE: I chose crocheting because crochet needles are less dangerous than knitting needles in the hands of well-meant-but-often-foolish teenagers) This meant that I would have to learn how to crochet again. I read some how-to articles online, watched some videos, and began playing around.
Once I felt I had the basic stitches down I mustered up the confidence to try my first project: the Best Little Girl Cloche from Aesthetic Nest. Although mine didn't come out EXACTLY as it should have (I crocheted in the back loops instead of the whole stitch and my flower is a bit different from the original) I learned a lot while making it and actually had A LOT of fun doing it. Maybe A LOT of fun is an understatement since as soon as I had finished the cloche I was searching online for some more adorable patterns to crochet up. Yes, I did it. I broke away and became addicted. Maybe I was a knitting snob because my self conscious knew I would become addicted so fast and hard for crocheting that it made me believe it was below me as a way of protecting me.
Let me show you my first two projects:
Again.. I should learn to wait until after I've washed her face off before asking her to model...I kind of think the yogurt mustache adds to the look of it all.
I realize this one is too dark, but I love the silhouette look.
Now onto project two. This hat I planned on making for Bug too and used this pattern from Vallieskids. I love the subtle butterfly and the overall simplicity of the design.
For a young and playful look
It's not really off centered. I think it moved a little because I was moving it all over on my head trying to find where I wanted to wear it.
I already have my next projects in mind. I'm thinking a slouchy hat for me, mary jane slippers for Bug and I, a hat for the Hubba-Bub (with ear flaps of course), and maybe even a hooded sweater for Bug. See, I told you! Addicted.
p.s. for all my fellow knitting snobs- don't worry knitting is still my first true love. I think I might still be in the endorphin stage with this crochet thing.