My work in progress is slow going; not much done since last week. It’s a finicky pattern which is not engraving itself on my brain. It’s not easy enough to crack away at without fear of going wrong but it’s not so hard that I shouldn’t just be able to subsume it into my crochet know how. I don’t know about you but the late night crocheting sessions are doing my hooking no good.
I think I’m going to take a little break from it this evening to crochet a business card holder. Random I know but my cards are getting dog-eared floating around my bag. I’m going to design it to match my iPad cosy.
This week I have also received two batches of wool that I bought on eBay. It was only when I received them that i realised it looks like I’m going to crochet a tricolour! I got a lovely apple green which I am planning to use to crochet a top from the Rowan Summer crochet brochure that I picked up in Springwools recently.
After recently finishing a six week course in crochet in Springwools in Walkinstown I’ve been crocheting away like a crazy lady. While I could already crochet the course really helped me improve and understand techniques. And like many courses it really improved my confidence so that Himslef actually asked me yesterday was I planning to crochet christmas presents for everyone. I’d be hard pushed to crochet an iPhone for my bro….
Here are some of the items I have crocheted recently.
Well I am a bit crotchety to discover that I missed a workshop on hyperbolic crochet last Saturday with Margaret Wertheim who I have written about before. However I was delighted to see that she is coming back on March 12th 2010 to talk at Tedx Dublin 3. Aaaarrrgggghhh. It is highly unlikely that I will be in any fit state to appear in public by March 12th. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that I could still be pregnant by then. For those of you who can make it have your fingers at the ready: tickets are available from March 1st and usually sell like hotcakes. Dammit!
I have been writing about this hyperbolic modelling using crochet since 2008 (I still haven’t created any myself. Ah life!) and like a reef it seems to have taken on a life of its own. The Sydney project are using it to draw attention to the plight of their own great barrier reef but to me it is a metaphor not only for endangered habitats and species but endangered skills and knowledge. I read a blog post recently by a crocheter I follow about who taught you to crochet. I have no recollection about how I learnt how to crochet. I think I learnt from some craft books we had at home when I was growing up. I’m not very good at it to be honest and haven’t completed a project since secondary school except for a hat here or there. Maybe the internet can save endangered skills like these? I know I get a lot of inspiration from blogs I read and find via my Google Alerts and there is certainly no shortage of instruction on sites like VideoJug. I even picked up an app for my iPhone! (this link will open iTunes).