Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Holy Crochet Batman!
Anyway, I didn't know didly about crochet. The thinnest gauge wire I had was a 24 and I had no hooks. As with most things, I threw myself into the idea and went on the search for some supplies. I went to JoAnn's fabrics thinking they would have some hooks. They did, but mostly plastic and one very tiny crochet hook. I think the smallest they make! Did I tell you I liked to challenge myself?! I tried to use one of the plastic hooks with the 24 gauge wire and broke the tip off of it. I then tried the smaller metal hook I'd gotten and it was just too tiny to hold the wire. The learning curve is steep sometimes.
I finally found some 32 gauge wire thinking the smallest wire would be the easiest to practice on. While it was much easier than the 24, it is very frail. I was able to make some very delicate rings, though nothing like the ring I'd originally seen that set me off on this quest.
I decided to put the hook away over the holidays as I was a bit frustrated with my efforts. In the meantime, I ordered some 28 gauge wire. It arrived about a week ago and has been staring at me ever since. So last night I finally pulled it out and started playing with it and as if by magic, it became almost effortless! The wire was so easy to work with and it didn't get kinked up because I figured out how to keep it on the spool and voila! I made 4 pieces, the last of which was the bracelet featured above. I'm sure I'd have made some more, as I was on a roll, but it was 3 am and being a homeschooling mom, school won't go on without me.
So this is my first big piece with crochet and it turned out great! I also made some birds nest earrings that someone has already got their eye on. I think I've gotten over the first hurdle now. Onwards and upwards!! Wheeeeeeeeee!!!