For years I have wanted to be able to knit or crochet, I am a lefty and have been told time and time again “its really difficult for left handed people”. Well usually I start and get really frustrated, I threw the knitting needles or crochet hook over the room swiftly follow by the ball of wall.
Since we moved to Norway, I struggled to unpack my craft room and get started up, but I was stomping around the house wanting to do something crafty, also, the nights were really dark and I have just had vari-focal glasses fitted, I also wanted something that I would actually start and finish, as I have a habit of not finishing projects.
So I had a good go at teaching myself knitting and I have to say I am not through with it yet, but I really do not understand how to knit and keep the tension. My mum is not a knitter, however my Nanna was a knitter, she was a fantastic knitter, she knitted soft baby blankets, jumpers and wool hats. She knitted me 3 jumpers, one with Mickey Mouse, one of my little ponies, with a really complicated backspace and pony tails and a scarecrow jumper, as well as the cuddly scarecrow.
No one in my family has been a crocheter, so I brought some wool and some hooks, found loads of great tutorials on you tube and set about teaching myself crochet and granny squares. Again, frustration was getting the better of me from wrapping the wool around my right hand and trying to co-ordinate the hook. Here in Norway they love knitting and crochet and there are some amazing supply shops, so I was sat in the doctors waiting room and a lady was sat opposite me, she pulls out her crochet and starts. I sat there watching her, completely in a trance watching her hook the wool and pull it through, wrapping it around her hand…and the penny finally dropped, I could not believe it was so simple. I felt really silly…..
So that evening, I went home, got my wool, hook and iPad out and sat and crocheted my first granny square, I was so excited and happy, except one thing, it looked more like an elephant rather than a square. Not defeated the next night I tried again and actually made a square.
With my typical style and always wanting to run before I can jog and not satisfied having made only one square, I went to Himla Fint As, at Eiker Sentret purchased loads of wool, they have fantastic supplies. For this project, I simply need 2 shades of red and 1 shade of green.
I purchased Dale Cotinga, Dark Red (4454), Bright Red (4036) and Green (8255), picked up my 5 mm crochet hook and set about crocheting a strawberry with a leaf. Mainly inspired by the fact I love strawberries, they are in abundance in the supermarket and I love the smell of them, which reminds me of when I was young, picking strawberries with a little summer basket in hand, but eating more than putting them in the basket.
I have used the tutorial from The Crochet Crowd. I found the tutorial simple and easy to follow, resulting strawberry completed in an evening. The pattern is basically a grannie square but in the shape of triangle, completed using double crochet stitch, the leaf was abit more completed and used a mixture of single, double and triple crochet. For me the two massive achievements were, firstly completing a project and secondly, having taught myself to crochet in under a week, to follow a tutorial with the end result looking like a strawberry and not an elephant.