Despite finishing my final duck, despite having earmarked several patterns as potential next projects and, despite loving crochet, I stepped into this week having started nothing new.
The main reason, I figured, was that at the end of a long day it’s much easier to pick up something I don’t have to pay much attention to – i.e. knitting – than something I do. Since
I rarely sneak knitting I’m far too busy to knit or crochet in the day , I knew I needed to carve out some quality time to get my head around my next crochet project.
I also knew, that I was feeling a little apprehensive about getting the start right, that my technique needs improvement, and I had several questions – like Does the first chain on a chain count as the first chain?
It didn’t take me long to figure it was time for a visit to Super-Donna at Rocking Beads.
So yesterday afternoon I went for a second crochet lesson. Not only did this, unsurprisingly, confirm I needed more guidance, the yarn I’ve chosen is the slightly fuzzy King Cole Riot DK. Reworking the start, to get it right, makes it even more fuzzy, so, after a short while, Donna suggested I work a few rows first in a smoother yarn.
I then returned to the King Cole Riot and off I went…
It might not be perfect, but HURRAH! I’m off the starting blocks and I’ve vowed to do at least an hour each evening, unless we’re out or have visitors. Once more Donna’s 1-2-1 lesson was really helpful, great fun and, at £15 for two hours was excellent value for money, – even better value since I strayed slightly over two hours – oops!
One question I’ve got for you crocheters out there is… The sides are sloping upward – they do on the pattern but not as steep. l think this is because my tension is rather too tight – after all the mantra Donna sent me home with was, ‘Looser tension!’ Am I right? Or is there another explanation?
Also can I get away with the steepness – or do something (in the boarder?) to improve it after? The aforementioned fuzziness makes it a mare to pull back, so I don’t want to do that.
Have a fab weekend everyone!
PS The pattern is Eva’s Shawl.