Where did it all begin? Let me tell you…
I picked up the hobby of crocheting just shy of two years ago. I now have one room in my new home dedicated to nothing but YARN. Why so much? Because like every “maker” out there you see a pattern you just know you will start working on as soon as you finish your current project, or it was on sale, or the color/texture was so unique you couldn’t pass it up, etc. etc. Do these reasons sound familiar to anyone else?
The first purchase.
A very talented maker/knitter who operates a successful blog (www.simplymaggie.com) did a video on how to arm knit a blanket. Well I was completely sold on this project, so I grabbed my credit card and ordered approximately $80 of the yarn she recommended and waited (not so patiently) for it to arrive. Once it did arrive I couldn’t wait to start. After watching the video several times I got the hang of it and away I went arm knitting this blanket. Unfortunately, I think my arms are larger than hers and my blanket looked like a large fish net that had no shape whatsoever. I was so disappointed that I unraveled all of it (I think about 6 skeins if memory serves me correctly) and I did it again. Unfortunately, it turned out the same way. I was determined to create something wonderful, so I decided to try one of the arm knit scarves. Now the scarves required a different type of yarn than the blankets, so I wrote down exactly what she recommend and off to Michaels I went. Now the $80 is yarn for the blanket was sitting in the corner looking like a net and not something I was going to use or gift to someone else. But that was OK, because like any true “maker” you know you will find a use for it “some day”. So there is no guilt in going to buy more. And just like that I began a yarn stash.
“Life created one stitch at a time.” ~ Taylor O’Shea, author of Autumn & Embers