My grandma taught me to crochet way back when I was a kid - I was probably about 12 or 13 years old I guess. I made a big crocheted blanket that I just kept adding to with any odd balls of every colour of the rainbow wool I could get my hands on. I didn't really have a plan as to how big I wanted it..I just kept crocheting away and adding to it whenever I had a chance.
I still have that rug and knew it was tucked away in our linen cupboard - rarely looked at so I dragged it out today as I have a new interest in crochet and I was keen to have a look at the rug again all these years later!
Surprisingly it is in such great condition! Years later! And I was impressed with my 13 year old self for managing to make something like that at a young age!!
I've tried. Oh, how I have tried. And I've been frustrated and given up quickly.
But determined to learn, and a chance walk down the wool aisle in Spotlight yesterday, I came home with new enthusiasm, three balls of wool and a wonderful step by step tutorial on the Attic24 blog (thanks Janelle for the link). I dug out the old crochet hook and set to work.
And I did it!
Oh my first few efforts were pretty pathetic. The flowers were wonky, wrong and downright ugly.
But I perservered and eventually I made a half decent flower.
And a couple more.
They are still far from perfect but I was happy :-) and content.