Firstly…I hope everyone had an absolutely wonderful Christmas and is looking forward to the New Year. I was very lucky this year and was gifted some really awesome light up crochet hooks! (I’m sure you would have seen them around the internet somewhere) They are incredibly bright and I can’t wait to use them. I know right…it is shocking that I haven’t used them as of yet…but I shall tell you for why. Especially seeing as though this is what has inspired this blog post!
Christmas is a time of spending with family and it just so happens that the in-laws live several hours from us, which means that we have been staying with them for a good couple of days over the Christmas period. Foolishly, I did not pack ANY hooks or ANY yarn for the stay. Thus…we had to find the nearest Hobbycraft and obtain some crochet kits in order to satisfy the overwhelming need to crochet.
I found this cute little crochet kit that included everything necessary to make the owl.
Firstly, I did not really care for the hook provided. This is probably due to the fact that I am very much attached to my own hooks with the comfy grips, whereas the one provided was plastic and very thin. I soon got used to it and was away, hooking to my heart’s content. The pattern itself was well written and I found it easy to follow. Then…I happened upon something I’ve never done before; carrying yarn when changing colour. How I have got to this point without knowing about carrying yarn and eliminating the dreaded ends that need darning at the end of a project…I’ll never know! Anyways…I digress, my mind was blown! So, that made the cute striped wings nice, easy and neat.
It was a really enjoyable project. I also learned all about the crab stitch. Or the reverse double crochet, however you prefer it labelled. This stitch is interesting as it literally works the opposite way to how you’d normally crochet. It makes a rather lovely effect. (You can see this crab stitch in the blue yarn around the eyes)
So there he is! We have called him Winston and I must say I rather love him! I’d definitely recommend this crochet kit to anyone. I would however suggest hooking it with your own hooks so you don’t have to adjust to the little plastic one provided. I have however finished this one rather quickly, and we are still away from home, so I guess there will be another trip to Hobbycraft tomorrow!
Happy Crafting Everyone!
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