Knitting has never come easily to me. I know my basics, but just enough to be frustrated enough to spit. Believe it or not, cursing and swearing never helped. Aside from the year I gave some basic scarves out as Christmas gifts the most intricate knitted item I made was this Milo sweater vest for Poppy. It shaved years off my life I am sure, but I finished it and it will fit her and Silas for many more seasons to come.
I never took up crocheting beyond a wee lesson on a friends front porch mainly because I didn’t want to confuse myself and have one more frustrating “hobby”. It began a couple weeks ago with the crochet rug I keep mentioning (I promise to it to you once I am done). It was so simple, I thought perhaps I should try another simple pattern. I thought slippers would be a great second project (link to pattern is number six in last week’s fawned friday).
They were a quick project and I was even able to do it with two kids crawling and pawing at me which is the only way I get to work these days it seems. Crocheting is quick, simple, satisfying, and easy to correct; all perfect criteria for this season on my life. We have a lovely yarn store, but I just used some super saver acrylic yarn which I am sure is a faux pas in these parts. I don’t have the best track record and didn’t want to buy the prettyful stuff only to leave it sitting unused, or unraveled by the kids yet again. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I look at yarn and patterns and can get overwhelmed if left unchecked.
If you’re a beginner, I would suggest the best place to look for help is on YouTube, specifically Knit Witch. Take it one stitch, one abbreviation, one round or row at a time.
Poppy loves her new slippers and wore the first one around the house as I worked on the second one. Every once in a while she would come check in on my progress and if she found I had put it down she would tell me to “Make a Poppy a shoe, please”. Now I need to make a pair for Silas and me, but I am confident enough now to venture into the pretty wool for future projects (and likely many more slippers)
Feel free to share a link to your favourite patterns or Ravelry links in the comments!
go gently + be wonderful