When I was about 12 years old, my grandma handed over a crochet hook and a skein of yarn. I can't remember if that happened because I got curious and asked her to teach me, or if it was the other way around. Though it doesn't make that much of a difference. What matters is that she taught me an art that today I value a lot, and it challenges me in each piece I'm eager to learn and make.
During that age when my grandma taught me, I was lost the interest and patience, leading me to put this hobby aside for years and years. It was during my masters that I regained interest and got back to it in full. I became a self-taught crochet addict and I kept and I still keep learning through magazines, the endlessly resourceful internet and books.
We have to keep in mind that you don't learn to crochet overnight, you need patience to do, undo, redo and repeat as many times needed. There's on other way to learn and improve, until you reach the final result you've been anxiously waiting for.
Besides that, you have to consider the famous gauge, the pressure you put on the yarn to tighten or loose the stitch. This is how you control the elasticity of the work/project. (There are other ways to work on this particular detail, but I'll leave it to another post I'll be exploring).
Oh well, there are numerous elements to take inconsideration depending on the project you'll be creating, but you get more freestyle like I was in the beginning, this makes us question techniques and perfect them with practice.
For example, when I got back to crocheting, I didn't even realize that I was making the famous amigurumi - Japanese name given to crochet toys, mainly made with the spiral technique, instead of rows.
Why did I come back to crochet in this stage of my life? I'll tell you why...
During the 2 year master degree I was doing, I'd spend hours in a row sitting in front of the computer. If you know the concept of the 3D animation world, you also know that it's hugely tome consuming and making a short-film in one school year is insane. So I needed to do something else that would allow me to take a break from screens - and my eyes appreciated so much! -. And it all started here!
I started by training my hands and the gauge, practiced rows after rows to ensure that all the stitches looked the same size and the rows looked consistent and perfect. No bumps allowed here. And when I had more time to work on this, I'd adventure myself and experiment patterns from books.
Gradually, crochet became more than that simple hobby I described above. There's more to it:
relaxes, inspires, stimulates creativity, it's a way to make my spare time productive at the same time, and who knows it may turn into a source of income.
I'm taking my time on this last one, as I'm pondering it calmly and patiently.
I haven't defined my own style, I consider myself in a continuous stage of experimentation where I'm constantly testing new techniques, creating my own projects and testing materials. I think that at some point I'll find my way and create my own line of handmade goods.
Until then, you can keep following my progression here in the blog, as I challenge or inspire you to start/test crocheting too!