Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Crochet? How Did This Happen?!?

Yes, crochet. Over the past year or so I've found myself drawn to certain crocheted objets, like this one, and these...(Go on, click on the links and gaze on the loveliness. You know you want to. I'll still be here when you're done and you've wiped the drool off your face...)

After months of gazing at other people's projects -- and finishing a few of my own! -- I finally gave in to my lifelong obsession with teeny-tiny things. And pulled out the crochet thread. Honestly, these little hooks are the cutest things ever! When I'm done making 34 of these hexagons (the one above is on round 5 of 7), I'll join them together to make the green scarf on the cover of this book:

That was yesterday.

Today, I was listening to a podcast when suddenly I was seized by the need to crochet a large hexagon-shaped bath mat. There, in front of me, was my bag of kitchen cotton yarns, along with two natural-colored cones of the same yarn.

So I reached out and grabbed my 8mm crochet hook and, holding two strands together, cast on for this:

It's the same hexagon pattern I'm using for my "Sexagons" sock-yarn afghan (if you're a Ravelry member, you can see it on my projects page).

Note: I'm enjoying the irony of these projects' extreme natures: from thread crochet with a micro-hook to a chunky big rug. Good for the hands, though! Thread crochet is a finger killer.

Well, there you have it. I'm flirting with two loves right now: knitting and crochet. (Actually, three, if you count spinning, which I definitely do).

I'll post more photos later this week. I've been working on knitting projects, making progress on my Lace Ribbons scarf and on my two-socks-on-one-circular-needle adventure. Plus, I have some knitting (and crochet!) patterns in the works, which should be available soon.

For now, though, take a few moments (or hours) to knit or crochet -- outside, if you can -- and enjoy a little creative quiet time :-)



leah said...

I like the way the hexagon looks with you holding both strands! Nice work! I have found my hands get quite used to the thread crochet after a little while!

amanda j said...

Ooh, are you miniature obsessed? I love miniatures.

I think I will have to make some sexagons. I have been all about squares, but obviously sexagons would be much better. What size hook are you using?