Monday, January 9, 2012

Embellishing with Crochet

I totally surprised myself...
I would never have guessed I would take up crocheting.
This is the story of how it came to be...
I found a dusty pink crochet-look sweater, and loving the color, classic styling, and under $25.00 price, had to have it.

Later in the day I popped into Michael's to purchase small alphabet stamps for another project swirling in my imagination. Unfortunately they didn't have any BUT I did meet the helpful and talented Diana sitting at the front of the store demoing a little green yarn crochet flower....that she gifted to me, thank you Diana!

On my way back into town I stop at Big Lots for baby oil, cotton balls, and various sundries and spy this ball of yarn in their craft section. I love the color, do not knit or crochet but feel compelled to purchase it! Really it is all of a dollar and upon returning back to the cottage and unpack, happily realize it blends beautifully with the color of my new sweater!

I pilfer through a vintage sewing basket full of odds and ends remembering seeing a crochet hook in it, and much later that evening, while curled up on the sofa in the sitting room watching the latest episode of Downton Abbey, I attempt to mimic what Diana had been demoing. After several attempts on the sleeve I finally find my rhythm, pull out the practice yarn after jotting down the algorithm that seems to work.

Not being familiar with crochet terms yet it is a bit vague but doable and I begin with the sleeves, and then tackle the long shawl collar the next evening.

There are certainly a few glitches as I struggled with the yarn that had 3 different type threads in it, but I am pleased with the overall look and especially love how the scallop edge adds to its femininity.

I highly recommend



  1. WOW! I am impressed! Ironically, I signed up for a Basic Crochet class today at JoAnn's, as well as a Basic Quilting class. One evening for each class. They were 50% off, so I also decided what the heck -- try something new! Unfortunately I lack your obvious talent, but I am hoping that someone can still teach this old dog a new trick or two!

  2. Beautiful! I used to crochet but never anything as pretty as that. The color and pattern are just divine!!

  3. I like anything that is crocheted. I never learned to it and now my eye are not up to it. You look like you are going in the right direction with yours.

  4. You did an amazing job on this sweater! It is so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing at my party. Can't wait to see what you link up next week!

  5. Wow, you are so creative. That is so beautiful:)

    Visiting for Pink Saturday. Here's my share- hope you can stop by:)

  6. WOW!! What a beautiful shawl I can do granny squares! Crochet a blanket but this leaves me standing, well done you .:0)

  7. That is just beautiful. I never got the hang of crocheting, but know a little about knitting. You did a great job and should be so proud of yourself.

  8. How really talented you are to have added this trim! I once learned the double crochet stitch and it was the only stitch I learned to do. I was like the energizer bunny and couldn't stop- consequently, I made really long scarves... LOL
    Came by via Marty's post- I understand you're offering one of your artwork pieces as a prize. How very generous of you! I love your part of SoCal- there is such gorgeous scenery!