Thursday, January 28, 2010

learning


...with the help of some YouTube videos. Thanks, Katie!

I have a beginners crochet how-to book, and I'm sure it is a great book, with lots of diagrams, but it might as well be in Martian. I cannot seem to get a thing from it. I look and I looooook and I read and read over again. And I'm still confused. But I can learn a lot in a short time from Aunt Esther.

Goodness. What did we do before YouTube?

30 comments:

  1. Hi! Just wanted to suggest that you watch the videos on the Crochet School series at http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/. The videos show you step by step how to make a granny square. It's fun!

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  2. You chose such a pretty color yarn to practice with, obviously you will be a master in no time.

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  3. I literally just taught myself how to crochet a couple of weeks ago and now I'm a granny square machine! Keep it up, and like Becky, I too love the colour of the yarn you picked!

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  4. So fun. I love crocheting. Beautiful yarn color choice.

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  5. Have fun! You are going to love crochet. It is easy, can be done while tv watching or traveling. Keeps my "idle hands" out of trouble!

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  6. Paula, I saw that the other day and made myself wait. I'm still trying to master the chain stitch and going back and forth. But I'm exited to try a granny square!

    Thanks, ya'll, about the yarn color. I love that green, but the yarn itself is cheap cheap cheap. Perfect for a beginner. If I can manage to keep going, I was going to try a scarf or a scarflet.

    Jennifer, I can't wait to be in the TV mode. I can't do that yet, because I don't know what I'm doing and have to constantly refer to instructions. But that will come!

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  7. My Grandmother used to teach me how to crochet. Good luck and have fun learning, there are many great things to to... but you are so creative already, so more to look foreward to read here.

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  8. I'm the same way, I need video or face-to-face demonstration to learn anything. That's a beautiful color, excited to see what you make!

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  9. I originally gained my crochet skills from my great grandmother. But since she taught me when I was 12 and I forgot them all I had to relearn my skills and i did it with youtube! your going to love it :)

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  10. Best of luck on the crocheting! My sister tried to teach me this summer when we went camping. I made a chain stitch with her guidance. Feeling confident, I started a chain myself. She looked at it and cracked up. Seems that I had casted onto the crochet hook. My mind had somehow remembered knitting cat blankets when I was 8. I have decided that I will just stick with sewing.

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  11. thanks for the encouragement, ya'll!

    6blessings, I know only too well the mocking laughter of sisters. I have four. All older. Love 'em all. They can be merciless though. My sister Leigh teaching me to make a granny square. Ha. Disaster. My sister Lita teaching me to do step aerobics. I think she even snorted some. This was in front of a class, mind you. Ah. Good times, good times. Don't let it stop you. :-)

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  12. Crochet is wonderful...and I nice complent for people like us that sew... May I suggest a couple of channels in you tube?

    Look for the mikeyssmail channel (he is good and funny) but my favorite is Teresa her channel is tjw1963 she is awesome and she teach for both right and left handed...

    Good Luck and have fun!

    ^A^ngel

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  13. Ah, perfect! I've been able to crochet "cat toys" (just the basic chain) since I was little, but never could figure out how to turn back around. I'm going to practice and then I'm on to this: http://www.wikihow.com/Crochet-a-Yip-Yip-Alien.

    Do you remember the Yip-Yips from Sesame Street? I *need* a blue one :)

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  14. ^A^ngel, thanks for the great links!

    Megan, that Yip Yip is so cute! I can't wait to find out what all I can do with my skillz.

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  15. So glad those links helped out! Aunt Ester made it all so clear for me too :). I'm going to have to check out that link for Granny squares. I'm looking forward to learning to make those. Happy crocheting!

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  16. Ok. That's it. I am now going to buy a hook, some yarn, and try this myself. I was on the fence for some time, but now climbing off to join you all in crochet happiness!

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  17. Yup, only the fortunate few who had a real life Aunt Esther would learn. Even then, out of sight and out of mind. I've relearned to knit and crochet over the years no less than six times and in adulthood it finally stuck.

    That grass green yarn is beautiful.

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  18. When I was learning how to knit I bought "Teach yourself Visually Knitting". It has great pics and descriptions and I'm sure it is the same for crotchet. I am actually going to pick it up for myself soon just to have as a reference guide for those patterns that call for some knitting. You tube is great though-I often type stuff in when I just can't seem to figure it out and then have ah ha moment after watching someone else do it. Keep up the good work!

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  19. I was taught by my sweet Grandma, but since she is no longer here, I struggled to learn new things before finding You Tube videos to help me. Check out www.craftmastery.com - she is the lady I have watched. And she has a cool accent to make it a little more interesting. BTW, I am new to your blog and absolutely love you and your projects. I am so inspired!

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  20. I love crocheting! I learned from my mom as a little girl. But sometimes use the bernat site as a reference for stitches. Their pictures are so clear and they have so many cute free patterns.

    I am trying to teach myself to knit but haven't found a good u-tube video yet...so many of them go so fast. :)

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  21. I love the color you chose to learn with - should make it much more enjoyable. I'm trying to teach myself crochet as well. I can make nice roses, but I can't crochet a square! I taught myself to knit last summer and I can knit/purl like no one's business. Put a crochet hook in my hand and I'm stuck. Be sure to post your progress! And best of luck :)

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  22. haha - I re-learned the art last year via youtube too.. isn't it fab!!

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  23. There is magic in beginning! Good luck and enjoy!

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  24. Crochet is one of those things that I had to do sitting right next to someone and copy their movements. But once you get it, it's so much fun! The Knit and Crochet Today site is pretty good for beginners.

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  25. way to go! it's been a long time since i've picked up any yarn to attempt this craft. can't wait to see your first project!

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  26. You'll love crochet- it is so FUN! I just started learning from a friend a while ago. If a diagram helps you understand patterns check out this website I just found-http://www.mypicot.com/crochet_patterns_flowers_vol01.html- enjoy!!

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  27. I taught myself how to crochet using Coats & Clark's website. They have free video tutorials and how to's that really help and show step by step. I also taught my sister-in-law how to crochet using these videos. Hope they help you too! http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Howtos/Crochet+Made+Easy+-+video+lessons.htm

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  28. This is on my 'goals for 2010' ... learn to crochet. Mostly so I can stop throwing my "crochet wants" at my dear friend. So far she's amused me with not only a fabulous scarf for Christmas but also a sweater for my birthday. Both so beautiful, but I sense my welcome may be wearing out ... so I better get learnin.'

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  29. I think I am about two years too late to be relavent on your pillow post. (It is beautiful though!) If you want a pattern for a solid round one send me the diameter you want and I'll figure out a pattern for you. :)

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  30. Hi, Roberta! How kind. If you mean a round crochet pillow, I'm sorry to say I've never progressed with my crochet skills. I think this post was the last time I practiced it! LOL. It's still a future goal.

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