Self sustainability has been something I’ve thought about ever since I graduated from college. I’m not really sure what brought it on but somehow working a dead-end seasonal job after college helped me to make the decision.
I spent that summer after college graduation sitting in a little toll booth dishing out beach passes to town residents. But as with every summer before that, once the rush was over, I was stuck sitting around twiddling my thumbs. There were only so many hours a day I could sit reading a book or watching the geese walk by.
So I decided to learn how to crochet, with the belief that I’d be knocking out blankets and shirts and all kinds of crazy things by the end of summer. I started out with a “learn how to crochet” book, some of my mothers leftover yarn, and a package of various sized crochet hooks. Reading that book was like reading Chinese and I quickly switched over to a wonderful thing called YouTube.
Day in and day out I watched videos on YouTube explaining the basics of chains, double crochets and slip stitches. The great thing about YouTube is the ability to stop and replay the same part of a video over and over again without the instructor getting aggravated.
I can proudly say that during the summer of 2010 I taught myself to crochet by watching YouTube videos. I may have only ended up with some uneven hats and coasters but I did it! I’ve been crocheting ever since and try to learn a new stitch or pattern every time I make something.
It may not seem like much but I now have a skill that I can use for the rest of my life. A skill that allows me to make basic winter necessities such as hats, scarves and socks. I can crochet blankets, coasters, pot holders and Christmas ornaments. Maybe one day I’ll make a sweater or a purse, or even learn how to spin my own yarn. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re interested in learning how to crochet and but don’t know someone who can teach you in person, I highly recommend videos by Crochet Geek and The Crochet Crowd. Their crochet videos are easy to understand and they have numerous projects to pick from.
If you already know the basics of crocheting, I hope you find my patterns as fun and useful as I do.
Do you have a great crochet pattern you’d like to share? Post it in the comments! I’d love to try them out!