Wednesday, December 10, 2014

First Crochet Experience

Day 1

9:30 a.m.  I have to make three totoros for Willow's cousin Francie in three days.  I can do this.  Oooh, the amirigurumi one is so cute!  I want to make that!  I can kind of spin and kind of sew, surely I can kind of crochet!

9:45 a.m.  Okay, I don't have the exact right yarn, but if I hold this one double it'll work.

9:50 a.m. Uh.  It's kind of hard to pull two strands at a time through without getting confused.

10:15 a.m. How the heck do you know where the end of the round is???  I'm using a safety pin.

10:22 a.m. Even with the safety pin I can't really tell.

10:27 a.m. No seriously.


10:45 a.m. This sure uses up a lot of yarn.

11:10 a.m. I'm totally going to run out of yarn.  Dangit.  Also this thing is going to be HUGE.  This is just the top of the head.

11:11 a.m. Okay, new plan.  I'm going to make one totoro in three days, because that is more
realistic.  It will also be smaller.

12:09 p.m. Much better.  And much easier using only one strand of yarn!

Day 2

12:20 p.m. Uhoh.  This is taking a long time.  I might still run out of yarn--and that CANNOT HAPPEN.

2:00 p.m. OHMYGOD this is going to be the biggest totoro in all the land.

2:10 p.m. Oh duh.  This is his whole body not just his head.  WHEW.

Day 3

10:45 a.m. Crocheting uses different parts of the fingers than knitting does, and so my calluses are useless.  I'm getting a blister.  Wah.

12:00 p.m.  I still can't figure out where the end of round is, by the way.


Day 4

This is taking FOREVER.  I should have started this weeks ago.  I thought this was a one-day project, tops.  Time to wrap it up.

Day 5

Progress!  I have made an egg with eyes.

 







Day 6

It looks kinda freaky.  I'm just sayin'.



Day 7         Now it looks like a freaky bunny.  Maybe the tail and legs will help.

Day 8                Only sort of.                                                                                           


Well.  I am now SUPER COMFORTABLE with single crochet.  I have MASTERED single crochet, having made a nine-inch-tall totoro/freaky bunny.   Although I never really figured out how to tell where the round ended.

And here he is with his knit totoro family (you can see why I wanted to switch to crochet this time around.  They look a little worse for wear.  The cat really likes them, you see).

  

Oh well.  Merry Christmas, Francie!



3 comments:

Knittingnotdrowning said...

That is exactly why me and crochet can't be friends! Unless it's a blanket I can't ever figure where the end of the row is!

mrsrobinson said...

I can only tell the end of a round with the help of a pretty stitch holder... or counting the stitches as I go along but that is hardly ever successful! And what a project as your first crochet. Most start with a simple granny square! He is so sweet...

Anonymous said...

It looks great!!! Mom