Saturday, April 02, 2011

[2KCBWDAY6] Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011: Day 6

Today's post for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011. Today's topic is all about what we aspire to do in the near future or what we are ready to tackle.

First and foremost, I do not feel like I know it all in the world of crochet. To that, I ask - who does? I have been at this for just over 30 years and know there is so much more I want to do. So I figured I'd put a few of my list items down.

1. Create an afghan for all of my children
I want to create something my children can keep and use as an heirloom - something to remember me by. I currently have 2 done and one more to go. Of course, the two are for my youngest which means I will most likely need to recreate them when they are older. Right now, they are viewing the afghan as purely functional, which is a-ok in my book.

"High Mountains" by Cris
 2. I want to make a graph-ghan.
Many people who read this blog may not realize that I paint. I try to keep this blog very focused on my crochet effots and adventures so many won't know some of the other crafts I do. I would love to be able to "paint" a picture in yarn. I see people post pictures of graphghans they have completed and it never ceases to amaze me. I want to do one and then display it at the art show I show at every month. I think it would be an amazing experience to complete a painting using single crochet and color changes. (not to mention, the IT nerd in me would love to get a software that creates graphs out of pert near everything)

"Tree of Life" by Cris
 Now - I have no idea what picture I would do or if I would want to do it as I would a painting - such as doing a graph-ghan of a more traditional painting like "High Mountains" or something more abstract in nature with a hint of conceptualism like "Tree of Life"... or maybe a photograph of my children or dog...

I do know that whatever path I take, it is going to be a fantastic learning experience that, even if using the most basic crochet stitch, will force my crochet skill to grow exponentially.

3. I want to branch out into larger clothing items and socks
You'd think after a person has been crocheting for this long that there shouldn't be much of anything left that they haven't made - well, not this crocheter! I would like to make a sweater or perhaps a cardigan for my husband. I have found some sock patterns in the last week that I am wanting to try. I even went and bought the yarn! My problem is this - when I see larger pieces, so very few of them seem to be flattering if crocheted. When I see a sweater, I think knit. When I see socks, I think knit... well, I need to re-program my brain to know that with the right yarn and hook size and pattern, any of those items can look attractive in crochet. I'm going to prove that to myself, hopefully this year.

4. I want to master interlocking crochet.
Interlocking crochet is a masterful bit of crochet that I know I can do, I just don't know "how" to do it. It is a series of stitches on two different yarns that interweave with eachother to create patterns. I recently started watching some videos on YouTube and I know I will be able to do it - I just want to get to a point where I not only just do it, but I do it well. I am hoping in 6  months I will be able to say just that.

And that is a list of 4 things that I want to really push myself to learn in the near future. I think of them all, the graph-ghan is the one that excites me the most - although they are all going to be a blast.

Do you have anything? If you are doing blog week, post a link to your topic of today. If not, just write it in a comment. I'd love to hear what you want to work on in the next year.

If you are interested in reading what other people have to say and are participating in the blog week, then go to google and search 2KCBWDAY6.


Ms C @ HappyElastic said...

Some things there I hadn't heard about before, especially the graphgan and the interlocking crochet. Hope you get to do the things you aspire to soon!

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supertinks said...

Lovely paintings! I think the graphgan idea is awesome.

Genki said...

I'd never heard of graphghans, but it sounds like a great idea. Your Tree of Life would look amazing in recreated in yarn!

Julie said...

Your paintings are gorgeous! The Tree of Life I especially love. And I also want to do interlocking crochet, I have Tanis Galik's book checked out from the library and I think I will have to buy it for myself. The patterns are fabulous!

Carole said...

You've got some lovely ideas there. The graphgan sounds brilliant and as a newbie to the world of crochet I haven't a clue what interlocking crochet is so I'm off to have a google!

Stefanie said...

It's so interesting to read about crochet "stuff." Love how you're making the afghans for your children so they'll be heirlooms; those are the best!
You paint so lovely; good luck on the graphghans. They sound so interesting. I've never heard of interlocking crochet but go for it!

CrochetBlogger said...

Ooh I've never heard of interlocking crochet before but it sounds super cool and like something great to aspire to do!

CrochetBlogger said...

Ooh I've never heard of interlocking crochet before but it sounds super cool and like something great to aspire to do!

Tink said...

Lovely paintings! I think the graphgan idea is awesome.

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