I learned to crochet just over a year ago. I love all kinds of crafts & I’ve always been able to knit – my mum taught me when I was little & over the years have made various items – many never finished as I got bored with my slow progress.
Learning to crochet has been a revelation- it’s so versatile & I am much quicker at it than knitting!!
I discovered the Attic24 blog online & loved all the colourful projects Lucy has made – she has tutorials too but I needed to learn the basics, You Tube is great for tutorials but I needed more, & then I found this lovely shop in Hertford – The Creative Sanctuary – a knitting & stitching boutique where they run all sorts of workshops & they were running one for learning to crochet – perfect!!
Anna is a knitting & crochet designer & runs workshops in various places around the country, you can find her designs here Anna’s Ravelry Page She’s a brilliant teacher too – and can be totally blamed for starting my crochet obsession! Since then I have barely had yarn out of my hands.
I love making gifts for people & shortly after learning to crochet I started looking for small projects to help me learn new techniques.
I discovered this new charity Knitted Knockers UK who provide soft cotton knitted & crochet prosthetic boobs for women who have had mastectomies. They are donated free of charge to any woman who wants one & replace the heavy silicone ones provided by the NHS.
This started in America as many women find the silicone ones uncomfortable & they can cause skin irritation.
As my sister had breast cancer I thought this would be a great thing to do whilst learning new techniques. I had to make several before I was ‘approved’ to fulfill orders & I have made both crochet & knitted ‘knockers’ since & love the fact that something so small can change a life A selection of my knitted & crocheted knockers
Recently Knitted Knockers UK were featured on BBC Breakfast- you can watch here Knitted Knockers BBC & now have loads of orders & now need more people to volunteer their time & skills so if you fancy joining us…..
I also discovered The Toft Alpaca Shop at the Knitting & Stitching show & saw the lovely Edward’s Menagerie animal designs – more small projects & new techniques to learn. They are crocheted using the Amigurumi technique & are very cute- they make lovely gifts.
My next project will be a new baby gift but haven’t decided what yet in the meantime I am in the middle of another crocheted knocker
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my crochet journey – not bad for something I have only been doing for just over a year. I am still learning & choose projects that will teach me something. I hope I have inspired you to share your projects or to try crochet too if you never have.