I have heard that people either knit or crochet: very rarely are people proficient in both at the same time. Many knitters know how to use a crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches or add trim. I was one of those knitters until I realized that if I'm teaching people how to crochet, I'd better have more than just two stitches under my belt. So yesterday I sat down with a book, my purple hook and small balls of Kool Aid dyed wool.
It took me an hour to figure out how to do the central ring for the flowers, and only fifteen minutes to figure out the "ch 2 space" for the granny square. (You can see my little boober in the upper left orange section. I tried crocheting into the ch 2 stitches and not the space below them. It was actually a lot of fun, and I tried thinking of all the places to stick crocheted flowers, like hats and jackets and scarves. I thought of making a crocheted lei or a wreath of flowers. Guess where they ended up? In a plastic baggy in my stash box. l'm going to use them as demos for my knitting class. Anticlimactic, isn't it?
The pattern I got the granny square from wanted you to make tons, then connect them together to make a skirt. Isn't the granny square relatively open? Sure, they suggested sock yarn and a size B needle, but still...
I think I'm going to celebrate my sucessful learning experience by purchasing a set of Crystalite crochet hooks.