For my birthday my mum bought me these two “Crochet your own…” sets. I had never done crochet before, but really wanted to, and this pushed me into learning.
The sets both came with a crochet hook in the size I needed, the wools that were needed, and a needle for threading in the ends. I struggled with the hooks that came with the sets because they were quite small, and sort of seemed to get lost in my hand, so I purchased a set of hooks that had larger, silicone handles from Amazon, and found them much easier to work with.
Admittedly I restarted the slippers about 4 or 5 times, and it took me nearly a whole day to just make the first one. I kept losing count of where I was, and forgetting whether I needed to be using a single or a double crochet. Once I got the hang of it though, I was quite happy with how the first slipper came together.
I found making the second slipper was a massive problem though. I thought I’d manage to make the second one quicker, having already made the first one. Boy, was I wrong. It took me almost twice as long to make the second slipper, because no matter what I did I just couldn’t get it to look the same. When I eventually got the actual body as close to matching the first one as I could, I moved on to trying to make the face, and had to give up because it just wouldn’t match. So, I figured the best solution was to give them little button eyes!
To be honest, I feel like the jury is still out on the eyes, they look a little creepy to me!
Once the slippers were out of the way it was time to move on to the hat!
The fact that I had to start the hat with a magic loop, instead of a chain like I did with the slippers, was a little off putting at first. I spent a little bit of time on YouTube watching various videos on how to do it before giving it a try, and once I got the hang of the best way to hold the yarn, it actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought! The instructions for the hat were also much easier than the slippers (there was no pesky decrease!) and I got to practice my 11 times tables! Oddly though I actually found the pom pom quite difficult! I wrapped the yarn around the card and started cutting, and then it all started falling out of the middle!! Back to YouTube I went for help on how to make pom poms, and in the end I managed to get it right!
I am really happy with how all three items came out, especially since they were my first crochet projects, and I’m a bit excited about learning to crochet more and more bits!
The only problem is, now I’ve learned knitting and crochet, how will I find time for cross stitch as well?!