Okay, I shouldn't call crochet 'crotch-et' but the truth of the matter is that this is what Blossom and I have always called it.
It's not said in a derogatory tone, but with a lovingly familiar air such as one might call their precious toddler 'munchkin'. Know what I mean?
Blossom is naturally good at crochet, I am not.
By age 13 Blossom could create teeny tiny one inch granny squares from Perle #12 cotton...
...and then she lost interest.
She gave her squares to me when she moved her craft focus to beading and soon I'll be using them in a simple project you and I can make - but that's a blog post for another day.
Back to crotch-et, um, sorry, CROCHET.
My kind of crochet is simple lines of treble (I think) to create face washers. Once I even got adventurous and added a row of single and double crochet (I think) around the outside edge...
Before losing my rather nice yellow crochet hook I made four face washers in varying bright cotton yarns and promptly gave them all away. Unable to find the lost crochet hook after turning the house upside down and inside out, I lamented not keeping one face washer for myself but chose to put aside any more crochet hours and simply mourned my loss for the next few years.
But on my bookshelf stood a constant reminder that I truly adored crochet and would one day indulge again.
Kath Kidston's 'Crochet' is actually a tin in the shape of a book and once opened reveals a promise to the hopeful
crotch-et crochet apprentice that she can create something rather cheery in no time at all!
Armed with a how-to book, pattern, crochet hook and six delightfully gelato-ish balls of yarn, the mastery of this craft is to be hers (apparently)...
And why, you ask, do I have this sudden rush of crochet-thought? Why have I pulled my 4 year old and never-used Cath Kidston tin of yarn off the shelf?
Answer: I was doing the weekly grocery shop.
My eye had caught the current Better Homes & Gardens magazine at the supermarket checkout.
I rarely buy this magazine but I saw that crochet rug on the cover and inside were more delicious crochet things, and well...a spark ignited and I had to have it.
I mean, these are gorgeous things to make, right?
You can see why this issue had to come home with me, yeh?
Driving home in the car my thoughts turned to colour choice, how big to make the rug, what yarn to use and where to get it...
...but then reality knocks on the slightly dehydrated brain cells and I asked myself,
"What in the world are you thinking?! You cannot do this, silly girl. What a waste of money it will be to buy yarn that will never be used because it will be too hard, take too long, and remain a barely attempted UFO forever."
Good advice to self.
I pack the groceries away, brew a coffee, slice a thick piece of Amish Cinnamon Cake, and examine the crochet pages of the magazine.
Yes, this is way beyond me at the moment.
So I open my favourite gentle domestic tome, Jane Brocket's "The Gentle Art of Domesticity", to see what she has to say about the gentle art of domestic crochet...
...and my spirit lifts.
So I take the Kath Kidston "Crochet" tin from the bookshelf and decide to begin at the beginning.
One afternoon a week I will gather yarn and hook and choose a good audio book to pop in the stereo.
From there a journey shall be explored, a craft shall be learned properly, and finally I shall know what a treble and a double chain really are.
Not overwhelming at all, I'm thinking.
I should confess that I have been admiring from afar a few beautiful crochet-esque blogs for years.
If you'd like eye candy, inspiration, crochet-alongs or patterns (because you're already accomplished with hook and yarn) here's a few of my faves:
Lucy @ Attic 24
Vanessa @ Coco Rose Diaries
she stopped blogging on new year's eve but there's still so much to see here
Annette @ My Rose Valley
If you'd like even more inspiration visit my Crochet Dreamin' Pinterest Board HERE because it's loaded with sumptuous handmade temptation.
Today I'm spending time with my sweet Blossom-girl, and I guess it's okay to tell you now that she's in the 'mothering way'...3 months along in fact.
Am I excited? YES!!
Is she? YES! YES! YES!
She's going to be the most wonderful mummy ever, I'm sure.
Prayers for a safe, healthy and happy pregnancy with an armful of baby joy in six months time would be much appreciated.