I’ve been inspired to take up crochet – as well as knitting. In the past crochet has left me thinking, well…… ambivalent at best, but a few things nudged me towards a state of “like” and then there was the Dune shawl (L’ Étole des Mers). This design hooked me, took me through the last loops of uncertainty and now I’m a crochet convert. Dune was created by Cécile Balladino for L’Oisivethé and Marie Claire Ideas magazine and featured in Issue 97 in July 2013. I love the way the design blends the colours and conveys a pretty, soft summery picture. Every time I saw the shawl it made me think about the possibility of crocheting something, possibly in the colours of a rose garden. I put that on my list of Knitting Year Goals.
As a follow on, Cécile and L’Oisivethé have collaborated to offer crochet classes at the tea salon. I can crochet a little already – thanks to my Mum’s teaching – so the 2 and a half hour class was just the trick to augment my skills enough to make these pretty granny squares.
There were about 8 or 9 of us at the class, we had tea and cookies and scones and worked our way through the construction of the square, making the colour changes from one round to the next and transforming the circular pattern into a square in the last round. It was all in French, which I could understand, although Cécile spoke English for me when I needed help. Alongside me was a young American woman who spoke French fluently, so we confirmed crochet manoeuvres chatting in French and English as we went. All in all it was a super way to spend Saturday morning and I made creditable first squares.
I’ve crocheted a few more squares at home, following the pattern and the basic crochet stitch instructions in Cécile’s gorgeous book Crochet Bohème. Somehow learning to crochet in French (ie listening and reading in French) has enabled me to “get it” this time. Maybe it was the visual learning, or maybe I had to try harder, anyway it worked; I can repeatedly produce the granny squares.
Now I am in the process of selecting colours for the rose garden blanket. I’ve got a few sorted and am trying out combinations to confirm the last few of colours. These squares will be my interlude project – I always like to have a bit of variety, an interlude to other projects that are all one colour, or are not so transportable.
I’m happy that I’m making good progress on my Knitting Year Goals; the rose garden is underway, I’ve got a small bit of finishing on another project before I take pictures and give you a proper progress report. À bientôt, I’ll post that soon.