October 3, 2014

Knitting and crocheting. I love this stuff.

A couple of months back I saw a pretty granny square blanket on Pinterest and wanted one of my own. And so I finally picked up my crochet hook after many years of neglecting it and bought some yarn at Michaels and scoured the Internet for some video tutorials. Because even after all these years, reading how-to's still is very confusing. 

After viewing a few, I settled on this one and began to crochet my first granny square - a sunburst granny square. I am now at 62 squares. My stitches have improved but they are still a little messy, but I hope to plug on and get to maybe 100 squares before I start joining them. Maybe somewhere down the line I'll do another sunburst granny square blanket that is a bit more cleaner looking, but I am excited about this very first one. Something I didn't think I could do. 

After my girlfriends visited me from New York, they got me interested in a Korean drama - it's called Temptation and it's dramatic with a crazy storyline. It was quite addicting as well. I needed something to do while watching it, and so I picked up my crochet hook again and just began to make a circular pattern.

Round and round and round. Over and over again. 

Of course it started off a little messy but then it just got bigger and bigger and bigger and I decided to make it into a circular blanket. It's still not done, but when I saw Yangkyu and Piri sharing it the other night I was glad I decided to turn it into a blanket. For now I'm calling it a giant blue jellyfish because the sides began to overlap early on {I was crocheting without a pattern and just eyeballing the whole thing}. 
Then one day I began to look online again for some knitting tutorials. I missed knitting - something I learned first from a good friend many years ago. And I think I was mentally preparing for the colder months ahead and thought it would be nice to knit a scarf or a hat. That's when I became across the beautiful and so easy to follow video tutorials by Sheep & Stitch

I decided that I'm going to knit a chunky hat first and then the cushy cowl. So I bought some nice soft yarn in red and charcoal grey, and knitted away. 

I messed up, started over then messed up some more. I worked with double pointed needles for the first time and even made a pom pom. I still haven't gotten the hang of getting the yarn through the tapestry needle to weave the ends but hopefully I'll get there. 
And tada. Here it is. My first knit hat. And it fits so snug around my head. I can't wait to start wearing it. 

Last night I started knitting a hat for Yangkyu with the charcoal grey yarn. I realized while following the video tutorial that I was knitting and purling a bit differently and so this time around I thought to go by the way of the video. I am still fumbling through and hope to get my own rhythm going soon. 

I still can't read and follow patterns on my own. I think maybe I'm a bit too impatient to sit down and decipher. I tried a few days ago when I thought to crochet some christmas ornaments to send to friends this year. I decided maybe I should use felt instead. 

Hopefully I'll fully get the hang of crocheting and knitting and know it by heart. I find that I have interest in a lot of things - photography, sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, baking, cooking, anime, games, crafting, DIY - you name it. But I never let myself to fully grasp concepts and techniques. If you ask me to explain shutter speeds, aperture and all that I would be clueless. I just take pictures because I like to. I usually go by what I feel is right instead of techniques. I'm slightly afraid that this new hobby of mine will be the same but here's to trying. And maybe I've taken the first step - I finally know what a "chain" is. And also the difference between a "knit" and a "purl." 

Baby steps. It's all about baby steps. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! We're going to go pick some apples.



PS - Thank you for your continuous messages and kind words for Piri. I really really appreciate them. 

PPS - I am missing out on the monthly Floral Friday photograph project, but if you have the time, please check this month's theme, which is "In the Garden." 

57 comments

  1. Jane, you are doing EXCELLENT! Wow, and you just started! You'll be doing sweaters and such in no time. Good for you! One of my blog buddies Emmy loves knitting too. It's a really nice hobby! All I can do is cross stitch! HAHAHA
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. thank you! cross stitching is fun! i remember doing it when i was little!

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  2. You are tremendously talented! I adore the colour too Jane - Its perfect!

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  3. Fantastic work! Looking at the pics I know what you mean by "I realized while following the video tutorial that I was knitting and purling a bit differently." The same thing happened to me when I learned to knit. I'd been knitting for years and was even trying to make sweaters when I realized (looking at a video) that I was twisting my stitches! You figured it out quickly!

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    1. thanks yamil! i'm still fumbling my way through knitting and purling properly but i see the difference! i hope to get daft at it! :)

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  4. Jane you are going to surpass me c: Your hat looks good!
    Keep up your DIY work, it is indeed baby steps but don't
    forget to enjoy these baby steps c: Xx

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    1. no way! i hope to reach your level soon. your stitches are so clean and perfect. i have many many imperfections and so hopefully those will improve soon :)

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  5. Very great passtime! can't wait to see what else you knit up!

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    1. thanks! i'm definitely addicted! :)

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  6. Looks great!! I miss crochet. I'll have to pick up where i left off with my yellow blanket.

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    1. fun! i think i want start on another blanket even though i'm still working on two!

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  7. I've tried knitting a few times and could not get the hang of it for some reason! Your cute hat makes me want to try it again :-) Great job!

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    1. hope you'll pick it up again! it's taken me years to actually complete something. i have come full circle! hehe

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  8. Yay!!!! Jane, knitting is so addictive. Are you on Ravelry? I'm there as bg031. So many awesome patterns there, and you'll learn so much in the forums there.
    PS Piri will be better in no time:)

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    1. i am definitely on ravelry but i'm not on it constantly because i can't read patterns! grrr! but i will find you there!

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    2. omg! i just went to your ravelry page! omg! :)

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  9. The hat turned out great! I'm in the process of pulling apart an old project from a couple of years ago so I can make a new chunky cowl, I might just give the pattern you linked a try!

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    1. thanks! i hope you'll give it a try! hopefully i'll get hands on some chunky yarn soon so i can make one too!

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  10. Jane everything looks super professional! To be honest I have never got past a straight stitch in crochet or knitting but my folder for tutorials on expanding my techniques are growing - so maybe one day!

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    1. sending some good knitting vibes your way!! :)

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  11. You are rocking it!!! Look at that hat friend!!! It is just so awesome!!!! You are inspiring and I hope that you have a beautiful weekend!!! Nicole xoxo

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  12. I love the colour of the hat, it's going to be perfect to brighten up a winter day! The blanket is coming along nicely too!

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    1. thank you! red is yangkyu's favorite color - i never really liked red because i always thought it looked so harsh.. but it grew on me!

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  13. I agree completely, it's all about taking baby steps! And I think it helps if you focus only on things you really want to own or will use or give away as a gift, there are way too many distractions out there and even if you only know the simplest stitches to crochet or knit, they are more than enough as long as you can make things you really want. I just picked up my crochet needle again today to complete a couple of baby blankets for my friends who are having or just had babies (I stopped for way toooo long) so it was so cool to see this post! :)

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    1. yes! i agree! i just crocheted a super scarf using only the single crochet method and i loved how it turned out!!

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  14. I have tried to learn how to knit, but I failed :( Looks like so much fun though.

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    1. i have failed many times! sending some positive knitting and crocheting vibes your way! :)

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  15. Ahh! This makes me miss crocheting. I may have to go out and buy a needle and yarn and start making stuff. I absolutely love that beanie you made! It looks like you got it straight from the store!

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    1. thanks! and happy crocheting to you!!

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  16. This is so amazing and motivating. I really want to get into this again! The extreme heat here in CA makes it really uninspiring to knit/crochet haha. But I just love creating things like this.

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    1. haha! totally! i think i'm going to move away from hats and scarves for a little bit and concentrate on maybe little animal dolls and pot holders!

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  17. i am so behind on blog reading Jane, but I am just starting to catch up so bear with me! i admire you for your knitting and crocheting skills - if you offered classes locally, i'd jump on it! I would love to be able to knit, maybe I should try and learn. x

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    1. no worries! i think i would be a terrible teacher but i'd love to go on a crochet class with a bunch of ladies i met on the blog :) hehe

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  18. Super talent, I couldn't do this to save my life, really cool :) xx

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  19. I can see a nice grey one upon Yangkyu's head, that would be a lovely thought.

    Buckets & Spades

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  20. thats so cool you crochet and knit as well! the beanie is too cute :)
    www.lettersimpromptu.blogspot.com

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  21. so cool! I've been working on a beanie for like a year now ...and I still don't know how to finish it. I'm so impress how fast you can make one!

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    1. the video makes it super super easy to finish up!

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  22. This came out GREAT! Congrats on the pom pom. Haha last week I shot some circular needles. I learning a lot about knitting and crocheting. We did a story on pom poms too!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. thanks! and such awesome things you are working on!!

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  23. The hat turned out great! And I love that Yangkyu and Piri share that circular blanket. That is so darn sweet!

    PS: My mum is addicted to Korean drama too. hehe

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    1. thanks!! oy - korean dramas! they are on a league of their own! :)

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  24. Jane you are improving so fast! I think I will never pass flat knitting ;) although you definitely have inspired me and I took yesterday my never ended scarf and I'm trying once again this year :) loove your new beanie!

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    1. thank you! and i know what you mean about the scarf! i promised yangkyu one 8 years ago! i finished a chunky super scarf yesterday and told him that we can share it :)

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  25. Wow Jane! This looks incredible. I really love the pom pom hehe

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  26. Have seen some of your crochet and knitting work on your Instagram and they all look amazing! Me too, I can't follow the pattern yet but I do crochet, learning from youtube.

    I have crocheted a baby blanket once and loved it! I am invited to another baby shower this November so I am going to crochet another one but I'll need to stop procrasinating buying yarns!

    Katrina Sophia

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    1. thanks! i think i'm a visual learning so seeing how to knit and crochet has been super super helpful. and buying yarns used to be so hard for me because i didn't know what to buy but now i love it!

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  27. That's a really lovely hat. Great work! :)

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