I had jury duty a few months ago, and I thought it would be a great time to learn how to crochet. Fortunately, there was a lady in the jury room who already knew how to crochet, and she helped me make my first granny square. (I had a hard time realizing that with crochet you sometimes don't look at the stitches you've made, but look at the holes in between the stitches.) I made a couple of tiny granny squares, tried a hexagon or two, and then I went back to knitting after jury duty was over.
And then this group got started on Ravelry, the Giant Granny Crochet Along. And I felt compelled to join. This looked like a great way to use up some left over bits and balls of yarn. Of course, I was in San Francisco and far away from my stash. I went over to Imagknit and got some yarn just to get me started.
I only got four balls of yarn, and it doesn't take very long to do the beginning four rounds of a granny square. I decided to swatch. A lot.
I decided that an H hook was the right size. J was too big (I think I missed I somehow), and G was too small. After that, I tried out 4 double crochets instead of the standard 3, and it didn't seem to be worth doing. And then I bought 2 more balls of yarn so that I could add in 2 more rounds on my granny before I went home.
I crocheted almost all day on my first day back home! And now my giant granny looks something like this.
I'm happy with how many partial skeins I've used up, and I'm planning to really decimate my stash of worsted yarn.
I'm thinking about adding crochet as an event in my Knitting Olympics. You know, for when my knitting muscles get sore.
How about you? Do you crochet? Does that Ravelry group tempt you, too?