My earliest crafting memory is being taught to crochet by a friend's mother when I was about 10. I'm not sure if the lesson stuck with my friend (who went on to become Australia's Strongest Woman!!), but it certainly stuck with me, and for the next 15 years, crochet was my fibre-art of choice. A recent find reminded me of some of the weird and wonderful things I made as a child. Most impressively was this Santa, which I made without a pattern when I was about 15. He's starting to get a bit tatty with age (after all he is around 25 years old now!) but we still bring him out every Chrissy and he sits on our mantlepiece.
Actually anything I made during those years was made without a pattern, a skill that I seem to have lost as I've aged. I never developed an obsession with crochet, like I ended up developing with knitting, but it was always something that gave me a lot of pleasure when I did feel crafty, and decided to dig out the hooks..
Crochet took a big backseat when I learnt to knit. I really don't think I've done any substantial crochet since 2004, but in the past couple of weeks I've developed a real big crochet-love. I've long admired some of the clever Amigurumi I've seen around Craftster and Ravelry , but never had the desire to do any... UNTIL NOW!
It started a mere 9 days ago, and this is what I have produced:
Christmas Puddings (x 3 for school teacher thank-you pressies)
And Finally Max King of the Wild Things, who I hope to have finished for another special Max for Christmas.
YAY for crochet!