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My Crocheting Miracle

by Kelly Crawford

It should be recorded as a small miracle that I am very close to finishing my first crocheting project! (Turns cartwheel.  Well, would if I weren’t pregnant.)

Mind you, I’ve known how to crochet since I was 6.  I’ll never forget the circle of little old ladies who let me sit among them for hours and patiently taught me and made me unravel my work over and over.  (Where are the ladies like that now?)

But I have a personality conflict with crocheting:  I get big ideas and lots of motivation that burn fast and strong and consequently, OUT before most of them come to fruition.  I usually only complete a project that can be done quickly using materials I have on hand at the second the notion strikes. It’s a terrible trait, really.

The thought of a project that could take days–months?  Makes me break out in hives.

So in spite of many crocheted beginnings, most of them remain just that.

But this!  It’s a tiny afghan (I’m not done with it YET, but I promise, I will finish!) because big ones are totally out of the question. Alexa and I have been working together on it (she has the patience and loves it) and I just forgot how relaxing it is and how delicious it is to create something with your hands.

And then today, a friend steered me in the direction of figuring out how to make the cutesy cap to match!  By the way, they are SO easy and can be made in a couple of hours.  I *might* be able to remember exactly how I did it if you want to know 😉

I owe my renewed inspiration and the flower directions to Attic 24.

And Kathy @ Teaching Good Things has a FABULOUS Learn to Crochet DVD!

I think I’m addicted.

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I Live in an Antbed October 1, 2010 - 10:07 pm

That is ADORABLE!! Good for you!!!

Brandy October 1, 2010 - 11:17 pm

Oh my gosh that is SO CUTE!!!!

I’m teaching myself to knit and attempting to make a shawl 1st. Dunno how it’ll turn out, but I’m giving it a go. Crocheting is on my list to learn as well!

Kim M October 1, 2010 - 11:52 pm

Yay! Way to go Kelly!

I have never had good “luck” with crocheting. The blankets I start always ripple horribly. I need to practice. Currently, quilting is my obsession but I am fickle and will probably get on a crochet kick eventually.

Kacie October 2, 2010 - 3:04 am

Somehow I must have missed that you were expecting. Congrats!

marcie October 2, 2010 - 7:45 am

Congratulations, Kelly! It is adorable. Your crocheting yesterday gave me the desire to hone up on it. You made it look so easy.

Camille Lancaster October 2, 2010 - 7:50 am

We are adopting a baby from China and are currently hosting a drive to collect crocheted/knitted baby hats for the orphans in the orphanage. Would any of your readers want to contribute a hat? If so – please contact us at thelancasterfamily@yahoo.com Thanks so much!!

Charity October 2, 2010 - 7:59 am

Way to go Kelly! That is precious! My crafting issue is that I get going on too many things at once. I love to sew, cross stitch, embroider, knit, etc., but I get something going in each catagory and end up finishing little to nothing before I’m bored with that particular creation and want to try something new. I erk myself! 😉

Jane October 4, 2010 - 7:07 am

I have the exact same problem, I have too many projects going on at the same time! Then feel overwhelmed by it all.

Way to go, Kelly! it is so cute!

Tammy October 2, 2010 - 11:29 am

Too cute!

Coincidentally, I was just struck with the inspiration to crochet some brim hats for myself and my girls. But I can’t find my crocheting needles!! 😉

Kathy @ teachinggoodthings.com October 2, 2010 - 2:25 pm

IMPRESSIVE dear friend!!! <3 it!

Kathy @ teachinggoodthings.com October 2, 2010 - 2:27 pm

P.S. I know the PERFECT DVD if any of your readers want to learn how to crochet! Spam? I guess so, but it’s still a great DVD! ;o)

Kelly L October 2, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Cute hat. I have no patience for such thing (and thankfully no desire) but glad you are able to make something beautiful!

Kelly October 2, 2010 - 3:39 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. HOW CUTE KELLY! 🙂 YES, you must share how. You should do a vlog! 🙂

I’m working on a baby blanket that is more like a toddler/small girl blanket. I might finish it sometime this year… maybe! 🙂

Jane October 2, 2010 - 5:04 pm

Adorable! I love the bright and happy colors. I am making a granny sqare blanket for my grandchild-to-be and I kind of ran out of steam as well. This revved me back up!

Amy B. October 2, 2010 - 6:11 pm

Awesome job! I recently started learning to crochet. It’s a new skill for my mother and she’s trying to teach me. I can’t seem to get it right…yet! I. LOVE. THAT. HAT!!!

wannabegodly October 2, 2010 - 6:27 pm

Very cute! Especially that little hat. Thanks for sharing the link to the pattern for the flowers. That’s just what my daughter needs for a baby afghan she’s crocheting. We’d love to know how you made the hat so we can make some for the local crisis pregnancy center.

Miriam October 2, 2010 - 6:47 pm

Hi Kelly,
It is beautiful! Congratulations on finishing it! 🙂 Please do share the pattern for the hat. I love it!!! The colours are great!


the cottage child October 2, 2010 - 8:15 pm

Okay – beautiful work, and did you want to know that this makes me weepy? I always thought I wasn’t “well rounded” enough…I love lots of things, only did a few with any proficiency, fewer as expert, most have waned.

But you know what? When I sat still with each of my kids, and learned what they are interested in, I just became interesting and multi-dimensional again! Learning new things from and with each of them, as individuals, by listening for their gifts to be revealed. I have a writer (always wanted to be), a tennis player (always wanted to be), a social butterfly (always wanted to be). Right in my path, three new healthy addictions. Blessings multiplied, exponentially. Amen.

Word Warrior October 3, 2010 - 7:57 am

I tried repeating the hat pattern in a bigger size and although the hat turned out equally cute, it was different 😉

After I get some expert advice, I will post a tutorial!

Nicole October 3, 2010 - 10:25 am

Ooh, fun! Baby booties are really easy to crochet (even I can do them) and then you can donate them to your local Crisis Pregnancy Center. CPCs often give them as gifts to pregnant clients and it really puts the reality of a living baby into the hearts of the girls that come in. It amazes me how often the girls go from “I can’t have a baby now” to “Oh my, I can’t believe it is so tiny” and the reality sits in.

Renata October 3, 2010 - 4:59 pm

Well done!!! You’ve done a wonderful job! I was never taught to crochet or knit & would love to know how to !
That is just the cutest hat!

Sarah October 3, 2010 - 11:28 pm

Very cute. I would love a tutorial. I never progressed past doing several rows of chain stitch, which is mostly pretty useless in and of itself.


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