Ok, so crochet is like golf. It keeps you HUMBLE! Just when you think you can actually do this, along comes a bad day and you realise you have yet to learn!
So I started the CAL. Let me be the first to confess that I'm all for a short-cut. An easy route. But this time, I actually did some homework. I know that there's UK crochet and there's US crochet. The stitches are different. So where does that leave me (apart from in Africa)?
I thought well, seeing that we're doing the blocks out of this particular book, I went to the back and looked at the stitch guide. Ok, so what I know as a sc, is called a dc is this book. Then I changed my stitches, and did it strictly by the book.
But ooops, now it seems I am still doing something wrong! The first block looked nice to me but apparently its not quite right!
I still like it.
So here's number 1
Then I made number 2.
It came out slightly smaller than number 1, but I figured what the heck, surely not all 200 blocks are going to be the same size?
Now remember, up to here I was still very confident and thought my blocks looked perfect! Then I started reading all the other blocks and discussions about number 1 and realised I was living in tralala land! Apparently there's much more to it! What I saw as perfect and cute are not. There are discussions about stitch height, block sizes and all sorts of things I was not even concerned about.
That put a bit of a damper on my confidence, and then last night, I did number 3. I have made quite a few granny squares and this is just another version right? Uhmmmm not! I've made huge blankets and never had a problem with the whole skew bit in the centre. My square always seemed to come out nice and, well, square! Take a look at this one....
Not nice at all. So guess what I'll be doing tonight?
But anyway, I will get it right in the end, and I won't give up!
I've also decided that I am in this for the fun and love of crochet, so even if my stitches aren't exactly US or USA, then I will be starting Africa crochet! The old fashioned way!
Till next time.