Not Your Grandma’s Crochet

Crocheting is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. (1)

Crocheting is so popular today. It’s not just “grandma’s” hobby. If I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me, I’d have a nice wad of cash! That’s all I used to hear, you are too young to be crocheting in your spare time! By the way, can you make this hat for me at no cost or very little? Ha!

I learned to crochet when I was 10 years old, my great-aunt taught me. I made the very popular granny vest, man I wish I still had it. This vest was very popular in the 70s. I made several for family and friends. I continued to crochet until I became a teenager and my interests changed. Throughout the years, I would crochet here and there, sometimes finishing an item, but I would have many WIP’s-work in progress.

 

Vintage photos courtesy Google and Red Heart

 

It’s not just for senior citizens, or your grandma. Many women and some men enjoy the craft and make money at it. Some make a very good living at it. I sell my finished items and special orders. I primarily make women’s accessories, but I also make crocheted dolls, doll chains and blankets.

I enjoy crocheting while I’m watching TV, listening to music and sometimes when it’s totally quiet, which is not too often. I like to crochet while watching my recorded shows that I’ve already watched, that way I don’t have to stop watching and I can crochet while I listen to the show again. This way if I missed something or need to check it out again, I can while my fingers work. I can’t however, crochet when someone is trying to talk to me, because they want my undivided attention and I’m trying to count. I keep saying I’m going to get a stitch counter but haven’t invested in one yet.  If one of my girls or husband wants to talk, I make them wait until I can complete the row or stop at an even count and mark it. Then they will not want anything, just to chat or ask a question they already know the answer to.

My first doll, it was a labor of love, a lot of frogging, but I managed to get her finished. Isn’t she pretty??  I can’t remember my great aunt making crocheted dolls, all she made was blankets and afghans.

As you can see, crocheting has changed throughout the years. It’s not a craft for older women and making blankets, afghans and granny vests any longer. Embrace the craft, enjoy and create!

 

Whitney

 

 

 

 

(1)Wikipedia definition of crochet