Well, a month ago, I picked up a crochet hook for the first time in my life, as I prepared to make decorations for our wedding later this year.
As we know, the initial teddy bear attempt wasn’t great!
However, I wasn’t put off and rather than just keep practicing, I jumped straight in at the deep end and got on with dragons! I did inspire myself with some shiny new tools.
I’m pleased to say, they’re turning out pretty well and I’ve already made three!
You can pick up varying crochet hooks online relatively cheap
I’ve decided it’s time for me to learn a new skill and hobby – crocheting.
My great-aunt used to be a dab hand at crochet and made all kinds of things when I was little. Unfortunately, I was only 8 when she died and hadn’t shown any interest in learning before she passed away.
I’ve been trying to learn for a week now. And whilst I’ve had a few mishaps along the way…
….I seem to be able to follow a basic pattern for bunting and hearts.
Now, I’m trying to get my head around crocheting in the round, but that’s proving a little more tricky.
I have my sights set on a much bigger project, which I’m hoping I can complete for our wedding later this year.
To help me practice, I’m going to head back to the shop later to get some different sized hooks and yarn, along with a stitch marker and row counter. If only Auntie Babs could see me now – I’d like to think she’d be pleased that I’m following in her footsteps a little bit.
I can finally write about these, as my friends whom I made them for have received them as part of a hamper, which they were allowed to open early for Christmas.
I got this idea off the TV the other day with Kirstie Allsopp in her Homemade Christmas series, which I love – festive firelighters. They looked easy, so I thought I would give them a go.
I started by drying some orange peel strips in the oven at a low temperature. It only took around 10 minutes – much quicker than I expected!
Then I took 6 tealights out of their metal containers and popped them in their own individual Christmas cupcake cases and put them in the oven at around 150C I think it was, and allow the wax to melt. Again, this didn’t take long and I kept an eye all the time – just in case!
Take the cases out of the oven, and carefully move the wick to the edge and whilst the wax is still molten, add your orange peel, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves – or a mix of what you like – and allow the wax to cool.
The idea is my friends can now light the wick, pop the whole thing in their open fire and their home should smell like Christmas as the fire burns.
So, thank you Kirstie for the idea, it works and was a lovely addition to the hamper.