When Rachel at Maybe Matilda announced her awesome idea for a crochet along last month, I loved the concept and wanted to participate. I took a few crochet lessons at a local yarn shoppe a few years back and really enjoyed the craft. But, like many things, it took the back seat when I got busy with my master’s program and renovating a house and life.
The crochet along was a fabulous way for me to jump back in, just in time for cold nights. I liked crocheting because it’s much more portable than some crafts I enjoy (like sewing) and it’s really easy to pick it up on the sofa in the evenings, on breaks at work, during car rides….
With that said, I didn’t start the crochet along when everyone else did like a normal person. I had some valid excuses, like moving, and vacationing and settling into the new house. And procrastination.
Then, last Friday night, I decided that enough is enough. I headed to Ben Franklin and picked up a new hook (Franco chewed up my old bamboo hook) and some beautiful chunky orange yarn, perfect for fall. I don’t have anything in this autumn color, so I’m psyched to wear it. (The color is even called pumpkin.)
After a little practice with Rachel, I got to work. I started the Time Out Cowl she chose on Friday night, moved into the second ball of yarn on Saturday afternoon and wrapped it up on Monday night. (These images show it doubled up. It’s super long.)
Not too bad for a beginner, and someone who hasn’t crocheted in months.
I finished just in time to take photos to share today over at Maybe Matilda. She graciously offered a free pattern from her shop for everyone who completed the challenge. And there will also be winners. I don’t expect to be a winner, but I’m excited to see what everyone else came up with. (And you can certainly vote for me if you’d like. I won’t argue.)
I’m really pleased with how the cowl turned out. I, however, don’t like it long. It just doesn’t look right on me. I probably should have shortened the pattern, but I just double it up and it is extra cuddly and warm. I think it will be a great piece as the days and nights get cooler. I can’t wait to wear it. And it’s totally Chicago Bears football appropriate. Bear down!
In other news, I’m now considering a broad range of modeling offers. I’m quite talented, if I do say so myself. Nothing as professional as taking a quick couple pictures in the kitchen with a self-timer.
Anyhow – head over and check out the entrants on Maybe Matilda. And if you’re feeling generous, vote for your favorite. (Which will obviously be NewlyWoodwards, right?)
What do you think?