Friday, 11 September 2009

Tea and Crafting.............

is how I spent my evening last night, learning to crochet Granny Squares!. Crochet is one of the few crafts that I didn't learn as a child... my Gramps was great at knitting, tapestry,and rug making, but he never mastered the art of crochet!...
I have had a hankering for some time to learn the basics, if only to make a square blanket for my old age! and I have coveted other bloggers crochet from afar... in particular Debbies blanket.
A couple of weeks I stumbled upon this site whilst eating my lunch at my desk.... Tea and Crafting
I contacted Jane and booked myself onto the Granny Squares. The venue is in Portland Place just down from the Landmark Hotel, which is a short walk from work. On arrival it turned out that it was just me, so I had 2hours of 1:1 tuition which was really great.

The evening started painfully for me, I am a bit of a perfectionist so the fact that I couldn't master chain stitch was a little frustrating, so the thought of completing a square by the end of the evening was a long and distant dream. Jane was lovely, really patient and a great teacher. After trying to crochet chain stitch I had to choose 3 lovely colours from this pile to make my square!... and we started, the first block was daunting, but ended up like this..... then suddenly after adding a second colour it all began to make sense!...
Then a third colour and suddenly i was on a roll!....... the evening drew to a close, and I left clutching some bundles of wall, a crochet hook and something resembling a Granny square!... I am pleased to say that I completed my square on the tube & train on the way home.

Here is my finished (other than darning off the loose ends) square!..... I did chuckle to myself on the train as I felt like one of the grannies knitting the shreddies in the Shreddie advert (this will be my friend Justine & I in a few years as the 'hot' conversation is daily whenever we are on the train together!!)
This was a great evening, I learnt a new craft and jane was lovely... a definite hit for anyone wanting to learn the basics... i've already tried to book on the crochet flower evening, but its full!...... Jane's posting some October dates soon...

4 comments:

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Oh how wonderful to have a 1 to 1 crochet turorial. I have been painfully trying to teach myself to crochet the last three evenings using internet tutorials. It has been painful!! Well done with your squares, they look fab.
Luv Sophie xxxx

Florence and Mary said...

Well done for mastering crochet.

My friend gave me a brief lesson but I need many more I think!

Victoria xx

Archies Mum said...

Congrats Teresa. You must be feeling really chuffed with yourself for having mastered the basic technique. The world is your crochet hook now ha ha. Hope you enjoy creating many more crocheted things Yola x

Tea & Crafting said...

Hi Teresa - well I am super impressed you carried on crocheting on your way home! I also love the black and grey squares too! It was great teaching you - you picked it up so well! Happy crocheting its a great time to make that blanket to keep you warm through the winter.
Tea & Crafting - Jane

Friday, 11 September 2009

Tea and Crafting.............

is how I spent my evening last night, learning to crochet Granny Squares!. Crochet is one of the few crafts that I didn't learn as a child... my Gramps was great at knitting, tapestry,and rug making, but he never mastered the art of crochet!...
I have had a hankering for some time to learn the basics, if only to make a square blanket for my old age! and I have coveted other bloggers crochet from afar... in particular Debbies blanket.
A couple of weeks I stumbled upon this site whilst eating my lunch at my desk.... Tea and Crafting
I contacted Jane and booked myself onto the Granny Squares. The venue is in Portland Place just down from the Landmark Hotel, which is a short walk from work. On arrival it turned out that it was just me, so I had 2hours of 1:1 tuition which was really great.

The evening started painfully for me, I am a bit of a perfectionist so the fact that I couldn't master chain stitch was a little frustrating, so the thought of completing a square by the end of the evening was a long and distant dream. Jane was lovely, really patient and a great teacher. After trying to crochet chain stitch I had to choose 3 lovely colours from this pile to make my square!... and we started, the first block was daunting, but ended up like this..... then suddenly after adding a second colour it all began to make sense!...
Then a third colour and suddenly i was on a roll!....... the evening drew to a close, and I left clutching some bundles of wall, a crochet hook and something resembling a Granny square!... I am pleased to say that I completed my square on the tube & train on the way home.

Here is my finished (other than darning off the loose ends) square!..... I did chuckle to myself on the train as I felt like one of the grannies knitting the shreddies in the Shreddie advert (this will be my friend Justine & I in a few years as the 'hot' conversation is daily whenever we are on the train together!!)
This was a great evening, I learnt a new craft and jane was lovely... a definite hit for anyone wanting to learn the basics... i've already tried to book on the crochet flower evening, but its full!...... Jane's posting some October dates soon...

4 comments:

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Oh how wonderful to have a 1 to 1 crochet turorial. I have been painfully trying to teach myself to crochet the last three evenings using internet tutorials. It has been painful!! Well done with your squares, they look fab.
Luv Sophie xxxx

Florence and Mary said...

Well done for mastering crochet.

My friend gave me a brief lesson but I need many more I think!

Victoria xx

Archies Mum said...

Congrats Teresa. You must be feeling really chuffed with yourself for having mastered the basic technique. The world is your crochet hook now ha ha. Hope you enjoy creating many more crocheted things Yola x

Tea & Crafting said...

Hi Teresa - well I am super impressed you carried on crocheting on your way home! I also love the black and grey squares too! It was great teaching you - you picked it up so well! Happy crocheting its a great time to make that blanket to keep you warm through the winter.
Tea & Crafting - Jane