Sunday, October 4, 2009
Cate Blanchett in a crochetted dress. (Photo: Getty Image)
I started to crochet resently. I did some crocheting many many years ago (like a half dozen potholders when I once stopped smoking in my early twenties...). With a yarn shop in sight at the train station on my way to the airport last week (flying to my best friends wedding in the U.K) I thought : "I have 7 hours to kill at Bristol airport for my connection flight (yes - 7 hours!!!)... I'll get some yarn and do some crocheting while waiting in the terminal."
Said and done. I spent hours on the airport with my bag of yarn and tried hard to make granny squares, hearts and other stuff that I thought would be easy... Not! I crocheted and unraveled, crocheted and unraveled. By the end of my 4 day trip (this became quickly an obsession to figure out HOW to make a granny square) I actually managed to crochet a winter hat and scarf to the bride's daughter's stuffed monkey. Not to bad for a learner I have to admit. But still no decent granny square to show off.
Now I am hooked, reading blogs and crochet school websites on the subject. And after days of training (and unravelling) I have now managed to make some beautiful traditional granny squares. Yippi!!! And it is so much fun. I never want to stop. So satisfactory. And all the things you can make out of granny squares; blankets, pillow cases, hats, scarfs. Even dresses. Cate Blanchett wore a crocheted dress to the opening of the Screen Worlds exhibition in Melbourne. Ain't that funky? Who would have thought that the granny square could become a fashion statement in 2009?
My first granny squares. Pretty good aha?