I learned the basics of crochet in primary school home ec, and to be honest I wasn't a fan. I found it tedious and boring and unending. I didn't know about patterns or stitching or anything really. My teacher sucked.
Fast forward to 2010. I'd just finished grad school and was job hunting. I needed something to fill my time. I don't remember why I decided to revisit crochet but I think I wanted to make a gift for someone. So I started a really ambitious project and it didn't take long for me to realise that my rudimentary skills wouldn't cut it. So I took to YouTube and a whole new world opened up for me.
After lots of research and false starts, I made this:
I was so proud of my efforts. Then my life moved on and I abandoned crochet for a few years.
I took up crochet again when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. Some of my friends were also pregnant at the same time. I just loved the idea of our little ones wearing something I'd made with all the love in my heart.
To get back into crochet, I started with a huge blanket for my husband. It took weeks to complete but was worth it in the end. It was very physically draining especially in my prego state so I won't be doing anything that ambitious for a while.
When that was done, I made blankets for my friends' babies:
Then I made these for my daughter:
I could be wrong but I think she likes them...
After making all these blankets I was hooked on crochet again. Now I'm working on wearable items like sweaters, scarves and hats. I'm currently working on a circle scarf based on a pattern I found on this gorgeous crochet blog All About Ami. I have modified the pattern slightly to make a longer scarf and will post pictures when it's finished. I hope I get good enough to post my own tutorials one day.
I'm currently on maternity leave so I have time on my hands (when the boss lady allows). Looks like the fam will be getting handmade stuff for Christmas this year :)