At the start of January, the lovely people at Homecrafts UK gave me this salvage yarn in the goody bag from the blogger meetup I went to in Nottingham. Since then I have been watching videos on youtube to try and teach myself how to crochet. I did start learning with the yarn but soon realised it would be easier to practice on 'normal' yarn first while I got used to how to do the stitches and what they should look like. To start with I just wanted to learned the stitches I would need for what I wanted to make and then never crochet again, but the more I practiced the more I enjoyed it and the more relaxing it became.
I tried to follow the shopping bag pattern that came with the yarn but it confused me too much to care about working it out, so I decided to make myself a thread bin to sit next to my machine because at the moment I use whatever I have to hand, normally a plastic bag or a bottle. I also decided to make it easy on myself and make 5 squares of crochet that I could stitch together to make a box using the dishcloth tutorial on one of the videos I had been watching. What I didn't think about though is that the 30 chains I made would be considerably bigger than the 30 chains the lady on the video made with her smaller hook and thinner yarn. I ended up with one very long rectangle and made a circle to go on the bottom of it which my Gran then attached for me. It still needs a lining to make it fit for purpose, but at the moment it is holding the wool my Gran gave me to practice with.
There was some yarn left over which I managed to just squeeze a pen pot out of, which I did in the same way and even attached the bottom myself. They may be a bit wonky but I'm very proud of my first attempt. In fact I was so proud, and enjoyed making them so much, that I might have gone a bit mad and bought these:
Should keep me busy for a while!