So disappointed!

(72 Posts)
belindarose Mon 29-Oct-12 20:31:08

I've decided to learn to crochet. Have read blogs, watched tutorials, become inspired.

Yesterday I bought practise yarn and a hook.

I have just sat down for the first time today - toddler and baby asleep, DH working late.

I have the video to follow on the iPad. I have a ball of yarn. I have sent the dog to bed.

And I must have left the crochet hook at the till yesterday.

sad sad sad

Mathsdidi Mon 29-Oct-12 20:32:59

That's a pain.

I lost my crochet hook yesterday (and the hat I had just finished). I can only assume toddler dd2 has picked it up and 'hidden' it somewhere. I bought another one today because it's easier than finding the other one blush

Crochet is impossible, anyway.
I have a theory that only certified witches can do it, as it is all magical and mystifying.


Have you looked down the side of the sofa?

belindarose Mon 29-Oct-12 20:35:36

Well, there is always the chance that the toddler has secreted it somewhere, but I don't think she had access to the bag. Oh well. I'll have a bath instead. Chances for those are rare too.

belindarose Mon 29-Oct-12 20:36:33

Don't tell me that, norks. I've convinced myself I'm going to be creating masterpieces by Christmas!

Impossible, I tell you.
I have achieved gorgeousness in EVERY single craft I have ever tried (not even a stealth boast, just the TRUTH)

Crochet left me baffled and sad. DD and I went to a course at my local knitting shop, because I thought 'this is daft, I MUST be able to do this' (arrogant)

DD got it straight away and was merrily rolling her eyes at her stupid mother, wearing the dunce's hat and needing the tutor's attention every three minutes.

Witches, All those crocheters. They have magical powers hmm

belindarose Mon 29-Oct-12 20:43:40


Mathsdidi Mon 29-Oct-12 20:48:21

It's not magic, it's much easier than knitting (and quicker for those of us with limited patience).

Dd1 is 13 and can crochet, not masterpieces yet but she's crocheting a scarf that will be wearable.

No magical powers needed grin. You WILL be creating masterpieces fairly soon maybe not by Christmas though.

Look on the bright side. I have a load of crochet hooks I can send you. PM me your address and I will send some witchsticks pronto smile

maths is clearly asmile

Mathsdidi Mon 29-Oct-12 20:53:00

I might be a smile but don't tell anyone wink

belindarose Mon 29-Oct-12 21:31:35

Really, norks? Thanks. You will be the first recipient of a....


Phacelia Mon 29-Oct-12 21:33:48

Oh no, no,no. Crochet is easy peasy. Easier than knitting. It just seems hard until you get the hang of it. Honest. I taught myself of youtube, and if I can do it anyone can.

Such a bummer about the hook though. I keep losing mine.

Phacelia Mon 29-Oct-12 21:33:59

off youtube

blisterpack Mon 29-Oct-12 21:41:39

It can be done if you have this. Honestly, read the reviews, adults are using it. My 10 year old learnt with that. I am a sewing dunce though so don't get it

Witchsticks on their way!

I have more if anyone would like some! Have sent a variety of sizes to belinda but still have duplicates. I had some mad idea of teaching children to crochet for jewellery making in my after school club, so I bought tons in the charity shop.

Silly norks blush

belindarose Wed 31-Oct-12 16:36:25

Thanks for the witchsticks, Norks. DD was impressed by the giant bubbles wrap too.

Armed with the book recommended by blister, I am ready to start...if I ever get a spare moment.

Await your gift...!

No gift needed...but may Halloween be an auspicious day to start the witchery smile

bruffin Wed 31-Oct-12 18:26:32

I never got crochet either. Have managed fairisle, aran and all sorts of complicated knitting, but never managed to crochet anything other than a square.

belindarose Wed 31-Oct-12 18:36:26

Oh but I'm making my first creation for you! It's going to be...umm...really good, I'm sure.

LFCisTarkaDahl Wed 31-Oct-12 18:42:57

I've said this before and I'll say it again - I can make candles, soap, knit, do all manner of crafty shit.

And I can't crochet in any way, really - no way at all.

I started a thread on it 4 Christmasses ago on Christmas day after dh bought me 'the happy hooker' - lots of well meaning and only slightly piss taking mumsnetters tried to help.

They got nowhere grin I'm completely fuckwitted in this department.

belindarose Wed 31-Oct-12 18:44:14

La la la, can't hear you

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Wed 31-Oct-12 18:57:18

All you "I can't"ers need to come and sign into the Hotel Crochetfornia, we'll soon have you hooking up a storm

ignores own total inability to knit

Love from,

Your Friendly Mumsnet Crochet Witch grin

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Wed 31-Oct-12 19:37:29

I agree, only the supremely talented are able to crochet.

Not talent...witchcraft.

purple you intrigue me and scare me a bit...I might stick my nose in and be brave.

belinda you are a sweetheart and I am looking forward to your crocheted model of the taj mahal that I KNOW you are making for me

I would love to learn to make flowers for brooches etc (am a jeweller) that is my goal.
All I have ever achieved with total accuracy is a chain. My Yorkshire Terrier could have managed that sad

Mathsdidi Wed 31-Oct-12 21:15:16

Where do you live Norks? If you're anywhere near Carlisle I could come and teach you.

I'm very patient grin. I have taught some of our most cack-handed year 7s to crochet ok looking granny squares. If they can do it, so can you!!!

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:21:56

I'm very unscary too pregnant to waddle onto my broom at the moment and we have cake wink

I'm also very southern for lessons, although it'll have to be this month if I'm to guarantee meet ups. Otherwise hire me someone to do piecework for you...

FlamingoBingo Fri 02-Nov-12 07:48:53

Crochet is very forgiving, so in a way much less scary than knitting. Go for it!

Norks, if you're serious, I'd love your hooks. Am often teaching groups of kids/adults at home thingies to crochet and some spare hooks would come in very handy smile I'll PM you if you're still wanting rid of them.

FlamingoBingo Fri 02-Nov-12 07:58:24

Have pm'd you twice, norks as iPad told me it hadn't worked! Let me know if it you don't get it smile

Flamingo THANK YOU
Pigj you are a chochet goddess, but I think you have enough on your plate without dealing with me smile

PurplePidjin Fri 02-Nov-12 08:27:20

I'll be stuck on my arse with a hook for the next month or so, need something to keep my brain alive wink

PurplePidjin Fri 02-Nov-12 08:29:03

Plus, MrsY's blanket was handed over to Pistey on Wednesday so i just have Christmas pressies and fun stuff on the hook now

8Pidj* i am trying to PM you but it's gone loopy. I can REPLY to PMs, so would you kindly PM me?

PurplePidjin Fri 02-Nov-12 16:47:44

Did it work?


Ooh maths, I'm in carlisle will you teach me?! grin

sashh Sun 04-Nov-12 23:04:25

Maybe I am a witch. I can crochet and I taught a left hander to crochet.

Mathsdidi Sun 04-Nov-12 23:07:52

wait I will happily teach you. Pm me and we can arrange to meet up. It will ahve to be a weekend as I'm at work all week, and I might need to bring my 2yo as well (depends on dp's plans)

TuftyFinch Sun 04-Nov-12 23:16:35

I'm like Norks, I have such lovely pictures in books of things I want to crochet. But. I. Can't. Do. It. It drives me insane. I can knit (scarves, but still), I can sew, everything else crafty but I just can't crochet. I let the dog have the last thing I attempted. I want to whip up a natty flower in a spare 15 minutes or squares to make a blanket. A want a kindly folk to teach me. Whilst we eat cake and drink tea.

PurplePidjin Mon 05-Nov-12 08:05:35

Tufty, my approximate location is on my profile. Any use? I'm on a bit of a time limit what with being 36+3 but I'm sure we can sort something out grin

Lovely flamingo is going to take me on as a sort of charity challenge if we can ever find a day to meet up.
she is a very brave witch smile

PurplePidjin Mon 05-Nov-12 21:14:09

Yay grin

FlamingoBingo Tue 06-Nov-12 07:00:30

grin hardly charity when we have a fair energy exchange planned smile anyway, i like teaching crochet!

PurplePidjin Tue 06-Nov-12 08:31:37

It's fun. I do it for cake <cheap hooker>


if I EVER manage to meet flamingo I will bring cake too.
How come we are both soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo busy. i thought my life was pretty empty

FlamingoBingo Wed 07-Nov-12 12:42:07

Cake?! Yum! smile

solittletimeandsomuchtodo Sat 10-Nov-12 20:42:50

Norks I was exactly the same as you. Just don't get it, teacher couldn't get me to get it.
Would like to though and might try again in the new year!

TuftyFinch Sat 10-Nov-12 23:10:31

Purple, I'll have a look when the horses are here to power up the laptop! Very kind offer, although with your imminent arrival I'm sure you'll have more than enough to do!

PurplePidjin Sun 11-Nov-12 08:46:51

You have pm, tufty, that only requires Hammy hamster in his wheel wink

Latonia Mon 12-Nov-12 07:07:52

One time I lost a crochet hook - found it when I sat down one day and the hook went through my finger! I was too squeamish to pull it back through, so went running out the front door and asked the first person I saw (neighbour's husband) to pull it out while I buried my face in his shoulder. Don't think his wife was too impressed smile

Daisybell1 Mon 12-Nov-12 09:56:20

Maths and Wait I'm in kirkby Stephen - could I join you too?

SoupDragon Mon 12-Nov-12 15:40:49

Latonia - at least you didn't sit on it...

Mathsdidi Mon 12-Nov-12 17:25:38

Daisy - I'm happy for you to come too as long as wait is. I'll pm you this evening.

I have just read your kind offer. Sorry, didn't mean to ignore you smile

Anyway, OP, how's it coming on? Can you crochet yet?

belindarose Wed 14-Nov-12 14:12:10

Ha, see, you're waiting for your present, aren't you?

DD's bedroom is littered with 'blankets' of varying quality for her Sylvanian Families and her imaginary dogs. I can do single and double crochet stitch - just rows. Haven't learnt to follow a pattern. Waiting for the 4 month old to learn to sleep as I can't manage to ctochet whole holding him.

You have seen rough my fiendish plan smile

Actually, I am going for my lesson with lovely flamingo on Sunday, so wanted to see how you are doing. It seems you can properly do it wink so I have a target!

belindarose Sat 17-Nov-12 08:30:49

Hope you get on alright with your lesson tomorrow, norks. I'm a bit stuck - the problem with having no one in real life to help. I'll post on the hookers thread.

I DID IT!!!!!!!

Flamingo is mega patient and I have a teeny tiny Christmas wreath and a bit of cream something-or-other.

I am happy smile

belindarose Sun 18-Nov-12 15:30:48

Yay! I want to make a teeny tiny Christmas wreath too! I'm bored of dolls' blankets...

KnottyLocks Sun 18-Nov-12 15:37:12

That makes you a witch then, Norks grin


flamingo showed me some things she had made which were as far away from what I can do now as a stroll with the dogs is to marathon running.

I saw her broomstick smile

But then I came home and it all went wrong sad

Have made three spectacular messes and my hands have turned into baseball mitts.
Will try again tomorrow.

NotAWitchNorks sad

belindarose Sun 18-Nov-12 20:03:35

A really weird thing keeps happening with me, norks. I try something repeatedly one evening. Go to bed annoyed, but the next evening I can do the new thing easily! So I think it may well be witchcraft after all...

Or perhaps flamingo has an enchanted sofa, so when I sit on it I can crochet.

Or maybe, she kept correcting me when I made a bollox of it

FlamingoBingo Mon 19-Nov-12 23:40:00

<parks broom>

Right, first things first - the first rule of learning a new craft is, as you must already know - DON'T SAY YOU CAN'T DO IT!

Secondly, now you can trust you can do it, tell me what's going wrong. You did plenty of fantastic stitches when I wasn't even looking, let alone correcting, so it was nothing to do with me, and everything to do with you smile

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 07:24:04

Catherine Hurst on YouTube : slow, simple explanations . She taught Pistey smilesmile

KnottyLocks Tue 20-Nov-12 08:13:04

Sorry, should be Catherine HIrst, not Hurst.

yes flamingo

FlamingoBingo Tue 20-Nov-12 19:33:50

How are you getting on now, norks?

Have been working (both jobs today) until 8pm sad
Am taking witchsticks and wool to bed

PurplePidjin Mon 26-Nov-12 04:57:06

<waves pompoms belatedly>

FlamingoBingo Mon 26-Nov-12 10:41:31

I want to know how Norks is getting on!!!

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