Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tied Up In Crochet
Over a decade ago I purchased a tie dyed tee shirt. It was a rainbow of colors and I just loved it. Many weekends and vacation days were spent in that shirt. Natalie liked it when I wore the shirt because she could spot me in a crowd. I was disappointed that after a decade of hard wear my beloved tee shirt gave up on me ripping out under both arms. I was thinking about tossing the shirt, but remembered my friend Suzanne was teaching a class on how to make tee shirt yarn and crochet it into a basket. I knew in theory how to make the yarn so with my fancy scissors Lenora gave me and a ruler I cut my shirt up. I ended up making a ball of very colorful yarn and a need to learn to crochet a basket.
First I want to say I am a knitter, not a crocheter. There is nothing wrong with crochet, I just have limited skill in that arena. I do have a desire to be more proficient with a crochet hook, but not really the drive to practice the skill. Here was an opportunity to get my crochet on and spend some time with the always patient Suzanne.
I ended up doing a 1 on 1 class with Suzanne and she got me hooking along. As you know I am a go big or go home kind of girl and after I finished my ball of tie dyed tee shirt yarn I realized I wanted a bigger basket. Suzanne congenially offered to cut up a second shirt for me with her speedy rotary cutter saving me from the slower scissor method. With the second ball and more help from Suzanne I finished up my lovely, crocheted basket. I know it is not perfect and working that size P hook was awkward to my knit trained hands, but I still have my old tee shirt repurposed into to something else I will love. Thanks Suzanne!