Not Knitting and a Potentially Crazy Idea
OK, I had a Potentially Crazy Idea the other day and the longer I think about it, the less crazy it seems. Ever since I started with a little crochet (the Star Flowers scarf), I've been getting comments from people who had never done crochet, never considered crochet, but seem to like what I'm crocheting - or at least the idea of what I'm crocheting - and are now at least thinking about possibly at some point learning which end of a crochet hook is the business end. On the other hand, I know what my WIP's pile looks like and I have an ever growing list of "want to do's" and I'm sure that most of you are in a similar situation and the idea of learning a whole new craft just seems silly. Is this sounding familiar to any of you?
I've mentioned before that while I am doing two crochet projects right now (The Babette and the Stripy Bag) and I've completed the Star Flowers scarf, I really only know how to do two or three things in crochet. (I can slip stitch, chain stitch, and double crochet - that's it.) For all three of these projects, that's all I've had to learn. Basically, I'm crocheting, but I don't really know how to crochet. I guess I'm like those people who learn to cast on and learn the knit stitch, but never learn how to purl so they crank out endless garter stitch scarves quite happily. If I want to make something that involves another stitch, I have a book that will explain it and I'll learn it when I need to, but for now, I'm happy with my extremely limited skills.
So here's the crazy idea. What if those of you who were on the fence jumped off with me and those of you who are in a similar boat (as far as crochet skills go) joined me and we all got together and formed a group for people who are crocheting, but don't really know how to crochet? I'm kind of thinking Ravelry would be the best place for the group, then we could link to patterns that only involve the limited stitches we know (who knows, we might never get beyond double crochet), we could share our favorite books that teach us the limited stitches we use, we could share links to online tutorials and You Tube videos showing us exactly how to make the stitches, we could ask the most Galactically stupid questions about crochet without fear because none of us really know what we're doing, but we could all figure it out together. It would be the blind leading the blind, but we'd have pointy hooks and yarn and it would be fun. We might even be able to con a more experienced crocheter into joining the group and then we could pick their brain and ask them questions (until they run screaming into the woods one day wearing nothing but their nightgown and a single cowboy boot at which point we'll have to trick another experienced crocheter into joining our group, but we can cross that bridge when we get there.)
Anyone up for this? I'd need a couple more people to help me moderate this thing and we'd need a banner and group tag picture thingy (there's nothing more sad than a Ravelry group with no picture - don't you think?) which I don't know how to make. If you're interested in the group, leave a comment. If you'd help out with moderating the group or could help with the graphics we'd need to make it look like a real group, PM me on Ravelry - I'm PinkLemon. If you think I'm out of my ever-lovin' mind, it's probably best you keep that to yourself, I've heard it before. So, Crochet for People Who Don't? What do you think?