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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Not Knitting and a Potentially Crazy Idea

I know, I told you I'd have knitting here today, but I changed my mind when I started making little, tiny squares for The Babette yesterday. Here are 5 new ones that haven't had their ends woven in yet. (By ends, I mean the beginning and ending ends. When I change colors I crochet over the ends to work those in, so I just have to trim them down.) I haven't checked my square count lately for The Babette, but I know I'm not there yet.

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?

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Blogger Jen Green said...

I would love to join a group like that!

10:45 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Just responded to you on Ravelry. GREAT IDEA, Melanie!

11:01 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Love it! Sent you a message on Ravelry.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Yarndude said...

I think yes! I wouldn't have the time to moderate though...

11:31 AM  
Anonymous denisecopeland said...

Wonderful idea!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be game, but I currently know NOTHING about crochet. Carol

1:33 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

I'm in. Definitely - I play at crochet, but have little idea of what I'm doing!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I think it's a great idea, but as I already know how to crochet, I won't be joining you. However, I have one note for you:

Shells. You will love them.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Helen said...

I'd be interested in joining a group like this! Sounds fun!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Although I am in similar (crochet) circumstances, I don't use Ravelry groups much... but I thought I would pass on a tidbit I discovered not long ago: watch the origin of your crochet patterns, as the British patterns use the same terminology but it means something different than we think! If you need more info, I'm knittinginpublic on Ravelry.

5:05 PM  
Blogger William said...

Funny you should bring this up as that was really why I was browsing around. I need to get some update on which stitch is which. Count me in. William

5:52 PM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

I think it's a great idea. Don't count me in, though ... holding a crochet hook cramps my fingers (and my style). But my daughter, Joy, might be the one willing to run screaming through the woods. She knows crochet patterns and stitches. She's teaching my 11 year old granddaughter. Good luck - I'll watch for you on Ravelry.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Robby said...

This would be a good time to mention I was poking around on Rav looking for a crochet group today, no?

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crochet bug has been nibbling at me, too, although I haven't the faintest idea why I need another obsession! It would be great to have others to learn with, as I'm only good with chaining & the occasional SC border!

Carol from IL

7:41 AM  
Blogger thinlady said...

Love the idea! Tried the Babette before and quit! Karen

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

I LOVE to crochet--only been doing it for a year, but one little hook, one stitch--what's not to love? My skills are limited too, but a great beginner project with huge results is a massive granny square in Noro sock yarn--looks amazing!! Looking forward to joining the group.

6:27 PM  

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