It was like a miracle, how easily everything came together in my life in order to make this happen. It was completely the right decision for me. And the good part is, you guys all benefit by it too! Better patterns, and better tips! Yippee! So, once a week, I'm going to share a little bit about what I'm doing in 'school' (it's a study-at-home, mail-in-my-swatches-and-projects program) and hopefully I'll have a new and interesting tip or two.
This program is split up into 3 parts. The first part is designed to help you become a rock-star-awesome crochet teacher. That's the part that I'm taking right now. I've got 35 swatches to complete, plus 4 projects, a test, and a report. I'm setting a goal of completing the program by Thanksgiving.
|Some of my swatches, labeled and ready to go!|
I got the first 7 of my swatches completed this week. I blocked them, which I hope was the right thing to do, and I've gotten them labeled and ready to mail off to England today. Apparently, the judging is pretty tough, so I'm nervous.
|Blocking was fun for the whole family! I wet the swatches, wrapped them in a towel and then had Mims stomp on them to help get the water out without wringing or twisting them.|
But now that I'm sitting down with my hook and yarn, wanting so badly to get 'Excellent' marks on all of my swatches, I am forcing myself to follow Pauline's instructions to the letter, and not slip into my 'lazy crochet' techniques. I discovered that I've been so wrong about so much of what I do! Crocheting 'the right way' has resulted in some of the most beautiful work I've ever produced.
For example: I usually crochet into the back loop of the foundation chain. I like it because it makes a neat edge that's easy to crochet into if I have to do an edging. What I don't like about it, though, is that it leaves a small gap in the edge that isn't uniform with the rest of the crochet piece.
Now, because I'm me, I dismissed this as just the way the first row of crochet looked. Besides, crocheting in the back loop looked much better than when I crocheted into a side loop of the chain...
I didn't know you were supposed to go through BOTH loops in the chain! Do you know what happens when you crochet into both loops?! It creates a beautiful, perfectly uniform first row, that matches every other row in the piece. And you've still got that back loop available if you have to add an edging! Zoh my goodness! My life is transformed!
I am sure that all of you Dynamo's who learned to crochet in your 20's or 30's are laughing at my 'discovery'. I would be too, if I wasn't so excited about it! Seriously, I am filled with delight every time I think about it.
|Waiting to go to the post office!|