UPDATE: My crocheted creations are now available on etsy!!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/WhoMadeTheCake
I am a Pinterest addict. When I first was introduced to Pinterest, I wondered, “why would anyone use this? It just makes me feel like I’m not doing enough.” After a few minutes though, I was hooked. The next thing I knew, an hour had passed and my boards were filling up fast. I pinned everything from crafting and cooking to style and gift ideas. Much of my meal planning is a direct result of pinning on Pinterest. It’s funny because I actually now think of Pinterest as a time saver. How weird is that?
With a my Pinterest pinning, I have come across a number of crocheting ideas. I have been crocheting for many years. My grandmother first taught me how to chain stitch when I was only 4 or 5 years old. I quickly progressed to crocheting small blankets for my dolls and stuffed animals. Scarfs soon followed. I loved watching the ball of thread transform into something new. I would watch my grandmother working on a new pattern for an afghan and she would teach me how to create it too.
Fast forward several years. I came across a darling crocheted angel Christmas ornament. I thought to myself, “I could make this. I’ve crocheted for years.” I ordered the pattern and when it arrived, I was shocked. What is this? It looks like it’s in another language. Because my grandmother always explained how to complete each project, I never learned to read a pattern. It was quite the wake up call. My grandmother had passed away, so I couldn’t ask her about it. I called my mom to vent about my apparent ignorance and she confessed having similar problems with complicated patterns as well. I eventually got through that angel ornament pattern, but I was so frustrated through the whole process I couldn’t bring myself to make any more.
Fast forward a few more years. I was still crocheting, but only the tried and true old patterns that I had created over and over again since my childhood. Patterns so familiar that I never had to look in a book or reference the back of any yarn labels.
These patterns were ingrained in my memory and I preferred it that way, but this new Pinterest thing was bugging me. I found all these great new patterns and finally I convinced myself to try again. Armed with trusty Google, I worked my way through a simple hat and flower pattern.
My confidence with crocheting grew exponentially. I saw my friend Kendra pinned this great scarf pattern on PInterest. It was a scarf designed to look like a fox. Too cute! I thought about making the scarf as a gift for her because I knew she didn’t crochet.
After I thought about it for a while, I thought I’d really rather make an opossum scarf instead of a fox. Anyone that has met my friend Kendra know that the is OBSESSED with opossums. She loves them! Have you ever tried to find opossum stuff? It’s not easy. I searched high and low for an opossum scarf pattern. Maybe I could make my own opossum pattern. I was too intimidated to design a pattern from scratch. I purchased the fox pattern from http://www.etsy.com/listing/77751829/pdf-crochet-pattern-for-fox-scarf-diy. I changed the colors of the scarf and redesigned the nose/face, ears, legs, and tail.
I realize that the market for an opossum scarf is probably pretty small, but Kendra absolutely LOVED it. It really turned out great. Now I feel that I have the tools to create more of my own patterns in the future. Yay!