I learned to crochet when I was a little kid, after my Nanna taught me to stop me being bored. I kept it up for a few years, then ditched the hobby for more 'exciting' ones when my teenage years came along. Fast forward 20 years, I have a teenager of my own now, and after being made redundant a couple of years ago I needed something to revive my creativity. Inspired by my step-daughters, erm, interesting approach to a crochet giraffe I decided to take the hobby back up, and headed off to my local craft store for hooks and yarn. My first project was a tiny blanket made of hastily (and badly) stitched together squares. My second project was this, with over 1000 tiny squares (anyone who knows me will know I am a person of extremes!).
Since then I have rarely gone more than a few days without working on one crochet project or another, I crocheted the wedding favours for the younger guests at our wedding and have spent many an evening either working on a project or planning my next one (or sometimes both).
Rosie's Granny taught her all sorts of wool and needlecrafts as a small child, and she distinctly remembers lots of projects (a yellow 'thing', a Snowman, a pink square and a scarf). When a period of ill-health knocked her for six Rosie started looking for a hobby, and revisited knitting and crochet. After trying and failing to combine her love of giraffes with her new found hobbies by crocheting a giraffe from a kit, she turned to knitting for a while instead, making a bunch of farm animals, before getting frustrated with the look and feel of knitted animals. I was back into crochet in a big way by this time, so offered to help Rosie learn to crochet. The rest, as they say, is history. Almost two years later, Rosie's giraffe remains unfinished, instead she chose to design her own range of crochet animals so that they could be exactly as she wanted them. There are 26 animals in her Built By Boo range so far, and she has patterns and kits available in our shop and two others in surrounding areas.
Debbie's history with yarn goes back to a childhood where her mum was always knitting, and Debbie was taught to knit and sew at pre-school age, from finger knitting to making a scarf with old-school yellow plastic needles. After a brief foray into knitting 21 years ago, trying and failing to make a pair of bootees when expecting her eldest daughter, Debbie pretty much gave up on knitting and instead enjoyed cross-stitch and embroidery.
When Rosie and I started to crochet at high velocity a couple of years ago Debbie decided to give knitting another go. With chunky wool and large needles Debbie loves making scarves, hats and blankets. She also sews up any toys or crochet projects that we make, as apparently Rosie and I are not very good at it! She made me a large blanket for on the sofa at night, it's gorgeously warm but not stifling, I love it and everyone gets jealous of it.
It's hard to ignore yarn in our house, and other family members have got the wool bug too. My daughter Jess took up crocheting little characters, from her favourite movies, or Debbie and I on our wedding day.
Being in a yarn shop every day certainly isn't going to make my project choices any easier, I've got so many ideas for many of the yarns we have in, finding enough hours in the day is my main problem.
So, that's our yarn story, what's yours?
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