First Steps

Just as a baby takes his or her first steps, crafters take their first steps in the creative world.  And like a toddler falling over and over eventually learns to navigate with their new mode of transportation, a crafter learns by making mistakes over and over until eventually she masters a craft.  With practice the toddler is on his way to explore a new world and the crafter opens up to herself a new world of creativity limited only by her imagination.

I wanted to share with you a couple of first steps for me in the yarn world.  I learned to knit and crochet when I was young but put away the needles and hooks to raise a family.  Back in 2006 a devastating ice storm hit our area of the country and the needles and hooks came back out for good.  Below is my first attempt at knitting socks.  I am very pleased at how they turned out but if you look close, the heals do not match.  I really didn’t understand the instructions for the first sock and then figured it out for the second sock.  No, I wasn’t about to rip out the first sock to correct it.  I am not that much of a perfectionist.  Besides nobody knows my error except you and you won’t tell, right.

First Socks - Self-Striping
This very basic pattern for these socks was found on the Red Heart wrapper on the yarn.

My second first is what they call a CAL, short for crochet along.  This is where you and several other crochet enthusiasts join a group online and crochet the same pattern.  You have the option to crochet it as instructed like I did or you can put your own twist on it.  Being my fist CAL I thought I better follow the rules.  I don’t do that anymore but love to be in a group doing the “almost” same thing.

First CAL-Crochet Along
This is a Pattern from Lion Brand yarn – Moderne Jacket

Have you ever done a CAL (crochet along) or KAL (knit along)?  Would you like to?  Let me know and maybe we can get one started.

Happy Crafting!

Sonya Kay


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