When I first started this learning project for ECMP355 I wasn’t really sure how my project would turn out. I had no experience with crocheting EVER! I honestly couldn’t tell you the difference between crocheting and knitting! I mean I didn’t even know crocheting used hooks instead of needles until a colleague and friend of mine brought a hook and yarn into work for me to get started on this learning project before my first post. Oh, but what, didn’t I tell you that I had once tried knitting! Well, that is most certainly true and I attempted to make the most beautiful scarf. But the resulting product fell way short of a scarf and it was the most hideous creation ever made!
Back to my crocheting project! Taking into consideration my past success with knitting (cough..cough.. ) I mean failure, I thought I would set an ambitious goal in my first post. I set out to create a newborn hat and a set of newborn booties.
Now just to make sure everyone understands the scrutiny I faced from my friends, family, and colleagues for crocheting, I thought I would show you a few pictures of me in what they see as my natural habitat.
Now I can’t blame them for having a little fun at my expense, but if you couldn’t tell I am kind of a hands-on learner so crocheting is really not all that different from my hobby. But let’s get back to crocheting!
This learning project was not only challenging but also taught me how much of a visual, and auditory learner I am when it comes to hands-on activities such as crocheting. For this project, I really sought out youtube videos to help me with difficult stitches and of course to crochet my hat, and booties. For the hat and booties, I used the Sewrella.com website. This site was by far the most useful site that I used during my learning project aside from youtube to refresh my memory on certain stitches. I also enjoyed the videos created by simplydaisy on youtube and her crocheting tutorials for beginners. These videos really taught me the basics of crochet, and without these basics, I obviously wouldn’t have been successful with my project. Lastly, the site thewhoot has a lot of great resources to learn crochet but I found the mobile site to be difficult to use. This project also taught me the power of technology in an educational context. There are a lot of resources available as a result of the internet and technology in general. It is wild to think that I can learn anything from something as small as a cell phone or computer, anywhere in the World.
I also follow simply crochet, major crafts, The Crochet Crowd, and inside crochet on Twitter which is nice to give me inspiration and energy to crochet and will help remind me to continue to crochet once this course is complete. I also followed a fellow classmate and crocheter Lila Gaertner as she has been creating some fantastic pieces of crochet.
To wrap things up for this learning project I wanted to show my collection of crocheted items that I have done throughout this learning project to highlight where I started (the blue small patch, to the blue hat and boots!) I still need to make the matching blue boot for size, and also crochet a set of boots and hat in pink but now that I have the skills I should have no problem accomplishing that.