I <3 Crocheting

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By TMC17, one of the really difficult decisions I had to make was what morning session I was going to attend. The math teacher in me wanted to attend Cal Armstrong, Bill Thill, and Peg Cagle‘s Rich Tasks Morning Session. The “I wanna play math” person in me wanted to attend to attend David Butler and Megan Schmidt‘s Mathematical Yarns Morning Session. (Recap: Rich Tasks wonBut, I really wanted to learn how to crochet.

Tina Cardone organized time in the evenings to learn crochet and help work on creating a square that would eventually be assembled into a blanket and donated (I forget to whom). So, I thought I would work on learning crochet that way. I tried to learn. I really did. But I’m not sure if my brain was really ready for it Wednesday night of TMC and Tina had a specific way she was teaching crochet and for whatever reason, it just wasn’t clicking for me.

I wanted to give up. Not a frustration I wanted to have during TMC. But, my grandmother used to crochet and I really wanted to learn.

(Here is the blanket she made for me as a high school graduation present:)

By Saturday night, I had decided that I couldn’t give up. The Mathematical Yarns group had displayed their creations (thanks to Sam Shah for sharing this:) and my curiosity was really piqued. So I sat down by Megan and asked for help. She got me going in the right direction. Both she and David gave me some ideas for patterns and off I went. I kept working on learning single crochet on the way home from TMC and got the rhythm of crocheting.

 

It has been a lot of fun. Crocheting has been therapeutic for me in a busy time. I can get into the rhythm and just work the yarn.  It has been neat to see what comes out when I am done. As I am crocheting, my mind thinks of other patterns to try with the specific yarn I am working with. I want to learn more, starting with another stitch than single crochet. I would love to find someone who can help me in person (maybe one of the older ladies at my church…). I am borderline obsessed with crocheting. So far, here’s my yarn collection as proof (although the yarn in the upper right (starting with the 2 circles that are arranged vertically I had from trying knitting):

Here are some of the pictures I have as I have crocheted.

If you are interested in the “how to,” here are some links:

David Butler’s Prezi

Math and Fiber

#mathyarns

 

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