I constantly travel with my trusty crochet bag. And while I am out in the world people will stop and watch for a while and sometimes offer comments or compliments, almost always followed with some variation of “I wish I could do that!”. I was that person for years. I had wanted to learn to crochet since I was around 8 years old, but it wasn’t until 20 years later that my husband and my sister both bought me crochet supplies for Christmas, and my current passion was born. My sister taught me the basic stitches and I was off. And by off, I mean, randomly stitching and hoping something came of it. My very first scarf attempt ended up as a triangle.
One of my best friends bought me a couple of beginners books, and they helped a TON. My favorite is Teach Yourself Visually Crochet by Cecily Keim and Kim P. Werker.
This book goes through all of the beginning stuff, like different ways to hold your hook, basic stitches, and learning things like reading patterns and charts. As you progress it also teaches you things like measurements, garment making, and great troubleshooting for common problems. I am a very visual learner, so all of the pictures were a big help. And if you are a visual learner like me, Youtube is a great resource as well. Tons of great videos (and honestly, some not so great ones, but if you sift through you will find the good ones) on pretty much every item, pattern, stitch, or technique you could possibly want to learn.
I started out making little sample squares so that I could test out different stitches and techniques, and before I knew it, I was making baby blankets. That summer we had seven babies born in our circle of friends and family, and I used that as an excuse to make a ton of new items!
By the time all of those babies were born, I had people from all over the country telling me that I should sell my items. It took another year, but I finally decided to take the plunge, and Funky Fox Creations was born. I started out small, traveling around Iowa to countless craft shows with my sister to try to get my name out there. Fast forward a few years and I am shipping items all over the country and the world!
So, what is the point of this whole post? Don’t spend time wishing. If you see me out and about, have a seat, and ask some questions. I’m always happy to answer questions, and I almost always have an extra hook and yarn. Whether it’s crochet, or anything that’s been on your wish list. If you want to learn to do something new, do it! You never know where it will take you!