Next Generation of Crocheters and Knitters...I'm In!!!

Okay, I admit, I'm an Old School Hooker. Maybe I should put that another way...I don't want you to get the wrong idea.
Let's just say I've been crocheting and collecting crochet from right around the time Acrylic Yarn made it's debut on the Commercial Market.  I know you want to know when that was....here's the link to...Acrylic, It's Old, It's New, It's Everywhere.
I first learned to crochet in Mrs. Browning's homemaking class.  I was a disaster with those little bitty hooks that any Egyptian MummyMiester would have been proud to own. 

And that teeny tiny string!!!!  It was pre-dental floss!  You can just imagine how excited I was when Worsted Weight Yarn and a size J Hook came out.  I could finally make something that laid flat.

It wasn't until much later that I decided to try Crochet Thread and Steel Hooks with numbers.   I collected vintage books like the 'Crinoline Lady in Crochet' and tried my hand at Crochet Edgings around pillow cases and dresser scarves.   So for years, I SeeSawed back and forth between Crochet Thread and Yarn until I became a Knitter and a Yarn Snob...I appologize Acrylic Yarn, but I do love the feel of bamboo, alpaca, merino and all those fancy yarns.

Which brings me to my PhD #2....with PhD being Projects Half Done out of  100% wool.   Here are my Marsh Felted Slippers...with the Knitting finished and they are still a PhDone....

I still have to go through the Felting Process before I can get 'Full Credit' for them. Right now they would fit 'BigFoot' or the 'Jolly Green Giant'.  

This will be my first time to throw my knitting in a tub of hot water with a pair of jeans, and I don't mind telling you it's kinda SCARY!  I plan on giving myself ExtraExtra Credit towards my PhD...unless they end up fitting my grandson.  He's three!!!

Then there is my Third Credit PhDone!  I'm back to Crochet with this one, but as a Yarn Snob!  Another 100% Wool that will be Felted.  Only I'm not going to be the one throwing it in hot water.  I'm leaving that up to SusanB who is an experienced Wool Felting Yarn Snob. 

Not only does she have experience felting, but she is light years ahead of me as a knitter, crocheter and needlepointer.  You can see her beautiful work at Seduced By Yarn.

I've Crocheted many of these Baskets and found them to be great for holding YARN and all kinds of other things...like Diapers.  Yep, I made one into a Diaper Tote. 

Here it is in my SuKnitWitty Ravelry Projects  

Here it is on SuKnitWitty Blog Crochet's The Way...For Diaper Totes Times Three.

Here is the PATTERN on The Purl Bee.

Marsh Felted Slippers Pattern....FREE on Ravelry.
Marsh Felted Slippers by Claudia Olsen

I guess you can tell I'm still SeeSawing between  Crochet and Knitting!  More times than not I find myself using BOTH on many projects.  Like the Slippers where I crocheted a ruffle around the top and chained ties for bows at the back.  It's a great way to avoid having to weave in the ends. 
It took me awhile, but I finally got Pinned!
And, what FUN I am having with The Next Generation of Crocheters and Knitters!
These Gals are Taking Crochet and Knitting to the Next Level....You Go Girls...I'm All In!!!!


  1. I am so in awe ! It is fascinating to me that anyone can create these amazing things out of thread, yarn etc.

  2. I can relate to the yarn snob thingy,I love all the pretty yarns available now. I've just knitted 12 scarves,yes 12,because I loved the combination of rainbow colours in this new yarn where you knit into the holes creating a frilled scarf with only one ball. I love to crochet too,although not great at it. Soooo, I'm following you on pinterest to see all the lovely goodies you create. Can't wait to see the felted slippers finished :)

  3. Good hooking there, Ms. Texan! Glad you still have those old books for crochet.

  4. I had dolls my moms friend made for my oldest daughter years ago out of dish detergent bottles! The crocheted dresses was magnificent! She also made fabric dresses and those dolls were so lovely! I wish I had such a terrific talent! Smile!


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