As you may or may not know I am a self taught crochetier. I started about this time last year from when I had such a disaster teaching myself to knit that I had to go out and buy a crochet hook to help picking up dropped stitches in a scarf I was making… now knitting is history and crochet rocks my life… but what’s a goose got to do with all this you ask.
Look carefully at the gooses face.. its full of questions… have you any bread for me?? have you any wool for me?? have you a pattern link for me or a tutorial??? Questions I’ve asked and keep asking again and again.
Ok, so now I have your attention. ..
For those of you with little or no knowledge of crochet, wishing to improve skills or learn, I would suggest YouTube…. there are a whole load of tutorials on there but I have to admit my favourite Crochet Guru would have to be The Art Of Crochet by Teresa Richardson.
Videos with Teresa are FANTASTIC for learning, reviving skills and for challenging even the most experienced crochetier. Teresa teaches anything from very basic crochet, to Tunisian crochet and 3d flowers.
Her website … crochet mania is just as good offering written patterns with help videos. Linked here
My other favourite on YouTube would be Mikey… you’ll find him on the net with his Crochet Crowd .. beware you will be dazzled by this guy! He knits, crochets, looms and has a section on “extreme crochet” for the brave. Give yourself a treat and look him up
Link up here
Now for written pattern links…
There’s crochet central.. although little old fashioned, its poor photos leave a lot to be desired but with an open eye it could be utilised for effect. All if not most patterns are free.
BUT.. my latest and most valued source for patterns, with images, photos and valid comments from real people working with the patterns has to be Ravelry.
Ravelry is free to join, 80% of the patterns are free and instantly available to download.
You can find guides, books reviews and a fantastic array of photos of the same pattern used by hundreds of people, crocheted and individually interpreted by them… and isn’t that the wonderful thing of crochet
One pattern, a hundred ways to make it all come together………
Ravelry can even direct you to local crochet/knitting circles in your area, advice about events and offers through local shops.
Register with Ravelry free on here http://www.ravelry.com/ to get your hands on some gorgeous patterns, exchange ideas and compliment your Flickr account.
So, have a look and let me know what you think………………..
Ps.. The geese photos were taken today at Roath Park lake whilst waiting for Richard to finish at the physio.. it was freezing and Alex refused to get out of the car but the geese came to us instead 🙂
Next week, tutorial….. lots of hugs xxxxxxxxxxxx