Jazzy The Hooker....... Finally


I've wanted to be one for a very long time, ever since I was a child in fact.

I even had some instruction on it  in school, a kind of a taster to introduce us to this age-old craft. I didn't take to it then although I did take to another related discipline. In fact I became quite proficient at that. Mostly thanks to my mother who was very good at it herself.

I was particularly smitten when my Godmother presented me with an item of clothing when I was a child, that really had me hooked - if you'll. pardon the pun. I really looked the part in that dress.....

Over time I've forgotten about this ambition of mine, until late last year when I started paying for some weekly instructions. I've really taken to it this time around, perhaps because I am more mature now? I even spend some Saturday night's doing it at home. Mr Jazzy and Teen Boy don't object, I just take myself into the sitting room to indulge in my new found passion, leaving them in peace.

I really wanted to do it when I was pregnant too but.....












Oh..... wait a minute..... when I said 'Hooker' ..... you didn't think...... Oh no, no, no. no.... I'm not talking about that age old craft! No, not at all. I mean the other age old craft - the craft of crochet, people: crochet!! What are ye like?!










See, I really wanted to crochet a christening blanket when I was pregnant on Teen Boy, there were so many impressive patterns for crocheting. I eventually found a suitable knitting pattern and made this intricate blanket instead:



But I never gave up on my ambition of being a Hooker and now, thanks to the weekly publication: The Art of Crochet I have become quite a proficient Hooker! I still love to knit but am really enjoying crochet too.

It is a great way to learn as each week you crochet a square, learning different stitches as you go, that will eventually become a blanket. At €4.95 per issue it will arguably be the most expensive blanket ever! I've completed 30 squares to date as you can see from this:



I also had to learn to embroider, something I hate
and am not very good at so don't look too closely!

You also get an interesting pattern or 2 every week. A measure of how well you're learning how to crochet, or to knit, is how you can break away from basic instructions and follow a pattern. By week 3, thanks to my knitting experience, I was able to make these:



And here's what I'm working on now:




I'm doing well but week 32 has me totally stumped. The people at Hachette Partworks aren't being very helpful so I now call on all  you more professional Hookers out there to help me decipher! It simply doesn't make sense to me. Can you figure this out?


                                  It's step 4 to 5 that's the problem. I don't think they explain it properly. 
                                                  Trying to create this 'Mock Cable Square':




Meanwhile I'll carry on, the weekly patterns have given me lots of ideas for various projects which will keep me very busy and out of trouble. While hands that do crochet can still sip wine, they are less likely to dip into the crisp packet ;-)

I'll leave you now, a very versatile Jazzy - who went  from being a Hoofer to a Hooker, in 3 easy steps!



xx

20 comments:

  1. ;)

    Both my grandmas crocheted, and I learned from them. I wish I'd kept it up. It's never too late, though, right?

    You're doing wonderfully well with it!

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  2. :Shelly: It's definitely never too late! I gave up on knitting for a good few years but took it up again when I was pregnant with Teen Boy. It's like riding a bike, it never leaves you.

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  3. Oh my goodness - you made that blanket? It's fabulous - I'm pretty useless at crafty things like this, although I've always wanted to get back into knitting. At my soon to be local cafe, they do a 'stitch and bitch' night every Monday evening - think I might go just for the name alone! BTW, I really loved the title and beginning of this post - really made me laugh! XXX

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  4. @Older Mum: Yes, I did. It was painstaking and whiled away many a sleepless night before Teen Boy was born!Thank you, it's been out on loan once or twice since and I'm keeping it safe, hoping it can become a family heirloom. Glad you got a giggle, I couldn't just do a serious crochet post now could I?!!
    I would DEFINITElY join a group with a cool name like that!! Go fot it, I can just imagine the fun you'll have blogging about it!!

    Thanks for you comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  5. Good for you. I've just finished a big crochet project ans whilst it's great to have my life back for a bit (it can be addictive) I miss having something to do with my hands. Love the jacket.

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  6. Ha! My grandmother was a hooker too ;) Enjoy, and I hope you get that step figured out as that pattern looks intricate. xo

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  7. Very impressive - not so much 'desperate' housewife, more like 'talented' housewife :D Well done xx

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  8. @Midlife Singlemum: It can be VERY addictive! Oh, you must share a photo....I'd love to see your finished project :-)

    @Tanya Savko: See, it's not so old fashioned after all, when even Grandmas were hookers ;-)That stitch is wrecking my head! I'm convinced they've left out one word or one sentence that would make sense of it all.... or perhaps I need to llo at what they've written differently? I have tried though....

    @Looking for Blue Sky: Why, thank you :-)xx

    Thanks so much for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  9. Wow! That first blanket is just gorgeous, and the rest is just as impressive. I am completely useless at things like that! :D

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  10. @BavarianSojourn: Thank you! Just something trivia;l about me you didn't know. And I bet you have other talents/interests that will amaze me....

    Thanks fot your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  11. I've waited a loooooong time to say this: You are an AWESOME hooker.

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  12. @Lizbeth: haha..... and I've waited a loooong time to hear it!! it' the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me!!

    Cheers :-D

    xx Jazzy

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  13. Look at you! So impressed. My daughter has tried a couple times to teach me to knit but I am just a hopeless case of 2 left thumbs and no talent or patience.
    By the way, did the title of today's post attract more traffic than usual?? :)

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  14. @AlongCameTheBird: Oh it definitely requires patience! Can be quite calming when you get the hang of it.
    Surprisingly no, it didn't! But that's probably a good thing ;-)

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  15. Wow! Interesting stitch. Actually the instructions make sense to me. But I'd need to show you face-to-face so to speak...

    You are doing wonderful! This Hooking Business is great in your hands ;-) And it's so relaxing isn't it?

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  16. @NanP: Thanks Nan. I get most of it but when I do it it doesn't look quite like it's supposed to! I am misinterpreting one tiny thing I reckon. Happened another week too but a youtube video made much more sense and I was sorted. You're right, I need to see someone doing it.... I guess we'll just have to meet up then eh? Any excuse!!

    Being a hooker it is very relaxing indeed ;-)

    Thanks a mil :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  17. Nice one, Jazzy. It's great that crocheting and knitting are still going strong. I love what you have made and it really is a good skill to have. My Gran did teach me both although all I can do now is some really basic knitting. x

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  18. @Bright Side of Life: Thank you! I gues some take to knitting/crocheting and some don't. Just like some take to sewing/baking - skills that I definitely don't have! We all have something we're good at and enjoy :-)

    Thanks for your comment.

    Thanks also to my fb experienced crocheting friend who got her hook out and tried to follow the instructions above. Like my attempt, it didn't quite work out.

    I wish 'The Art of Crochet' people would reply to my email....

    xx Jazzy

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  19. Oh good god you had me worried then!! LOL I'm very envious of your hooking abilities, i'm an avid knitter and have tried teaching myself to crochet but I really need someone to teach me properly. Love the look of your blanket hun -well done :)

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  20. @mum in meltdown: Hehehe!! I'm quite an avid knitter too. You should have bought these magazines too, or perhaps signed up for some crochet classes?! Or jut stick to the knitting, nothing wrong with that!

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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