|This is my "I'm No. 1" pose.|
But then, on Wednesday night, I decided I was going to throw all of that hogwash out the window and at least look at a pattern for a toque. I figured, I'd give it a try and if I really couldn't do it, I'd go back to making my go-to headbands.
My inspiration for taking a step toward the unknown is Alycia from The Curious Pug. Each month she posts a new project for her Crochet Along project. And, last month was a toque. I saw it at the beginning of December, but at that time I wasn't quite ready to commit to this whole trying new things idea, so I forgot about it. Then the other day, Alycia posted her January project, which is a bit more complicated than the toque. And, I thought, "If I'm ever going to join this amazing project, I better start with the easy projects and work my way up with the group". So, I went back to the toque pattern she had posted... only to realize there was no hope in hell I'd ever be able to read it.
I could have quit there, thrown up my hands and said, "Nope. Too hard." But, instead I decided to hit up the YouTubes. I found myself an instructional video and I made myself a toque and, before the night was through, I made another one. So, now Ian and I each have a handmade toque to sport, and I couldn't be more proud.
I seriously feel like I'm ready for anything! I might even give Alycia's latest project a go. That will require some book learning, though, so I can figure out what "2 DC into each stitch, slst into top of the first DC, ch 2. (16DC)" means. But, I figure, I can totally do this. If I can make a toque, I can read a pattern. I got this shit under control!
Anyone out there know where I can find an awesome article or site devoted to crochet lingo? Hook a sister up! (HOOK a sister up. Aren't I clever!!?)