learning a new skill

and I’m completely thrilled about it!  I have wanted to learn how to crochet for a long time.  When I was younger I learned how to knit from my Grandma Galli, my adopted Italian Grandma.  Nothing fancy, but I learned how to knit and purl.  I’ve always thought that was fun, but hadn’t really pursued it.  about a year or so ago I fell completely in love with those crocheted little flowers.  You see them everywhere, but I wanted to learn how to make them.  I tried asking 3 different people who knew how to crochet, but their skilled fingers were just too fast for my untrained eyes.  I tried buying a few teach yourself to crochet books, but those were difficult for me to follow, so I gave up.  until last week.  My girlfriend KJ posted a link to some crocheted flower patterns and I thought, those would be cool to make, too bad I don’t know how to crochet. (bang head again) then I also started reading this incredible blog the purl bee and I came across this beauty.  I fell in love with that scarf.  in all it’s golden yellow happiness. sigh. if only I knew how to crochet.  I looked at youtube and lo and behold. the perfect crochet teacher for me. a video tutorial for each and every crochet stitch I’ll ever need to know.  If you want to learn how to crochet, give this lady a chance.  You can watch it as many times as you need and she does regular speed and slow mo. I love it.  so I have learned a few stitches and I gave it a try. and guess what? I made my first crochet-flower, ever.  She’s not perfect, but I love her anyway!  I’m working on counting my stitches more accurately.


and of course I had to try my hand at the scarf right? since I live in Hawaii and it was 93 degrees the other day, right? I know, my head doesn’t always work logically.  I really wanted to order the yarn in the demo project, but OUCH! it’s silk. and $29 a bunch or roll or ball or whatever you call a bunch of yarn.  and it takes 3 colors. I thought it best not to spend $90 for my first project. instead I’m working a cheaper practice one.  I’m in the third row so far.


and lastly, i ordered some goodies last week or so and they came in. I’ve been coveting it for a while… baker’s twine.  I tried to buy it locally, but no luck finding it here, so I ordered. look at the pretty colors. it makes me happy. I just want to tie lengths on my wrist. is it silly? probably. but I don’t care! blame it on maria. i too love brown paper packages tied up in string. hee hee!


I bundled these up to send to my mother in law and I also packaged some up for my RAK winners.  I also got some fancy crochet pins. ahhh, the pretties make me smile.

I hope you’re doing well.  We’re ending up our school year tomorrow.  I have to make some cards to thank our teachers (again) this time personally from our family..> We really lucked out with teachers that nurture and lead our boys, and for that we are thankful.

Love Love and Blog you later,

Joscie, rhymes with Bossy!

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9 thoughts on “learning a new skill

  1. YaY for crocheting! a few of my GF’s and i learned how to crochet in college, the fad was making “beenies” i also tried my hand at making a blanket for my niece when she was born, its 1/2 finished but she’s 6 now! oi! dont give up like me! BTW the flowers are ADORABLE! i <3 them!

  2. You are so talented!! So happy to see your work in my Memory Makers that came today! I’m a military wife also in this area – let me know if you ever give a class or anything as I’d love to come!

  3. Hey my friend….I am so glad the post sparked you to try & make some too, they are really easy hey, once you get the hang of the basic stitches. Martha did some beaut’s in bright colours, she posted a pic of them on her blog. I can’t wait to pop over to the link you posted :o)
    Just saw your pages in the newest MM mag…gorgeous doll! I see those cute faces & know they belong to you hehehe!
    Happy scarf crocheting…I look forward to seeing the final product.
    Kimmi xxxx

  4. Crocheting, finally something I know how to do!! Love that scarf and might try my hand at one also at some point.

    I’ve seen a lot of the crochet flowers around and am wondering what you will use them for, scrapbooking, cards etc.?

    You sure have a lot of talents. Keep up the good work.

    Northern VA

  5. Hi Joscie- watch out with crochet!!! It will demand more time and money and you won’t be able to stop!! I am on my 3rd ripple stitch blanket . Check out Posy gets cosy- she has brilliant crochet stuff and lovely photography. It has been almost a year since we visited Hawaii and were able to follow your shopping suggestions. I would love to send you some Aussie wool for crochet to say thanks. LMk what colours you like best and I will post them off to you!

  6. Congrats on learning. I love crocheting, too.
    If you want to make some tiny flowers for cards and pages, try the flower pattern with DMC floss and one of those tiny metal crochet hooks, they come out really cute.

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