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Yarn Obsession Springboard Crochet Project

Yarn Obsession Springboard Crochet Project

 

This is my husband. This is my husband modeling his scarf. This is my husband modeling the scarf I made him before we were married . . . Yes, and he still married me! This is my “Springboard Crochet Project”!

My crochet story began when I met my husband’s grandmother. She is a crocheter, knitter, painter, paper beader, quilter and so much more. When I met her she was in her late 70’s and had raised 8 children! I was inspired so I decided what my new hobby would be. I announced to my fiance “I’m going to learn to crochet, and I’m making you a scarf.” That was about 10 years ago.

True to my word I made the scarf you see in this photo.  It is my very first project and it is, to this day, in our house and my husband still wears it proudly! It’s exciting that it’s still around, but now and then I’m tempted to take it apart to re-do it “better”. My husband won’t hear of it! He loves his scarf and he doesn’t care that it’s got flaws.

What flaws? Well, If I were to make this scarf today, it would be the same width all the way down and not “varying widths” as this one is. Why? Because I know what the stitches look and feel like and that I need to go all the way to the end of the row. There were places when I missed a stitch and “decreased” when I shouldn’t have and then “increased”, without realizing. Also, at the end of the color blocks, I’d leave a tail and weave in the ends. Back then I didn’t know about “weaving in ends” so I just cut the yarn as short as possible and left it at that. When I ran out of yarn, midway, I’d tie a knot and keep going (I still do this sometimes because I hate to waste yarn, but I’m much better at hiding it). Finally, I’d put a border around the whole thing to give it a “finished” look. Whenever I look at this scarf, I feel like I have more work to do. . . .

The beauty of having a project like this around constantly is that it reminds you of how far you’ve come. Sometimes I feel like I’m not growing, then I look at a project I did two or three years ago and realize that every day I pick up my hook and yarn, I’m growing. I call it my “springboard” project because it is the one that started me on the path to where I am today in crochet. That first or second or third project is important because every time you look at it, you can feel good about the progress you’re making.

 

I’m sure I’ll always have the urge to “fix” my husband’s scarf, but I’ll always suppress it since it’s nice to have a reminder of how far I’ve come. Besides, if my hubby can wear it proudly, it can’t be all that bad!!!! 😉


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Comments

  1. I enjoyed your story on the scarf I also did something like that only I made a sweater in knit it is really hard when u first start knitting to count the rows when I finished I was told that one sleeve was longer than the other. It was given to a friend of mine and to this day 34 years later he still reminds me of how I had made the sleeves for some one with different length arms. It has become a joke. Over the years I have learned to use circular needles and work both at the same time taking care of the problem.

    • I’m sorry I didn’t respond earlier! I love your story about the sweater! It’s so much fun to look back and see how far we’ve come isn’t it?! The best part is that the person will always remember even if it wasn’t perfect! LOL

“Hi! Just wanted to say that you did a GREAT job of explaining the HDC (half double crochet) edging for a single crochet blanket in your YouTube video. Thank you so much! God Bless” - Donna M.
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