Monday, 15 November 2010

Hooked on Crochet

We spent the whole weekend harvesting olives again and on Saturday night we had our first sample of the new oil from the olives we harvested last weekend. We toasted bread on the fire, added a smidge of garlic and salt and then drizzled it with olive oil. Buonissimo!

Despite being so busy the past few weeks I've still managed to fit in some crafty time. My mother-in-law has been teaching me how to crochet. At first it seemed like the most impossible thing. I tried to copy my mother-in-law's quick, neat turns of the hook but my fingers lacked any kind of coordination. However, once I decide I'm going to do something I don't give up until I succeed. So, I spent a whole evening in battle with the crochet hook and finally I got the hang of it. And now I'm hooked! Every spare minute I get my work out and do a few more rounds, I've even been dreaming of crochet!
I've spent hours looking online for patterns of things I can crochet. The only trouble is, since my mother-in-law taught me I now know how to crochet in Italian and these English patterns are all Greek to me!
Have a nice week x x


18 comments:

Daydream Living said...

Hi Sarah Elizabeth,
The first photo looks so great! And it's so nice to have someone who can teach you how to do it, I know it but to use a pattern is more challenging for me. Looking forward to what you will make more. Byebye!
Maureen

International Woman of Mystery said...

Nice! I could never do that... I'm so not a crafty person. Good job!

Loree said...

I used to crochet when I was a little girl. I wonder if I still know how to do it.

Jill said...

The crochet items look lovely, but the photos are great too! Good camera work. Especially that first one. Good subject placement. And one day, I'm going to come steal a bunch of that olive oil. I had fresh pressed in Napa Valley this summer and there is nothing like it.

staci said...

Your bread and fresh olive oil sounds absolutely delicious!

Beautiful crochet...it looks like you've got the hang of it!!!

Ellen said...

I would like to learn to crochet and knit. I should make it a goal for the year 2011...something new to learn. I wish my Nan was alive to teach me. When I was younger I had no interest in her teaching me. :( Still...there is hope and a chance. Now to find the right teacher!

Ica Images said...

this is too cute and made me smile :) crocheting love :) i love it alot!

McCarthy Designs said...

Well done for perservering, I would've given up ages ago. xx

Sarah said...

My granny taught me to knit when I was young but I can barely remember how now, and certainly not how to start or finish!

Well done for getting the hang of crocheting. It's a useful skill to be handy, and you're never without something to do. Idle hands etc... ;)

Signe said...

Oh wow, it just sounds like you are living a dream!

'harvesting olives again and on Saturday night we had our first sample of the new oil from the olives we harvested last weekend. We toasted bread on the fire, added a smidge of garlic and salt and then drizzled it with olive oil'

That just made me swoon! I was just in Italy this september and it was amazing :)

Hugs,
Signe

mice_aliling said...

I used to crochet back in high school for home economics class. I'm sure I can still do one. The weird thing is I actually don't understand how to read patterns so what I used to do was freestyle. Of course it didn't turn out great. They end up crumpled...lol

Sara Louise said...

From the photos it looks like you're doing quite well so far! And the fireside bread and olive snack sounds simply divine x

LindyLouMac said...

There is nothing like that first tasting of the new seasons olive oil :)

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vintch said...

oh olive oil:) i'm totally jealous of your fabulous culinary adventures and ability to knit such lovely things!

Shamozal said...

Hi Sarah,

I have just discovered your blog and love it! I think your home is just stunning and I am sure it's not just me that is envious of your renovating project. Great pics. I've just become your latest follower. Come over and say Hi to our little Shamozal at 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle. Kirsty (Shamozal)

Sini said...

I should continue my knittings and learn new things, it's hard between french,english and finnish as I have been learning it in all 3 languages!

Carla said...

HI Sarah Elizabeth, lovely photos of your chrochet work, i am sure the finished product is just as beautiful. CArla