Confession: I’m a Hooker (and proud!)

Welcome to my confessional. Yes, I am a hooker. I got started when I was in college and I haven’t looked back. Hey, you have your hobbies, I have mine. I mean, it’s addicting! Looking up new techniques, scouring Pinterest for inspiration, making things for my friends and family for fun and profit…This would probably be a good time to mention that by “hooker” I mean “I crochet”.

I love it! It’s very calming (when I don’t run into massive tangles, that is) and it gives me a sense of accomplishment whenever I finish a project (especially when I’ve used a new stitch or finishing technique). I taught myself how to crochet through YouTube videos and a skein of really terrible yarn. No one I knew could help me, in fact I taught my mum. My first project (and several after that) was the simple, dignified Granny Square blanket. Just one big square of fuzzy warmth. Since then I’ve come a long way and I thought I would share my latest creation with you 🙂

So I made a lacy Christmas angel for my mum for her birthday which is coming up fast. My sister and I usually buy her an angel every year but times are a bit tough this year so I thought I would make her one instead. The original pattern is here and is by Lora Johnson. I tried my hardest to stick to the pattern but I much prefer visual ones so mine is wearing a big ball gown instead of the classic cone shape. Not sure what I did, but I find it beautiful. Anyhoo, this is my first lace project that I’ve actually been able to finish. My patience has improved!

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So here are all of my pieces. Pretty darn proud! The angel seems to be able to hold itself up well without needing to be starched or anything, so I thought about leaving it be. In the end, though I went with the cornstarch method. Again, trying to master new techniques!

collage_20141120153024087_20141120153053402And here is everything throughout the starching process. I didn’t really have anything perfectly shaped like I wanted for the angel to rest on but I found a water bottle lid on top of an old candle container worked surprisingly well. Pro tip: USE PLASTIC WRAP. I tried this on a little patch to see how it would work if I didn’t and it took a lot of persuasion to get it off the glass. Plastic wrap just makes things so much easier.

And that’s my latest creation! Sorry I don’t have any finished photos, it’s still drying. I’ll post the assembled angel when it’s dry!

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