How I Became a Hooker


Now, before I go any further, and in case my mother is reading this, I want to make it clear that this has nothing to do with illegal or unsavoury activities, although I very much hope it will have something to do with earning money.

crochet-hooks-356752_640Towards the end of last year, I flicked the channel on the TV and happened across Kirsty Allsop in Kirstie’s Homemade Home.  I’d never seen it before, but has read lots of Facebook comments about it, so decided to watch.  It was the one where Kirstie tried (somewhat unsuccessfully) to get to grips with crocheting.  I liked the idea of being able to make boxes, amongst other things and thought “how hard can it be?”

I was heavily pregnant and getting the urge to be creative on behalf of my baby, but hadn’t picked up a pair of knitting needles since I was a brownie.  So I decided to give crochet a go.  A couple of days later, I went to my local wool shop, chose some cheap wool, bought a crochet hook and asked the woman how to crochet.  She showed me some basic stitches, gave me an instruction sheet and told me to go away and practice, then come back and she’d show me how to make a blanket.  Well, that didn’t go well – I got bored doing strips of stitches for practice, so moved straight onto making a cot blanket using just basic stitches – not fancy patterns and lovely colours, but a blanket none the less.  It didn’t take me long, and by the end of it, I had a good understanding of what I was doing, and more importantly, I was completely hooked!

I searched the internet for patterns, bought all kinds of yarn and made three baby hats, a cardigan, loads of flowers (some of which I turned into brooches), a pair of black sparkly gauntlets for my step-daughter, a hoody for my nephew and half a hat for my older step-daughter (which is still only half a hat.  It defeated me and I went and bought one for her from Monsoon instead!).  Whilst in hospital waiting for Sweet Pea to arrive, I started another blanket.  I find it so relaxing to sit of an evening and crochet something.

I decided this might be something I could turn into cash, if I could make a plan.  I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of months now, trying to decide what I would crochet and what might make a profit (rather than spend weeks making something spectacular only to find people can’t or won’t pay enough to make it worth it the time!).  I have a plan.

I love bags.  Tote bags, hand bags, all kinds of bags and don’t have nearly as many as I would like, since my husband doesn’t understand why I would need so many bags and curbs my spending.  So, having found and bought lots of patterns for all kinds of bags, I’m going to set about crocheting bags.  Lots of bags.  Hopefully, I will follow through on the second part of the plan and sell them too, otherwise I’ll be in trouble!

By the way, I soon found I was hooked on Kirstie’s show too, and watched every week.  She cost me a fortune in materials because there were lots of crafts I wanted to try.  Gold leaf pictures are great and I loved making some for Christmas presents.  She’d better not make another series, or I’ll be bankrupt.

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