Crochet is sweeter when you share!

Alec Nessmith and crochet cat

Last year, I made a kitten crochet doll for Rebecca, one of my dance students. Her little brother, Alec–pictured above, wasn’t even born yet. And she very sweetly let him play (briefly) with her kitten doll, which she named Emily (after me!) Her mom posted a picture on Facebook, and I had to ask her to let me share, because I couldn’t resist the cuteness!

Here are some WIP pics from the original post. Click here for the link to the full post, where you can find pattern information, etc.

rebecca's kitty face in progress

kitty face 2

kitty with ears 2


Narnia: the Ballet and Crochet Robins


Here I am (on the left) at the cast party for Narnia: the Ballet with the three lovely ladies who play the Robins. The Robins welcome the Pevensies to Narnia and bring them to the home of Mr. & Mrs. Beaver (me and my great friend Benjamin).

Their moms asked me to make each of them a baby robin as a show gift. Here is a close-up:


Pattern by MysteriousCat

They have named them Cheep, Chip, and Chirp. So cute!

Better pictures to come! My friend Mady is taking pictures for me now… Whimsical Makes is moving up in the world!


A Crocheter on Knitting

I read a very cool book called Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (not an affiliate link) with all of these beautiful, quirky essays about how knitting helped the various writer connect to their pasts, to new friends, to their pets; to grieve lost loved ones and discover new depths to their patience and characters.

I started shopping at this awesome little store called Northfield Yarn, where everyone is a knitter. I met not a single fellow crocheter.

And I began to feel as though I should likewise learn to knit. That somehow it was morally superior to crochet.

And behold, Northfield Yarn offered knitting classes. I already knew (sort of) how to knit and purl, but had no idea what to do beyond that, so I signed up for a hat making class, geared towards beginners (rather than brand new newbies).

God bless the patience of my instructor–I think her name was Vanessa. She was very encouraging and helped me start over (several times) and never questioned my difficult (idiotic?) choice to knit my very first project on metal double points. Why, oh why did I not buy a circular needle?? Any circular needle–anything to keep those tiny little stitches from sliding of both ends, unbeknownst to me.

Some things I learned about myself:

  1. I cannot read the illustrated diagrams in those books that teach you how to knit. I needed hands-on instruction, to watch someone else do it and then help me fix it when I inevitably screwed it up. Vanessa had to completely re-teach me how to cast on because I had learned it wrong by trying to follow the directions in a book.
  2. I am extremely stubborn. Once I had started the project on those slippery double-points, I was going to finish it that way, dropped stitches be damned.
  3. I did not feel any higher existential joy from knitting than I do from crocheting. In fact, I found the whole experience rather frustrating (although this is almost 100% certainly my own fault. See #2 above).
  4. I am still proud to wear my very imperfect hat. I worked hard on it, and I am proud that I tried something new and challenging, and stuck with it. And I hope that one day I will have the same grace and patience with myself (and others) that Vanessa had with me.

So I am glad that I did it, and I don’t think I have laid down knitting needles forever, but for now I will stick with my crochet hook. Even¬†though sometimes¬†I¬†feel like a crocheter in a knitter’s world.

My first attempt at knitting: the "Barley Hat" pattern by Tin Can Knits, a pattern line they designed for beginners.

My first attempt at knitting: the “Barley Hat” pattern by Tin Can Knits, a pattern line they designed for beginners.