So here is a little story how and why I started to crochet. I moved from the beautiful City of Vienna where I was born and raised to the northern part of Sweden about 10 years ago. From the big city to the countryside. I started to learn the language and tried to find new, more constructive ways to spend my time. That was the time when I started to knit. There was a wonderful yarn shop in the little town I was living and the owner guided me through the world of yarn and knitting techniques.
So I became a knitter. A little later I did some kind of internship at a place for elderly people where they could spend thei daytime and have a healthy way of employment. It was a wonderful place where people with mental issues could have a good time without the pressure of being productive. A free, safe space where the stuff always encouraged the healthy, the well functioning side of each and every individual.
One day I was sitting in a corner during my lunch break, knitting a very simple and easy scarf. An older woman came to me and started to laugh out loud, saying :” Martin, what is that? Why are you knitting? You will never be a good knitter…” I first thought that she was referring to my gender, but then she continued: “Crochet! It is very clear to me that you are a crocheter! And if you want to, I am going to show you how it works….”
And that was the beginning of a wonderful teacher – learner relationship which ended with a full size granny square blanket we crocheted together.
And then they lived happily ever …. stop, stop, stop!
The Story is not over yet . Because even if the woman was totally right and I really got addicted to crochet. Now almost 9 years later, I have a new agenda. I am going to prove this lady wrong. I picked up my knitting needles again and really trained a lot to get my stitch accuracy straight. And now I think I am ready to explore this wonderful craft even more….
As you might have guessed I am going to use Scheepjes Merino Soft and Scheepjes Metropolis for my next little project. I still have to figure out the perfect gauge to get the sizes straight but I think I am on the right track.
So many colours. So many possibilities. Let´s see where this will take us…
Those of you who follow my blog know that I have a cooperation with the wonderful people of Scheepjes. For a long time I thought that Scheepjes is a very new brand. Their color ranges and yarns have in my opinion a very modern touch. But actually Scheepjes is a very old family company based in the Netherlands with a very long tradition of producing yarn.
This year the company is celebrating their 165th anniversary. They decided to produce a very limited edition mug and lucky me got one! I really have to admit that I do not only hoard yarn but I became also a die hard Scheepjes mug collector.
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More from up north coming soon….