Learning is a process and everybody has a different way of gaining knowledge. Even with crochet.
For some obstinate reason, I was not open to my Grand-Mere’s crochet tutoring. The young age I presume. Now having quadrupled that [age] number, that I have acquired some maturity and boosted my interest, I tried to find books with by-me coherent explanations. Oh dear … The vocabulary, all those diagrams, the explanations: all Chinese to me. Very discouraging.
But I was suddenly at a stage of my life where I really wanted to learn. Guess what? I was soon going to turn into a Grand-Mama myself! My next option was to find online help.
Before clicking on the video page, I went through all kind of lovely pictures of finished arts. Just what I needed to exacerbate my desire to create something. Quick.
Next I found myself googling all kind of crochet-related videos to find the best ‘teachers’. It was hard because some ladies (there are some very talented guys too) were holding their work in a way that was difficult to see with precision what they were doing. Or some were just there to listen to themselves or talking nonstop nonsense instead of focusing on the topic. Did you guess? I am very hard to please.
Finally I found some – for me – good teaching materials. And I went on and on. I was frogging as much as I was building. Let’s put that on the learning curve.
Recently, I went to Barnes and Nobles and stumbled on this big ‘crochet‘ book by June Gilbank. Part of the series Idiot’s Guides. I immediately felt attracted to the book and took it home (after seeing the cashier). However, I was undecided about its purchase and reluctant to open it. I didn’t like the books before … After a few days of rest on the dining table, I gave it a go and got hooked. [this is not a commercial for the book by the way].