This is a guest post by Shelby Edwards of The Denver Lark. I heard she was headed to Aurora Sisneros’ shop Fabric Bliss to learn crochet, and she agreed to write a post about her experience. Sounds like Shelby has a new hobby!
I got the itch to learn something new and start crafting again. I signed up for the 2-hour Intro to Crochet class at Fabric Bliss.
Aurora is a great teacher. She would teach us one type of stitch through repetition, then have us unravel our work to start the next type. I felt way less pressure (from myself) to be perfect because I knew it was just practice. After the first hour, I was able to start recognizing when something was wrong. I was slowly beginning to see how to go back and fix the stitch I missed or hook the correct loop. It’s weirdly satisfying to know how to fix your own mistakes.
Knitting was too difficult for me (when I tried 10 years ago) and recently I’ve stuck with paper crafts or cross-stitch. I was really nervous about becoming a frustrated train wreck in public. As a beginner, it was so exciting to understand the basics of the craft. I had a few moments of frustration with an audible grunt or deep sigh but then it turned into exhilaration as I finally began to get it. I saw the loops, my fingers were cooperating, I remembered to ‘yarn over’.
Once I felt solid on the basic stitches, it was finally time to start the cowl pattern. I only got a few rows done of the pattern before class was over. When I got home, I got right to work. Single crochet, double crochet, single crochet, double crochet. It was so exciting to see the cowl appear before my eyes.
1. That shop is so cozy. It felt like I was being welcomed into Aurora’s home as a friend. Eases a lot of nerves when trying something new.
2. I’m really glad I bought two more balls of yarn before I left the shop. I’m addicted!
3. Crocheting is a very good outlet for me to think differently, work with my hands, and escape the research/reading nature of my work life.
Big thanks to Shelby for reviewing the Intro to Crochet class at Fabric Bliss! I can’t wait to see what she makes next.
Also, full disclosure, I don’t benefit from this blog post but I do occasionally work at Fabric Bliss, believe in Aurora’s business, and want her store to do well!