I still can not do this

hsfg's picture

as per the crochet blog it is not easy to do some of the crochet things I have found. Those who look down on crochet are just uninformed as to the many things that can be done in the art of crochet. Here is a sample !

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2manyhobbies's picture

My grandmother lived with my

My grandmother lived with my family growing up, and she had crippling arthritis - she could no longer walk and her hands were very much misshapen. But, she could still hold a crochet hook, and she did all of this fine lace crochet work with cotton yarn. I have a couple of pillow cases where she crocheted a lace boundary on the borders, and I love to take them out an look at them, because they remind me of her. In fact, she was the one who taught me how to crochet when I was a child sitting on the edge of her bed.

But, I haven't crocheted anything seriously in many years. I guess one of the primary reasons I moved away from crochet is that much of the interest for me comes from making wearable garmets, and after several attempts at crocheting sweaters, it just seemed like crochet wasn't very suited to constructing menswear. Although I would be delighted to see examples that contradict that. Even for afghans, knitted items to me often seem more comfortable and draping than the crocheted counterparts that can have a hard, knotted feel. So, I admit to a bias against crochet only when it's trying to do something that knitting could do better.

MMario's picture

I like taking the fine

I like taking the fine crochet work and doiing it in heavier yarnws with larger hooks and converting it into nice warm but lacy throws.

michaelpthompson's picture

That is way cool. My wife

That is way cool. My wife was just telling me how her grandmother used to crochet lace like that.

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"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy

claude's picture

The mind boggles just

The mind boggles just looking at the complexity of the design you posted.
Back in France I used to know old little ladies who was doing this sort of lace/crochet work for pennies a yard. All those skills have died with the modern fashion industry. Thanks god there are still some crochet enthusiasts who are doing it as a hobby or in the name of Art.

Tom Hart's picture

I saw a very old book at the

I saw a very old book at the San Francisco Public Library on Irish crochet. There was some really amazing stuff in there. The most amazing though, was a long Victorian wedding dress made entirely of crocheted lace. A real work of art it was. A masterpiece....

MMario's picture

There is a book out there in

There is a book out there in a canadian online library called "Homework" which has many many fine corchet laces.

QueerJoe's picture

Irish Nun wannabe

Irish Nun wannabe here...love the fine lace crochet. Only wish that the fine crochet hooks came a bit longer, as the butt of the hook always digs into the fleshy part of my palm.

Tom Hart's picture

If you go to

If you go to tapestrycrochet.com, Carol Ventura has a video there about how to make a handle for your crochet hooks from polymer clay. It's a clay that will bake hard in a kitchen oven. You can make the handle to custom-fit your hand. It's pretty cool.

teejtc's picture

I have the same problem with

I have the same problem with short knitting needles - I knit up a pair of BrooklynTweed's mittens the other day with 4-inch needles and it drove me batty.

Have you checked out Steelite hooks (by Susan Bates)? I'm not a crocheter (and don't care for Susan Bates' Tatting shuttles so this may be a useless recommendation) but I believe they're 6" compared to the 5 or 5 1/2 inches that many other hooks are and I know they go up to at least size 11/12. (oy they're tiny.... I can't count how often I've impaled myself using size 13s for tatting joins.....)

Grace and Peace,
`tim

Steve, not only have I done

Steve, not only have I done crochet like that, I really enjoy doing it. I do not know if that is weird or not. It is just so thought-consuming. You just get lost in the work and design. Give it a try. I want to give tatting a shot soon.

And, Bill.......SURPRISE! :-)))

GreggC

Bill's picture

Gregg...I had no idea you

Gregg...I had no idea you were a nun!

Well, Bill, you never asked.

Well, Bill, you never asked. Crazy guy! :-)

GreggC

Steve, not only have I done

Steve, not only have I done crochet like that, I really enjoy doing it. I do not know if that is weird or not. It is just so thought-consuming. You just get lost in the work and design. Give it a try. I want to give tatting a shot soon.

And, Bill.......SURPRISE! :-)))

GreggC

Bill's picture

Steve...you can only do that

Steve...you can only do that if you're an Irish Nun.