I have been branching out in my crochet recently, and am excited to have learned some new things. My friend Clare taught me how to do Granny Squares, so I have been doing lots of them. Different sizes and yarns, and beginning to find out how to do different types. I have made a blanket for a doll-for the daughter of someone at work, which is what you can see in my header. I have made them out of delicate sock yarn, and more chunky stuff too, such as this cheap and cheerful acrylic which came free with a magazine. For acrylic it is very soft and quite nice to work with.
My next new discovery is filet crochet. It is squares forming a mesh and is very easy to work. You can leave the squares empty, or fill them up, forming patterns or pictures. This is my first go, so I have just made some blocks but I can't wait to try more. This is a very fine alpaca, and so is taking quite a while (it is going to be a scarf). I would like to try it with a thicker yarn next.
The next stitch I have learned is fishnet stitch. So easy! Basically just chains joined together by single crochet stitches at regular intervals.
A James Bond villain is trying to muscle in on my crochet time, but I won't let him!
This is the way the end of our sofa looks at the moment, as a result of all the crochet experimenting. Oh dear!