Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge The Letter C - Hooks and String

It's April - That means I will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

I will be posting six days a week for the month of April - (with a rest day on Sunday).
Each post will begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet beginning with A and finishing with the letter Z.

I began participating in this challenge in 2012.   With the exception of last year, I believe I completed the challenge each year.   Last year I lost steam somewhere around the letter W.
Let's see how far I get this year.


I've been crocheting for 40 plus years.  I started when I was pregnant with my first child, Jennifer.
I became interested when I saw the beautiful items my mother-in-law made.

I think the first thing I learned to crochet was the "Granny Square".  And at the time mostly grannies were the only ones crocheting.

I've made many afghans over the years.  My most ambitious project was this one.  It's pretty cool, don't you think?

It is made up of granny squares.

Each square is about 3-1/2".  There are 17 squares across and 17 squares down.  Which means there are 289 squares.

There is one odd square.  Can you spot it?

It's kind of amazing what one can create with a hook and string.

When I first started crocheting, the only places available to buy hooks, string or yarn was the local 5 & 10, the drugstore, or a general all purpose store like K-Mart.

The hooks were plain - steel for fine cotton work, aluminum for heavier blanket acrylic yarn.

Now, of course there are many different styles of hooks and many different choices of yarn. Both can be found at a local yarn store or online.

Crocheting has made a come back and is quite popular among people of all ages and genders.

I am mostly a knitter now, but I still love to crochet and when I get a little bored with knitting, I'll pick up a hook and string.

A cozy crocheted shawl for spring


  1. I love the afghan. I just got an infinity knitting loom. We shall see if I am able to create anything with it!

    Looks as if you are rocking the A-to-Z challenge thusfar!


    1. Thanks! I'll have to look into what an infinity knitting loom is. Sounds interesting.

  2. Oh wow that Afghan is amazing Lynda .I like your shawl too .Crochet is my comfort craft I find it so relaxing xx.

    1. Thanks, Sylvia. I followed a pattern, but It still took a lot of planning. I like both knitting and crochet and when I get tired of one, I switch to the other.

  3. Pretty shawl you made! That was a complicated afghan! I can knit but not crochet; did want to learn that and maybe some day I will!


    1. Thanks, Betty. Crocheting the squares was not hard. The afghan required keeping the squares in order, though. Give crocheting a try!

  4. That is a pretty cool looking afghan you made! Would the odd square be at the top left? Both of the partial squares under under the square, whereas the others are one over, one under. Looks great to me, no matter! Visiting you from the A-Z Challenge! All the best :)