I'm feeling totally inspired! During my "Birthday Week Extravaganza" last week, I opted to drive to Pawling and take a class with my crochet heroine, Margaret Hubert. I had taken a class with someone else a few years earlier on entrelac crochet and I never grasped the technique. This had a lot to do with the instructor grabbing my work out of my hands and exclaiming, "Oh, let me do it for you!" It was the worst crochet class I ever took, and it made me feel intimidated to try the technique on my own.
So when I explained to Margaret what had happened in the other instructor's class, she agreed with me: a student will never learn if the instructor/teacher rips the work out of the student's hands and does the work for them!
Margaret had me take out one of her entrelac instructions (visit her website if you're interested!) I had been waiting to play with, but hadn't because of the negative feelings I had associated with that aforementioned awful class. She had me start off with my slip knot, my chain, and then just mere moments later had me entrelacing with bliss!! You can see me there on the right (in red) as one very happy birthday girl!
At the same time she had Robert (not Peter! -- sorry, that's a joke from the class) who is a die-hard knitter, learn how to crochet a traditional granny square. We had a marvelous time with Margaret, the store's staff, and with each other -- particularly because we kidded each other about being a "snob" towards our favorite fiber art -- all while reaching our goals! What a riot of a good time we had!
In return for Margaret unlocking the entrelac technique misery, er mystery, for me, I got her turned onto the wonderment of blogging! In fact, she mentions this very class in her blog entry today! :-) (click here to visit her)
What have I created with the entrelac piece I started in class? Nothing -- yet! I'm still practicing, tinkering with the technique. I might make a pillow cover, a scarf, or a handbag. One thing for sure is I've got a new attitude towards entrelac and I'm loving it! (to see a larger view of my entrelac work, click onto the image)
*** For those interested in visiting the Yarn & Craft Shop and giving Marie, the owner, a visit, she's located at 24 Charles Coleman Blvd, Pawling, NY. (845) 855-1632 AND, be sure to let her or Francis know if you're a member of a crochet or knit guild to receive a discount off your purchase!