This realisation has mostly come out of the fact that when The Boy's little brother stayed with us a couple of weeks ago he pointed at a picture I had painted for The Boy and asked who had done that. When I said it was me he was like - so you bake, crochet, knit, and paint? Yeah I am that good!
|Painting for The Boy|
I remember for my 18th birthday I got my first amigurumi book and that's when my crochet interest really took off. Before then I had only made a lacy-ish scarf and a hat. Amigurumi was a completely new concept to me - before then crochet had been about making accessories but, once I had discovered amigurumi, I couldn't stop crocheting. I joined Ravelry about the time of my 18th birthday too to show off my amigurumi and this opened up a new world of amazing free patterns.
|My first ever amigurumi|
I've started knitting more recently and my work had noticeably improved. Since I started knitting and crocheting back in 2009, I have finished 84 projects - and a whopping 36 in 2012!
Another skill that has been improved recently is my baking (and also cooking) ability. When The Boy met me in our first year of uni I couldn't cook at all so he used to get me to join in with the cooking and I quickly picked up how to cook. I still get teased that my speciality is toast but thankfully that is no longer true.
Until a couple of years ago I didn't do any baking. I used to help Mum and Eve bake but my job was mostly getting stuff out of cupboards and now I love trying out new recipes such as the damper bread I tried a few weeks ago:
|Trying something new - damper bread|
I wish that I had more time to draw and paint but once my uni work is out of the way the only thing I want to do is knit or crochet. I also wish I had more time to be musical - I couldn't bring my violin or keyboard to uni because of a lack of space but when I graduate I aim to find more time to be musical!
Do you ever take a step back to look at how much you have achieved?