Ooo, while I was going through my lost files, I found some heartfelt crochet goodness! I seem to have gone through a heart-making phase at some point. Some of these projects, I remember well. One in particular has left me stumped... But let's see if you think the same thing I thought when I dug up the photo.
So I'll start with the ones I can explain and save the mystery for last. Since I started crocheting, I've searched for the perfect way to make a heart. In my years of experience, I've learned there isn't one. There just isn't ONE perfect way to crochet a heart. There's a million ways to crochet a heart, and it just depends on what kind you're looking for.
This is probably one of the first patterns I tried... Sorry, it's some free pattern that I can't credit because it was years ago - So, thanks, random blogger lady! I'm pretty sure I found it on allfreecrochet.com, but I just can't remember. Anyway, I crocheted a ton of these hearts and turned them into a garland that my daughter still has hanging above her bed.
The rose is the classic "crochet, roll, and sew" rose... I was going to add those to the garland between the hearts, but they were too heavy. And it was probably more sewing than my beginner self wanted to do. I still wouldn't want to sew all those roses. That single rose got tied to a basket that I use at my desk, and it still reminds me of my beginning days in crochet - often looking up free patterns on my phone while crocheting at the laundry mat. More-experienced self wouldn't sew them onto a chain at all... Instead, more-experienced self would crochet all the pieces, then attach them as I work a chain. More-experienced self is now thinking of ripping off that garland pattern that beginner-self was too lazy to type up, so maybe it's a good thing that some of my patterns had to wait.
I know this next one, too! I eventually crocheted my own version of a heart for one of my first self-written patterns. It was a cute little purse for my daughter, and I think she still has it somewhere... Let me just look in her room... Ouch! Look out! What in the world? Okay, never mind. I know she has it in there, somewhere...
Now that she's older, I bet that would still make a cute cell phone pouch around Valentine's Day. It would make a great makeup pouch too, except for the holes. I wasn't experienced enough to make a liner for this shaped bag, and it's not a sewing project that interests me in present time either. Although my crochet knowledge has greatly increased, I think it's possible that my sewing skills have become even worse. A heart shaped liner? Ha! I can barely sew something square.
Now let's get to that mystery... Oh, this should be fun! Obviously, it's keeping with the heart theme, but what in the world was I making here? I laughed when I found this. Like, fall out of the chair, roll on the floor laughed. I think it looks like a pair of thong panties.
No. Nooo. Absolutely no way!
No, not in double strands of worsted weight acrylic yarn. Nooooooo. I might not remember what I was trying to create, but even this beginner knew better than to try to make that in good ole Red Heart Super Saver. And two strands for the -ahem- middle? Clearly, this has to be something else. Anyway, I know I've never tackled the project of trying to crochet myself some butt floss, so I know that's not what this is. But what in the world was I making?
I'll probably never know...
(Psst... Find the answer to the mystery coming up in episode 5!)