Daaaaaaaaay One

Koodos to you if you get the reference! 

So, this is my first ever post on this, my very own blog! I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing, but hey! I’ll work it out as I go along! Right now, I am definitely feeling like I’m alone in an audience hall, talking to myself, which, if you think about it, I kind of am. I’m the only one here. I’m the only one following this blog. No one else knows of its existence. So yeah, I’m that awkward one standing at a podium in a completely empty audience hall, talking to myself! Lots of fun, right? 

This blog will be dedicated to the three things I enjoy the most in my life: 

  • Crochet
  • Photography
  • Dolls

I started out crocheting three years back, in 2015. The story behind that is this:

I had saved up a bunch of money while working with my father during the summer at his work. I had earned enough to purchase my very first Asian Ball-Jointed Doll (not a cheap venture, let me tell you!). I purchased my beloved doll Atticus “Sphinx” Shade.  He is a beautiful sculpt from Dream of Doll by the name of Ducan Homme. I was first brought to attention of this brand of doll by an Instagram account that I follow by the name of Nixdepano. 


She owns a doll from Dream of Dolls that she has named Rose. It’s because of her and her beautiful doll, Rose, that I was drawn to this company so strongly. 

Browsing through their catalog I came across Ducan Homme and immediately fell in love with him. I went through the process of ordering him, hurt because of the exchange rate in currency (like I said, not a cheap venture!) and then it was just a waiting game until he arrived at my house. 

During that time, I wanted to make him a blanket for when he arrived, kind of like a welcome home present, you know? 

And so began my nose dive into crocheting! 

Let me tell you, it wasn’t at all as easy as people make it look in their videos. There were a lot of F-bombs being dropped and I can’t tell you how many times I asked “How the f**k did you get that?” or “What the f**k?” or “Where the f**k did you put it?”. Needless to say, it was frustrating and entirely entertaining at the same time. 

My first try at crocheting didn’t turn out very well, given that I had tasked myself with learning how to crochet a granny square. Talk about jumping in with both feet. I could have learned the way others learn with the chain and the single crochet and the double crochet, but no, I jumped right into doing a whole damn granny square! 

First ever granny square. The top right side is slanted and I definitely missed stitches along the top row.
My first ever granny square. As you can see, it is definitely not the best one!

Thankfully, after watching a few more videos, especially those from Bella Coco on YouTube, I was able to get a better grasp on it. I went from doing the typical granny square to doing the solid granny square and before I knew it, I was working my way through multiple squares that I would put together for the blanket I wanted to make for Sphinx.

Solid granny square blanket in blue, pink and green with black outlining each square. Blanket made for Sphinx.
My efforts working with the granny squares paid off and I was awarded with this lovely looking blanket.

And so began my love of crochet. It started with granny squares and a small blanket for a doll and now I’m here:

I’d like to think I’ve come a pretty long way in such a short amount of time. I’m even trying my hand at Amigurumi now! But because they are meant to be Christmas gifts, I’m not going to post photos of them until later. Don’t need any spoilers! 

But it’s really all thanks to my love of the Ball-Jointed dolls that I got into crochet. Thanks to Sphinx, I taught myself how to crochet and now I have more yarn than I have projects to do with it and so many patterns saved both on Ravelry and in my documents on my computer! 

Crochet really is one of the best hobbies, I think. You get to make things for people and then you get to give those items to the people and watch them light up and smile over receiving a handmade, one-of-a-kind gift. 

Like, take for instance: I made a set of coasters for my cousin, Shannon. (Pictured) Well, we were visiting with here one warm day in August and I pull them out and give them to her. Well, didn’t she light up like I had just offered her one of the best gifts in the world! It felt so good to see something as simple as coasters making her so happy! Now, I’m not sure if she uses them or not, but it was wonderful to see the joy on her face when I gave them to her. And they are quite pretty if I do say so myself! 

But that’s what I like most about making handmade gifts. They bring that kind of happiness to someone and it makes the giver of the gift feel happy too. That, and they are literally one-of-a-kind gifts. There could be a tiny blemish in a handmade gift that the receiver will never see, but the maker will know it’s there. For the OCD of us, it might be an issue, but to the person receiving the gift, they’ll never know about it unless it’s pointed out to them. I’ve tested that theory many times with my family and even though I know where the blemish is, they never see it. 

So, it’s thanks to my beloved Sphinx for getting me into crocheting and I’m really glad I let myself go that route. I love crocheting! 

I’m going to wrap this post up now because it’s already getting pretty long! And this is just supposed to be the introduction post! Haha! Whoops! 

Thanks for reading this far! 

See you in the next post!

Love, CS


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