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I mentioned in my post for Day 6 of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week that hairpin lace is one of the crochet skills I want to learn. As I’ve been thinking more about it, I realized that it’s a skill I think I should learn, but not something that I actually want to learn. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but Stitched Together’s post crystalized it for me: I am more interested in learning a new skill when I have a project that I’m interested in making. While many people love the look of hairpin lace, in general I’m not that excited by it. At best, my reaction to most hairpin lace patterns is, “That’s nice, but I would never wear that (and therefore don’t want to be bothered to learn to make it).”
On the other hand, I do want to dive into a new skill from Crochet Master Class, and hairpin lace seemed like the natural choice since I’ve never done it but I do have the special equipment. Earlier this week, I spent quite some time perusing Ravelry’s pattern library until I finally found a hairpin lace pattern I could actually imagine myself making. By a strange coincidence, it’s the Hairpin Lace Coaster pattern by Ferosa Harold, the featured crochet master in the painted crochet chapter.
I guess this means I’ll have a set of Ferosa Harold inspired hotpads (presuming that I actually finish them both).
Since I’ve successfully avoided hairpin lace for so long, I thought it would be fun to try out a few resources. At some point in the next few weeks, I will sequester myself with Learn to Do Hairpin Lace, the May/June 2012 issue of Crochet Today!, and my Kindle Fire, which I’ve already pre-loaded with several hairpin lace tutorials.