For the sake of my health, it was the sensible thing to do.
And it was the hardest fucking day of my life!
I’ve been crocheting almost non-stop for the last few weeks. It’s a great diversion and allows me just to focus on my stitches and not panic about… everything. I usually listen to an audiobook or some soft jazz and just chill. Normally after a couple of days of stitching up a storm, I would get a stiff shoulder or my fingers and wrists would hurt too much to keep going, and I kept waiting for it to happen but it didn’t. Until two days ago when my shoulder crunched. I’m fighting an old injury here from my retail days of hauling boxes for a living, the pain was awful and my fingers started to swell and ache. Thus I had to admit defeat.
Recovery is Hard
I woke, stiff and achy, but my hands were itching to get crafting. I’ve been so inspired lately I just keep thinking of great projects to work on. But I needed a break. So I read on the kindle and a real physical book (hard to do while crocheting, hence audiobooks), watched some TV (hard to do while not crocheting) and horror of horrors I tidied my house (a bit). I felt like such a wee crochet junkie, I even had to console myself by holding a hook and ordering some more yarn!
Well now that that is behind me for the time-being, I’m planning projects especially single-ball blankets and scarves as I’m hoping to build up a wee stash of made things and to eventually launch an etsy shop to sell my products once lockdown is over. I get pretty good feedback and I’ve had people interested in what I make but as much as I gift things sometimes, it would be nice for the value to be appreciated too.
This is a snippet of how I’m coping in lockdown, how’s everyone else getting on? Picked up any new hobbies or rediscovered old ones? Let me know all about it in the comments below!
I’ve been promising for ages to do this, but time and space to take photos were a problem. However, today I’m showing off some of my recent creations/works-in-progress (WIPs).
First up is my giant blanket made with Bernat Blanket Stripes.
As you can see I played yarn chicken and lost four stitches from the end. I’ll probably need to wait a few paydays before I can buy more of this yarn. It’s a super chunky, around a size 8 I think, but I used a 12mm hook in the double v-stitch to make the most of the size of the yarn. At the moment it is big enough side-ways to cover me to my feet but the plan is to keep going as long as I can for it to cover my arm chair in the living room (because it’s red and my sofa is blue)
not complaining about free furniture though.
Next up is my other blue blanket worked in the single moss stitch and with Painbox Chunky pots yarn. I’m using a 6mm hook and currently on the second ball (I bought many in the sale).
And lastly we have my Caron Cake corner to corner scarf, my first ever Caron Cake might I add. I was incredibly uncertain just given how expensive it is but I think it turned out lovely and just one ball too. Worked in a 5.5mm hook or a 5mm, can’t remember.
Ignore my feet.
And everything looks squinty on the floor because I couldn’t be bothered spending ages flattening it all out. My edges are very straight, I promise!
Anyway, those are just a few of my creations. As I unpack more I’ll get pictures of the things I made as presents but then didn’t get gifting to anyone in the end
Let me know if you’re into crochet or making things!
Your favourite quote.
My favourite quote is from Maggie Stiefvater when someone on twitter asked her how she is so good at so many things. I screenshot it to keep it for inspiration.
She’s right, it’s always about consistency and practice, less about talent which can wane if not consistently applied.
I try to follow this advice because I have many different random interests that individually require a lot of attention and practice… I’m not great at it, but practice makes perfect!
So I’ve taken the last few weeks off from social media and studying, just to enjoy chilling for a bit, playing the sims and AC and getting back to crocheting (see featured photo). I’m revived!
I got the wool haul from Watt Brothers in the city centre… the whole stash was only £15 because the smaller (looking) single coloured balls were 5 for £5! I’m getting more once I blast through this lot. As with most of my interests I go through obsessive phases where I have to work on it every single second until I complete the project… so while I’m now having downtime from crochet, here is a picture of what I did make:
It’s a perfect size and just over 200g of acrylic wool made it (you can see the little white edge I needed to finish up with). It fits around my shoulders and hangs comfortably without being cumbersome and will be great come autumn when it’s a little cooler. I’ve already started taking requests from family for blankets, scarves, and shawls (and a poncho) so we’ll see how well that happens and I might consider opening it up for online purchases.
I visited Hobbycraft a few times before work and got a lovely marble effect chunky wool that is also currently being worked into a shawl, once I get a bit further along I’ll post updates of it, for now it looks like a knotted hanky. Hobbycraft also have the Caron Cakes, recommended by Jayda In Stiches, a fairly reasonable price of £10 a ball (200g), it’s a self-variegated wool, meaning the colours change as you crochet which saves on changing yarn every few rows.
Everything I’ve learned about crochet and the patterns have been from Jayda In Stitches who I found on youtube first. She makes videos that are super easy to follow and literally takes you through each step several times before letting you continue on your own. Her enthusiasm is inspiring, as is her work ethic! So if you’ve ever had a hankering to do some crochet, then go check out her website and youtube.
I’ll leave it here for now, I’ve much more to say – I’ll queue up a few posts over the next couple of days, especially as I’m preparing to GO ON HOLIDAY NEXT WEEK!