I am making the most of the winning combination of at last having plenty of time on my hands and many rainy days, and I’m enjoying lots of crochet and knitting.
First off, that new blanket. I finished the last of the squares a couple of weekends ago, and sat myself down to learn how to crochet them together the Lucy way.
My goodness, that woman writes a great tutorial! There is a real skill to getting this kind of instructional writing right. I’m reminded of reading Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance many many years (decades!) ago – Malcolm lent it to me early in our relationship and told me I had to read it. So I did. I don’t remember much detail of the book, but the bits have stuck with me as general impressions, including parts about technical writing.
So, anyway. A Saturday afternoon, feeling under the weather, listening to the radio, sitting crocheting and learning the next new thing. Indoors, warm and cosy. Just lovely. And I’m loving how this project is coming together.
Then, the lace shawl I decided to have a go at for the new baby in Australia due later this year. I approached this very nervously indeed. Although I’ve knitted this very pattern about several before, that was at least 25 years ago, and I wasn’t sure that my skills or patience were still up to it.
I needn’t have worried. It’s turned out to be far less complicated than it looks, and I finished the central part of the shawl in a matter of a few weeks. Unfortunately I haven’t got any further, because I was only able to buy enough yarn for the centre and the rest of it was expected in by mid January.
With still no sign of the rest of the wool and the weeks ticking by, I decided to cut my losses and start again in a different colour which is in stock in plentiful amounts. As I was slightly dubious about my original colour choice (silver, but while I was knitting it I started to think it just looked a bit, well, grubby, rather than pale grey and interesting), there is an upside to it. And I will still use what I have done in one way or another.
So – by the end of February I hope to have made a good start on my second attempt at the shawl, and also get a good way through piecing together the many blanket squares. I’m just over a third of the way through the blanket squares already – it’s surprising how many I can piece just while I’m sitting watching something on TV (so long as it isn’t something I really have to watch carefully). After that it will just be the border, which looks like it will be a breeze (no more new stuff to get to grips with…).
As I’m away in London for a few days later this month, I reckon I should get quite a lot of knitting done on the train and sitting chatting. As you do. I might even be tempted to search out some yarn shops to visit.