Monday, December 27, 2010
With the sun being on strike since Boxing Day, the family took themselves off to the cinema today leaving me at home alone. Oh, the pottering possibilities...
I decided to dig out a crochet project that I'd been ignoring as it wasn't working out. I had been attempting to do my own version of a throw rug I'd seen on Dottie Angel's blog but wasn't crochet savvy enough to work out how to join the strips, above, as I went (the fact that I wasn't working in the same stitch didn't help, I tell myself) and didn't like the bulkiness when I tried to put the strips together in a more traditional way. Had done enough, though, not to want to pull it apart so just kept ignoring the whole thing.
But I wanted to crochet. So I pulled out the beautiful Japanese book that anyone interested in crochet would have already seen and gave crocheting a hexagon a go. It took a little figuring, but I finally cracked it. I'm now going to use all the Jo Sharp cottons I bought, unravel what I started and make a hexagonal rug.
The simple pleasure of achieving something small (but very tricky to me) while watching a feel-good movie - It's Complicated with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin - just happened to be on TV just as I sat down made the afternoon so pleasurable that I didn't care we'd missed out on the beach for two days running.
Clovelly's not going anywhere and I'll have the rug forever (if it gets finished!).
The light is quite appalling today as the colour of these Jo Sharp cottons are brilliant and deep. (The fact that the lighter green one is called Shamrock should give you an idea.) If it'd been a sunny day, though, I'd still be a crochet avoider...