Something really easy

After meeting Phil of The Twisted Yarn on Yarn Shop Day I met up with her and some of her knit group at a very nice village pub last night. And of course I made the rookie mistake (which I make time and time again) of not taking something very, very easy. So, some of the time my fingers were moving across my Wave Blanket trying to quietly check my stitch count…..4,2,2,4,2,2,4 and work out what I needed to do next. It was ok in the end, after a bit of undoing, but I know I need to start something really easy for when I’m social crafting; it’s dire otherwise for my concentration. It’s always my crochet or knitting that suffers, not my conversation. But then perhaps I can’t really be the judge of the quality of that, can I?! Phil and the others have invited me back, or perhaps it was politeness; it’s a very friendly group after all.

I’d decided that I really liked them after the first 15 minutes and so maybe unwisely launched into tales of other knit groups. There was quite a bit of teasing about them being fodder for the next group I join. But, I’m being nothing but complimentary. It’s genuine too. Ah, I have to add that this was my first ever group where everyone started off crocheting! Not one single person sniffed at me and said “Oh, you’re crocheting. Can’t you knit?” It almost felt miraculous.

Please don’t ask me about the sock…there’s no news, yet. I just need to sit and concentrate on the next stage. You know by now that I am a prize procrastinator and so I’m excelling at delaying starting the heel. Instead, I have cast on to start Arne and Carlos Garter Stitch Blanket which is going to be super easy. Perfect for social crafting.

As for reading: last week I’d only just chosen A Ghost in the Machine from the library. Now I’m really stuck in and it’s exactly as good as I thought it would be; well-written, well paced and the lead up to the key event has been interesting. I’m reading a little every day, since there are quite a number of villagers and I don’t want to have to skip back and forth trying to refresh my memory with key facts.

If you’d like to share a photo of what you’re making and reading this week, leave a link to a current post in the comments and I’ll add it here. Don’t forget to link back to this post on your blog and use #yarningalong on social media, so others can find us and join us in Yarning Along.

1: One Creative Cat

2: Needles and Wool

3: Vikki Bird Designs

10 thoughts on “Something really easy

  1. Hi Rachell,
    Love your blanket! I’m working in a super secret c2c project at the moment & reading some YA fiction after some heavy crime books. Light reading A court of thorns and roses… Still not 100% committed but I’ll get there. Awesome that you’re part of or thinking if joining the yarn group! Wish I had those kinds of options mg

  2. That\s great that you went to a yarn group and found the rest of the ladies were crocheting too. I agree with you, it would be a good idea to bring an easy project to crochet/knit to one of those meetings because you need something that you don’t have to count stitches and can easily crochetknit it. Your blanket looks great! I am joining along for Yarning Along today at
    Thank you for hosting!

  3. Haha, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who can’t hold a conversation while working on something I need to concentrate on – I have been carting around granny squares and my C2C for Sixty Million Trebles whenever I Crochet socially, so I don’t need to concentrate too much! What a great idea for a post – I may join you with this if I get the chance soon – not had the chance to read properly for weeks though…

  4. Hello..I just found your blog, and it looks like a lot of fun. I will be watching! !! I am currently in knit mode with several WIPs. I am trying to get better organized. I always tend towards large projects..and need to figure out how to keep motivated. I work full time, and work a long stretch..than off for 3 it can be a challenge. Any ideas?? Thanks from across the pond.

    • Thank you.
      Personally I wouldn’t start too many things and I’d do a bit whenever I felt like it. (Bearing in mind crafting isn’t meant to be a race, but a relaxing pastime.) If you are enjoying what you’re making and satisfied with the colours and enjoying the stitch combinations it shouldn’t be that you need ‘motivating’, you’ll gravitate to it anyway. Maybe you could aim to do a row or two a day to relax? You’ll find what works for you, or doesn’t. I think that as soon as you make something a task it stops being fun and becomes a chore. Also, if you’re really not enjoying something, or aren’t sure about it now, you can always undo and start again. That’s the beauty of it. Yarn can be wound again and used for something else.

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