Garter stitch stripes with 250 stitches a row is not as boring as I expected. I thought it would be a two row job at the most, each sitting and then the yawning would begin. Changing colours every other row seems to keep it feeling fresh, and with my citrusy lemon, lime and orange it’s definitely that! I’ll tone it back down with the next colour; otherwise we’ll need sunglasses just to look at it. I’m carrying on with a colour until the ball runs out, then grabbing another from a big bag. It’s a stashbuster so is going to have an ‘interesting look’, not my usual blend of colours. I tend to buy yarn only for specific projects and these are leftovers from blankets, and a few from a yarn kit I bought when I was new to crochet. There are a couple of colours that I dislike but I’m hoping blending them with others might help. If not, l’ll donate them to a charity knit group. I took it to an outpatients clinic on Monday, while I waited for someone, and the nurses all seemed to walk past smirking. I guess I was an incongruous sight as everyone else was staring at the wall or their ‘phone. No one had a book, though I guess some might have been reading an ebook. That old chestnut about knitting helping to calm and provide a distraction is so true, once you’ve got over the smirking nurses and disinterested stares. But I have to admit I thought taking my knitting while I waited might be nice for other people too. It would be my way of helping anxious outpatients. A Florence Nightingale of yarn. They could be soothed in the manner of those slow tv programmes; where you’re following the journey of a canal boat, or seeing someone hand turning a wooden bowl in real time. Maybe it would even provide distracting opportunities for them to talk about how they’d love to learn to knit, or prompt them to reminisce about their Grandma knitting jumpers when they were young. Serves my vanity right!
As for reading: I’m still going on with The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. It’s all going to connect soon and I’m quite intrigued to see how the four (or is it six?) characters share the story. I’m listening to The Plays of Alan Bennett and yesterday finished The Madness of George III, now I hope the next provides some lighter relief. Really I’m waiting for The History Boys. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the film and I’ve also read the play, there’s just something I love about it. The flowers were taken a our visit to Saltram House (see below) and garden, Devon, on Sunday on the way home. This week my body can’t understand why it’s not allowed pasty for lunch, cake for afternoon tea and cider before dinner…it’s definitely got the holiday blues. We walked 69 miles while away to try to balance these out. And because we love the coast paths around there.
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Good morning! Gorgeous stash buster! Love the colors.
Here is my link!
Good morning! Thanks. I’ll check yours out soon.
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Working on my Cosy Clusters baby blanket & reading a YA book series called Throne of Glass. Such a great idea this crochet/reading sharing!
Thanks for sharing, I like knowing what others are reading too. Do you have a blog or use social media so I can see what you’re making?
I do! I just linked my page to my profile (I’m still a bit of a wordpress newbie) Here’s the site link anyway! https://colourfulcrochet.wordpress.com/
Odd looks and knitting go hand in hand, but I would always rather be productive. The blanket looks lovely. I might copy it with a charity blanket from the mountain of chunky weight leftovers in the wardrobe.
Here’s my post for this week: http://www.vikkibirddesigns.com/2017/07/yarning-along-sick-bay.html
Chunky weight sounds like a really warm and cosy blanket!
Thanks for your link
I’ll check it out shortly.
I like the colors of your citrus project, they are so pretty and I like how the colors transition to the next with the rows of color in between. Pretty flowers! here is my post this week
Your blanket is knitting up fun. To have lived in a house such as that. Those first two flowers are wonderful.
I know…so privileged. The grounds were great too with woodland, a folly and a small decorative temple, a chapel and so on!
Love your description of slow knitting in hospital. Great post!