The festive season gives us the perfect opportunity for reflection and resolution, a convenient halt in proceedings as the year dwindles to make ends and beginnings. These are underlying themes in A Christmas Carol and, inspired by this, here is my take on this classic Dickensian tale..
Ghost of Crochet Past
Is there a hookster or a knitter out there that doesn’t have any longstanding unfinished projects? Certainly not me! A couple of ghosts of crochet past are blankets that I can’t even remember when I started. I’m already using both (stitch markers in place!) as they are big enough to offer substantial warmth. Both have narrowed as they progressed due to, perhaps, a change in tension, or forgetting which hook size I used, or inattention to counting stitches (easy to do with rib, which doesn’t require counting to maintain intricacies). The green blanket with raised treble stripes is nearly finished and hasn’t misshapen too much, so I plan to complete this in the way in which I had started it. The red half treble ribbed blanket, however.. well, I recently started to unravel that – but not too quickly as it can still keep me toasty watching telly in the depth of winter. I thought about re-working it using the Strawberry Lace Stitch, but I might still shilly shally, rendering this project a UFO for a while yet!
Ghost of Crochet Present
In the days leading up to Christmas, I was frantically crocheting a hat for a friend who had asked me to make use of some luxury yarn she’d bought to knit a shrug, As a busy single mum and business woman, she never got round to finishing it and requested that I put the yarn to good use. We agreed a pattern, one that she liked and I was sure I could do; but when I finished it and blocked it, to my dismay, it hadn’t turned out right. I’ll have to find the neatly tucked in yarn-end, and rip back the brim, maybe adding a few more rounds (did I misread the pattern, or miscount the rounds in my haste?) and possibly even change the way the brim is constructed. Dare I?? Intriguingly, I made a hat early in my crochet obsession, and worked the brim too tight. It’s the opposite problem this time…
Ghost of Crochet Yet To Come
As for ‘turning over a new leaf’ as Scrooge did (or at least focussing on best intentions), here are my crochet resolutions for 2014:
Get Social! Interact with other bloggers now that I’m more comfortable with the whole blogging experience! Find a stitch’n’bitch group to participate in.
Socks! I’ve been wanting to make socks (knitted or crocheted, I’m not fussed) for a couple of years now, but somehow haven’t settled down to it. I’m not a big fan of DPNs anyway, and haven’t spied any crochet designs that I like. But finally! I spotted a sock pattern that took my fancy by Rohn Strong in Inside Crochet (issue 46) so I reckon I’ll be giving that a go fairly soon.
Right, well two’s enough to be getting on with, else I’ll be more likely to break them! All that’s left to say: to all my readers, be they few or many, best wishes for 2014!