‘Never say never’ has been the theme for my week, as I’ve been trying different crafty things out whilst work has been quiet. Never is a pretty strong word, it’s not like I had anything against the things that I have tried, more that I had felt indifferent towards them and so I’d never really done them. (Except magic rings, I strongly disliked those!)
I’m going to start off with the dreaded magic ring. I don’t normally do much amigurimi, and when I have I have failed miserably at magic rings and just done a chain 2 to begin with. However, I’ve been trying out different patterns for Christmas decorations and I decided to take the plunge and look for a decent tutorial on how to do them properly. When a new technique is tricky, I often find Youtube videos to be really helpful, but this time it was actually a photo tutorial from Simply Crochet magazine that did the trick. I’m glad I tried (and succeeded) and I no longer hate them. I still don’t trust them though, an do a little stitch or two to secure the end fully before stuffing the project. It’s made a big difference to how neat my amigurimi is, just look at this:
Whilst the children have been at school, I’ve had a chance to crochet a lot more (so much so that I’ve actually hurt my wrist and am now on a short rest break from it!) Anyway, I normally crochet whilst watching TV in the evenings, so daytime crochet is a bit of a new own for me. Daytime TV is, if I’m honest, absolutely rubbish, but I can’t sit in silence as I just don’t like it. I had heard various crafters talk about podcasts, but, not being an iPhone owner, they were not something I had used. Also, because of my penchant for watching soaps once the children are in bed, I hadn’t considered podcasts as an option because I might have missed an exciting storyline. However, they suddenly seemed a great idea to fill the daytime silence. A quick poll on a Facebook group I’m in gave me a rather long list to try. The first one I listened to was Knit British, and it was quite relaxing and a nice change from TV. I have also listened to Crafternoon Treats and Cherry Heart, all of which have been enjoyable too. It doesn’t end here though, because they have started a revolution. I don’t just have to craft whilst listening, I can do other tasks, like the soul destroying folding up of washing and the ironing! Oh yes, those chores are no longer hours of doom and gloom in my week, the wonderful podcasters take the edge off the pain, rather like co codamol. I wouldn’t say the jobs are enjoyable, but they are more tolerable. (And I’m sure many mums would agree, an excuse to disappear upstairs for an hour away from the weekend chaos is almost a treat.) There’s no photo for this because I didn’t really think you’d want to see my ‘little bit frowny because I’d rather be crafting than doing this’ face and the ironing board so you’ll just have to imagine. If you have any podcast recommendations, please let me know in the comments!
Another side effect of having additional crochet time has been having more time to spend shopping for yarn online (thank goodness I sold a couple of things I’d made to pay for it!) On Thursday, I received a rather epic delivery of yarn, which was mainly Stylecraft Special DK in a lot of different shades. I’d seen yarn pegs on the Attic 24 blog before, and hadn’t ever thought I’d need them because ‘I would never buy THAT much yarn.’ Hmmmm. Luckily my inner psychic powers must have been well tuned because I’d already bought myself a new pack of clothes pegs earlier in the week, but not for the purpose of making up yarn pegs. I’ll just have to buy more for hanging the washing out with! Yesterday afternoon when it was too rainy to do much outdoors I started my collection, I have a few more shades in storage boxes too, and I’ve written the names of those colours on pegs ready for when I get brave enough to venture into the depths of my craft area. I’m hoping they will help me when planning projects as well as for helping me remember the exact colours when reordering. (I am very aware that I’m late to the yarn pegs game!)
I’ve also started up my little business selling a few items here and there, and I’ve been lucky in getting a few orders already. It’s the time of year when Christmas craft fairs are being advertised a lot and I’d kind of brushed off the idea of going to one as a maker. (What if I didn’t have time to make things? What if I had no ideas for things to make? What if no one wanted to buy my creations? and so on.) Then I saw an advertisement for one in our village, with only a single table remaining. My inner spontaneous side (not seen very frequently) took over and immediately asked if I could have it. Then I got a reply and it had already been taken, but they were going to shuffle things around and squeeze me in. So, there we have it, I’m doing my very first Christmas craft fair!
I think I’ll have to stop saying ‘never’, I’m going to land myself in all sorts of situations if I’m not careful. For all of that, though, I’m glad I’ve discovered some new things. Have you ever done anything you thought you’d never do?