Wednesday, August 27, 2008

easily distracted

I am so easily distracted these days and i have so much on my to do list, like...

*redesign our website in time for book launch, including taking and cropping new photographs

*buy eldest daughter's new school shoes and other extra bits of school stuff

*make youngest a P.E. bag for her new school

*tidy up house and prepare for a special visitor on Thursday

*make some stock for the Vintage and Handmade Fair

*not to mention the general household, wifely, motherly duties... and numerous other itty bits of paperwork etc...


So what have i been doing? ... well i have been learning to crochet... like you do when you have nothing more pressing to do!

I love learning new skills...
this weekend my sister in law retaught me a few basic stitches (forgot what she had previously shown me) and now i am making at least 2 basic grannie squares a day as i am determined to get the processes involved to sink in.
I had bought some yarn earlier in the year in the sale when i caught the knitting bug so had some to nice colours to practice with.




I am now addicted but boy do my fingers ache. i think i need to relax my hands more and slow down a bit.


I have now completed 10 squares, so nearly a cushion cover. i am hoping to try and change the colours and try some variations when i get more proficient.
I'd be interested in hearing what new skills you are hoping to learn before the year is out and of course any crocheting advice for an enthusiastic beginner.

Hope your bank holidays were good.
ginny x

25 comments:

Joleo said...

Gosh. That reminds me I have half a blanket's worth of squares languishing unloved in a bag somewhere. I was so sure I'd finish it for autumn...so I will mostly be trying to remember how to make a granny square toot sweet.

driftwood said...

oh they are lovely, I'd love to learn to crochet.

Pipany said...

Hmm, I have the school shoes to get too Ginny and I just know I will leave it till the last minute. Wish I was better at booting myself up the proverbial!

Love learning new skills too. Haven't crocheted for years and wouldn't quite remember how. Am quite inspired by your beautiful wool colours though. Just gorgeous. xx

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Your crochet is looking fabulous! I only learnt how to do it this year but it is incredibly addictive and I always find myself NEEDING to crochet when my sewing to-do list is at its longest! The best thing I did was learn how to do amigurumi - you do so many different crochet stitches in such a small space that you soon learn nearly everything you need to know! I'm totally addicted to rippling now though! Lucy x

serenitymeadow said...

That is some lovely colored yarn you are using. You are doing a great job for a beginner. I have no plans for any new skills to learn at the moment, just working on the old ones.

pebbledash said...

Hi Ginny, procrastination and distraction seem to be my middle names at the moment, so I sympathise! Perhaps do two things on your 'to do' list before you do anything else each day...then you'll feel so good! I love the crochet, and in fact I'd like it to be my next 'new skill' having very vaguely mastered the knitting needles. I aspire to granny squares, and dare I say it, a ripple blanket. mmm. I think I'm getting a little carried away here! Can't wait to hear more about your book. Love Diana xx

French Knots said...

I learnt how to knit this year and crochet is next on my list of new skills, together with learning how to use the manual functions on my camera.
We went school shoes shopping the other day - why have most of them got dolls/cars/dogs and goodness knows what in the heel!?I know my youngest would spend most of the day taking his shoes off to play with the toys and getting told off by his teacher!
Hope you are making progress with you list.x

Petticoat Lane said...

How on earth have you found the time? I'm SO impressed, I will learn one of these days!!
I'm waiting for your book to arrive and then I'm going to begin sewing again by the end of the year. I studied fashion, fabrics and design many moons ago and since discovering the blogging world I'm really itching to get back to making things again.
You see, your book will inspire me to sew again. Thank you.
Jane. x

alice c said...

A perfect little cushion for a little cat to sit on - maybe?

Simone said...

When I have loads to do I usually find something else to do too! I used to crochet many years ago and I may have a go at making a ripple blanket like I have seen on so many people's blogs. I also want to learn how to quilt. I would quite like to learn another couple of languages too - French and Japanese. I think I am pushing it a bit though. I still have school uniform to get and a pile of ironing as high as the ceiling!

Sal said...

I taught myself to crochet when I was in 6th form ..you will laugh..I crocheted a red and black bag, in which to keep my tennis balls! (Thank god it was not for my hockey stick..LOL...;-)
Following that success, I crocheted a red and black beret.
I was the only 17 year old in Newton Abbot with a beret and tennis ball bag to match ..LOL!
The crochet book which I used was so simple to understand.I found one on ebay recently and promptly bought it as I had to teach my mum and sister to crochet, a few weeks ago!
Your crochet looks brilliant!;-)

Lace Threads said...

What a lovely post - and a lovely blog to stumble on. I've spent a happy hour looking through, and love the sound of the vintage and handmade fair.
I love to crochet, it's incredibly relaxing. I taught myself from the Harmony Guide to Crochet a couple of years back, but I'm still trying to get time to make enough squares for a blanket. I'm addicted to making flowers, so I get sidetracked!

Lina said...

I've just learnt to knit yay! I'm back in the UK for Christmas and am hoping to learn to crochet from my mum. I'm hopeless at trying these things with a book! Looking forward to the book coming out - a perfect gift for Christmas from a UK relative!!!

Florence said...

Oh Ginny, that is really the right approach - I wish I had ignored all the things that needed doing after I'd been on my crochet course, because I didn't and subsequently forgot everything...ditto my overlocking course. Your squares look fantastic. I've heard going barefoot is very fashionable for winter anyway, so no worries there! x

Cowboys and Custard said...

Hello Ginny...
Well you are an inspiration to all... You live life to the full!!
Funny that.. I have flirted with the idea of learning how to crochet. I inherited my mother's crochet needles but not her skills alas.. I might just bite the bullet and have a go..
I learnt how to make felt last year.. that was great fun and I would love to teach others..
Michele x

this is my patch said...

Ginny, lovely to read your post. I feel terrible now as I have nominated you for the Tree of Happiness, but only if you fancy doing something else with your fingers for a while? Pop over to my garden blog to see what an earth I am talking about. I really won't hold it against you if you haven't the time. I hope that imminent to do list gets shorter, those crochet hooks will have to be put down, not long now until the book launch, just thought you needed a little reminder! x

janet clare said...

I'm in Hampshire too!

Congrats on the book, I'll look out for that one. I daydream about writing a craft book...

So glad the cat was reunited.

summerfete said...

My next project is learn to crochet.
Loving your colours!
sweet!
Clare

Vintage to Victorian said...

Thanks for your comment Ginny - how sad about your Chil-daw mannequin.

I logged into your blog earlier and then got called away - 3 hours later your blog is still on my screen and I had your message to read, too!

Looking forward to meeting you - I see from the floorplan that we'll be 'neighbours'. Exciting, isn't it!

Sue x

summerfete said...

Hi Ginny thanks for your comment.
I started crocheting last night, how tough is it!! I'm getting there, though I'm pretty sure I was making my own stitches up!
I imagine there to be a lot of hand cramp involved.

I'm not sure I will make the fair, but thought I should support you girls with a bit of advertising!

Now you really should get on with your crocheting!

Clare

PG said...

Crochet and knitting look so lovely when Someone else is doing it! I am looking forward to learning how to use my new Gocco myself, and get my letterpress properly started.

Summer by the sea said...

Hi Ginny, I don't know if you remember, but you recently left a comment on my blog when I recently learned to crochet - you said at the time that you hadn't quite grasped it, so well done! - The granny squares are addictive and changing colour is easy - I think I have done about 17 now towards my blanket.
Natalie x P.S - I think household, wifely, and motherly duties should have been at the top of your list, its a wonder we mums/wives get anything else done!

Tracy said...

Delicious yarns! And your squares are so pretty, Ginny! Crochet is fun...and addictive--LOL! Happy days with your new craft :o) (HUGS))

Raindrops said...

Just reminded me also that I have a unfinished piece of crochet to do. Your look great. Tricia

suzanne said...

Why is crochet so addictive!? I am obsessed with making rose corsages! I have recently tried both feltmaking and spinning - I don't think that I have an aptitude for either but it is great to try new things.