On the Hook, 28/3/20

This morning I woke with a headache, and was feeling a tad on the negative side. I now work from home until further notice and this week has been really busy and stressful. Suddenly I was a little less keen to come sit at my computer and do my usual crochet update. After painkillers and a little bit of time spent reading on the sofa, I’m back. Today I’m going to use my computer for fun things, not work, so here we go with this week’s update. Normality is good.

I will get back to the Kaleidoscope CAL at some point, but for now I’m doing whatever feels good at this moment.

I’ve been working on my lilac cardi and it’s looking a lot more like a cardi now:

Just reached the point where we do a bit of shaping as we come to the waist point

I signed up for Yarn of the Month recently with For the Love of Yarn, as I wanted to support their small business. When my first skein arrived I thought it was beautiful, and was pondering what to make with it. But … I have never encountered an actual skein before. I’ve only ever used balls of yarn, and I didn’t know what to do with the skein. I worked out that you need to cut a few ties, but then I got in a big mess and ended up with just a big old tangle of yarn. I felt pretty stupid at this point. Surely everyone else knows what to do with a skein?! So what ended up happening was several evenings of untangling. I got very frustrated with myself at points and put it down for a few days, but eventually yesterday on my lunch break, I finally got all the last tangles out and ended up with a neat ball of yarn. Of course, having finally achieved this, as soon as I was done with work, I had to make something with it! So here we are – my rather random shawl that I’m making up as I go along and will be as big as the yarn allows. If it doesn’t reach a useful size, perhaps I can use next month’s yarn to make it bigger. At least next month I have more of a clue what to do with a skein, so hopefully won’t take so long before I can actually crochet with it!

Here’s the shawl so far:

The colours fit in well with a lot of the yarns I’ve used lately – greens, teals, blues
A close up so you can see all the colours, and the rather random pattern I’m creating!

By Suzy Shipman

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