Friday, May 27, 2016

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Darling, beautiful, gorgeous May. I sit beside the open window, breathing lilac. Songbirds trill. Even my neighbor's lawnmower is evoking happy, nostalgic reveries of pastoral life. Summer! How I love you. There is the giant crochet granny, slowly growing (though I am, as always, torn between putting a few rounds on it and dropping everything to read this book.)
It grows, I swear. It's one of those things that is fully about the process, because probably in the end I will just fold it neatly and put it on a shelf. Maybe not. Maybe I will paint one room completely white and take everything out of it except the perfectly-beat-up thrift store bed, a stack of books. I'll hang one perfect piece of vintage art slightly off-center on an otherwise empty wall, and then I'll throw this blanket artfully across the rumpled white linens. Maybe a plant. Goals. Meanwhile, I just really do love to crochet, and I really do love to choose the next color; something about that is so satisfying. Watching the colors pile up next to each other is a thrill, every time.
I finally swapped out the (beautiful but waaaay tooooo looooong) turned wooden needles that are such a joy to look at and to dream of using but which are annoying in the extreme for this much more efficient slippery circular needle, and now this project is finally clipping along at a decent pace. Using the right tools for a project makes all the difference in the world. Knit? Crochet? Read? I can't decide. I also want to sew, embroider, paint, spin, bake a pie, hook a rug from wool I dyed myself using plants from the garden, learn to make wine, write a novel. Etc.
 
 

 

29 comments:

  1. I love granny's like yours. I have several scattered about our home and camping trailer. Your knitting is wonderful. I agree, it's hard to choose what to do next when there are so many possibilities.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  2. Always such a hard decision when you have so many possibilities, maybe a little of each!!!

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  3. I agree about the crochet blanket it's so soothing but really do I need another one, no. But as I say to my friends it's the journey not the end. Slippery is better.

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  4. Yes,I totally understand what you wtite i this post. How lucky we are, never to be bored (I tell myself very often).
    Enjoy this weekend,
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  5. Yes,I totally understand what you wtite i this post. How lucky we are, never to be bored (I tell myself very often).
    Enjoy this weekend,
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  6. I love summer too! That lovely book is on my night table . . . along with two others. I know well the feeling - should I just take a few more stitches (quilting that is) or dive into my book? Such great choices, but honestly I've got to get back to my household stuff for now.

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  7. Oh, yes. The ability to sleep with the windows open all night, the birds singing in the morning, the beautiful breeze, the smell of freshly cut grass... and somehow it inspires you to make All Of The Things. Which, of course, you can't, so you think why not just refill this glass with more ice water and read another chapter? ...I love May so much!

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  8. Always love seeing what you are working on! I too wish to do so many different things; there is not enough time!

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  9. I love your granny blanket. I have made two half-granny shawls with leftover sock yarn. Sheer joy to make. Unique personalities. Compliments every time I wear it. Men point it out to their women! Your idea for the bedroom is terrific.

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  10. I love your granny blanket. I have made two half-granny shawls with leftover sock yarn. Sheer joy to make. Unique personalities. Compliments every time I wear it. Men point it out to their women! Your idea for the bedroom is terrific.

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    1. Now I want to make a half-granny sock leftovers shawl, too! Fortunately, the sock yarn leftovers seem to be self-generating. :D

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  11. Oh yes! I want to do all those things too...! There's never enough time. As someone else has said, how lucky we are to never feel bored. My kids are the same - wherever you go in this house there are projects on the go - sewing, painting, boat building, balsa aeroplane construction, mad hybrid bicycle/motorbike/lawnmower engine machines. It is utter chaos and a bit of a mess, but I never hear 'I'm bored'. Me - a cup of tea, a cat and some crochet - bliss. Enjoy May and all her loveliness!

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  12. Kristin, thanks for reminding me about the Helen Simonson book. I have meant to borrow it from the library.
    Your granny crocheting's colors are very beautiful. Isn't it fun to select the color for the next round!
    I only use bamboo dp needles when using yarn that that is a bit too slippery on other needles. Otherwise, they are a bit too much of a slow down.

    Happy weekend! xo

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    1. Oops, of course I meant Kristen. xo

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  13. I could look at pictures of granny crochet all day long. The book seems perfect for a summer read.
    Great bedroom idea too, right down to the vintage art slightly off center.

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  14. Yes, Yes, yes....all of the above. I go from project to project, then start another, then make soup. Isn't life great?

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  15. Kristen, have you ever heard of Craftlit? Its a podcast for crafters, that listens to audiobooks and is hosted by an English teacher; we are listening to The Count of Monte Cristo right now, and its glorious! I can knit and listen at the same time!!!

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    1. Ooh, I'll be adding that one to my list! Thank you. :)

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  16. Your last sentence made me laugh Kristen because it could've come straight out of my mouth! And because only yesterday evening I was pinning pins about natural dyeing!
    loving the granny, can just see it draped artistically in that sparse white room creating a Statement.
    Book looks interetsing, enjoy you weekend whatever you feel moved to do. Me, I'm torn between the many veggie gardening jobs I need to do, a recently started new low vol patchwork cushion, a chicken scratch embroidery for a commission, walking the dog, reading Emma by Jane Austen, washing up (nah!), painting a table and starting a new crochet blanket.
    Gill xx

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    1. Gill, you're a blur of activity! :)

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  17. Can I move in to your room when you do it? Today I should be cleaning, clearing and stacking but I need to sit and read and catch up on people, some of whom I follow obsessively, some only occasionally. Crochet? Yes, I need to soon... perhaps I'll get a cup of tea and get the big ripple blanket I'm supposed to do.

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  18. The right tools are everything! Time and again I return to my signature #6's. Love them.
    I wish we were neighbors.

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  19. I love your blanket! I know what you mean about wanting to do all of those things! So many interests, so little time.

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  20. How did you manage to keep knitting while crying?! I finished that book a little after midnight and I could barely read the last several pages through the tears! Have you read her first novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand? Also amazing, but with far fewer tears...

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    1. I loved Major Pettigrew, too. Beautiful setting and sense of place, which is my favorite part of a book. :)

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  21. Hi, I have been too long away from your blog. I love your projects. If you have time would you please direct me to your crochet pattern. I love it!!

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  22. Hi, I have been too long away from your blog. I love your projects. If you have time would you please direct me to your crochet pattern. I love it!!

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    1. Hi Marsha,

      There's no pattern, really--it's just a standard granny square, growing huger and huger as I use up all my yarn scraps. :)

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