Monday, January 16, 2017

Waiting

  I am a patient person. I wasn't always this way, and I owe my change all to crocheting. I used to fidget nonstop. I couldn't stand waiting somewhere like a doctor's office and would pace around waiting rooms. I would be screaming inside my head (and sometimes out loud) in slow traffic. Through crochet, I've found a way to focus my extra energy into something productive. When I'm not working on something, I'm thinking about a pattern. And thanks to a healthy yarn stash, I don't mind having to wait when I run out of yarn for a project... I just start another!


crochet, lace, top, panels



  Okay, so maybe that's not always the best cure. Although my couch is slowly reappearing from the WIP pile, I'm still starting new projects. But, wait! I promise I'm not starting anything I won't finish. When I ran out of yarn for The Kid's purple mystery, I picked up another project that I've been slowly working out. I decided I hated it and ripped the whole thing back, then started over with another design. While digging through the stash, I found two other colors of the yarn I'm using. Yay!


Plymouth, Dreambaby, 4 ply, fingering weight, yarn


  I began working out pieces that will make my new top, now planning to use all three colors. I think the bluish-green yarn goes well with the cream, and it goes well with the yellow. But after a few minutes of staring at it on the table, I just couldn't like all three colors together. Plus, this pattern is using a bunch of strips joined together. Won't striping the colors just make it more difficult to work out other sizes? As it is now, you could just insert an extra panel or two to increase the size. Ah, easy is better.


crochet, top, lace, panels



  In the end, I added color by using the cream for the seams between pieces. I gives a nice pinstripe effect without making a loud design of colors. (But you could also make this in all one color!) By using this reversible seam, the project looks great on both sides. I prefer the side that has a little texture over the flat side... What do you think?


crochet, lace, top, panels


  So, this top was originally started as another project for The Kid. After having her try it on, I realized that it would be way too small... I tried to get the size right by adding a few inches to what fit me. (She is blessed where I am cursed, and it makes fitting a bit difficult when she's not around.) Instead of ripping back all I had done, I kept working the project to fit me. When I turned the tables and ripped it back anyways, I guess I could have gone back to making something for her... Since I already have the fluffy purple thing on the hook for her, I don't think she'll mind the trade-off. And oh, would you look at that... I happened to find some purple yarn in the same weight while digging through that stash... Guess maybe I'll have to make her one after all. 😉


Loops & Threads, Woolike, purple


  Now, let's get past all this rambling and into the thoughts that inspired it... I've found myself waiting on many things this week. 1) Buying more yarn: Check. Yesterday I made the trip and bought the last three balls, so I can be sure I'll have enough to finish. And I stuck to the rules. Besides another pack of stitch markers, that's all I bought. 2) My new camera! As of when I stared this post, the tracking information said it would be here today... And just right now while I was writing, it finally showed up!

Canon Rebel T5, kit, accessories


  That only leaves 3) An adjustable dressform. I'm still waiting. It was ordered... Two weeks ago? And I'm still waiting. Instead of getting antsy over it, I keep crocheting. Thanks to electronic tracking, I know it's on its very, very slow way. Once I have it, I'll be able to design things without having The Kid here for sizing. Until then: If it fits me, then I have a new top. And I can use the dummy later to make her another... In purple, of course.


  Well, work got a little buried under the frenzy of un-boxing the new camera. I had planned on getting my top finished tonight, but now maybe I won't. I'm itching to play with my new toy. This pattern is still going faster than I thought, being made with fingering weight yarn and a smaller hook. The panels are worked in a quick-turning multiple of two, and I only have a few more to make for a size small. We'll see how it goes. On second thought, I think I'll play with the camera tomorrow. Just like other things, it can wait... As long as there's something else to do. And especially if that something happens to be

Happy Crocheting!


PS- Have one last photo from the old camera to say goodbye. There. See? The crochet is back on the table, and the new camera is in its box until tomorrow. I promise. Seriously. I have to wait for the battery to charge, anyways... It might be done by midnight.

crochet, lace top, Canon Powershot

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6 comments:

  1. So funny and recognisable :-)
    Too bad about the top.. Love those colours!
    Have a nice day and enjoy your new camera,
    Sigrid

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    1. Thank you, Sigrid! I'm happier with the top the way it is now, and I know The Kid will like hers better in purple, anyway. Now if only I could stop working on it and go to bed!
      Hope you have a lovely day as well. ;)

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  2. Hi Jenny,
    hope you'll become best pals with your new camera!
    Frankly said I do not know about the purple... Not really my favourite colour either (along with grey). But then I cannot really understand my youngest either. He prefers anthracite, dark blue and black. URGH!! That's why he didn't get a scarf as a Christmaspresent!
    Right now I'm eagerly awaiting a drawercart. I need is desperately in the living room. My yarn is piled ontop of the stuff saved from the basement and the sight is getting pretty horrible! Not very patient here though - mum and dad are coming to visit...
    Have a lovely day experimenting with the camery,
    Marjan

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    1. Sorry Marjan, I suppose there are times when patience isn't an option. Hope you get that cart soon so you can enjoy their visit!
      If The Kid enjoyed purple "just because", I think it wouldn't be so bad... But I think the only reason she likes it is because of her favorite Minecraft character. I'm afraid I'll make her everything purple, and then next year she'll like green.
      I hope you have a wonderful day as well!

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  3. New camera!!! Woohoo! Is it a rebel? I can't quite tell from the photo.

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    1. Woohoo! Yes it IS a Rebel, but it's the older T5. Still, it's better than what I had! :-)

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