Sunday, 30 May 2010

Positives and Negatives

Hello again,

So lovely to be back typing on my blog again! Such a Positive feeling!

I have had a horrible week at my work: it's one of the busiest times of the year for me, and although I technically only work 3 days a week, I've been working around the clock for the past week or so. So now I am emerging from a cloud of over-work and lack-of-sleep to a beautiful Autumn day and I'm making the most of it to relax and recover.

So, all that extra work - definitely a Negative. :-(

This beautiful day for rest and recovery - definitely a Positive. :-)

This is the view from my back deck this afternoon as I type on my laptop. :-)

Another Negative: NO CROCHET! That's right, I have been working day and night, and my crochet - ALL the current WIPs - have been left untouched! :-( What a Negative!

That's another thing to add to my Never Knew List: I Never Knew a lack of crochet time would ever bother me! But it did! Knowing it was sitting there, untouched, made me feel really down. :-(

BUT there IS a Positive: I have been working hard to catch up this weekend! :-) I am seven stripes (fourteen rows) behind in my goal of a stripe-a-day for my son's blanket. Seven stripes! But today, I have TIME. Well, I suppose, I
could be cleaning, or washing clothes, or a dozen other jobs, but they can wait until tomorrow. Today is crochet catch-up day - yay, yay, yay, yay, YAY. :-)

And another, wonderful, Positive thing happened this weekend: I saw my name and blog linked on someone else's blog! :-)

Karin, from Karin aan de Haak, has decided to try the pattern that I'm using for Oliver's Rainsong Blanket. She explains on her post that she saw my work and loved the pattern, so now she's giving it a go! What a Positive, to see that my crochet has inspired someone else. It really made my day! I can't wait to see her finished blanket. Karin is one speedy crocheter, so the odds are on her finishing before me, even though I started months ago! :-) She's going for a really multi-coloured look; check it out here.

As for my Rainsong Blanket, despite the set-back this week, it IS coming along nicely:

It's getting longer!

I have a couple of concerns: 1) I'm not sure the remaining yarn is enough for the length I want (!) and 2) I need to decide how to edge the finished work, and also how much yarn I will need for that. Hmmmm.... tricky, tricky... Any advice regarding this from clever-crochet-people would be most welcome!

Well, I'm off to do another stripe.
Enjoy your day, wherever you are in the world,
Caz :)


  1. I can relate to how you feel Caz - I work part time, but also had a hectic couple of weeks meeting a deadline. The time away from my crochet was horrible!
    I love your blog and beautiful crochet projects. The Rainsong blanket is wonderful!

  2. This is my first time on your blog and I loved the story how you became 'hooked'. My Granny tought met how to crochet and recently I made my own (two) granny-blanket. One if very splashy colours, and the other one is actually a very big granny. And I'm still not done.
    Joined you as a follower, and will keep you in sight.

  3. Hi Caz!
    It's great to be inspired by your fantastic "Never-Knew-Crochet-Artwork"!This whole blogging thing is lifting up our creativity!
    Let's stay positive. Colourful crochet makes us very happy.
    Today I wrote a post about the larkfootstitch. I've used your photo, hope it's oke?
    I send you all my positivity with love!
    ~X~ Karin

  4. It is amazing how work can really cramp my crocheting, but I suppose without work, I wouldn't have the money to buy yarn, let alone anything else.

    Your blanket is sure looking nice. Hope you have enough to finish. Maybe you could do the same pattern for the edge...just around it, instead of in rows?

  5. Caz your life does look hard sitting on that deck. How dare work interfere - pity we need the money for the yarn!!!

  6. Hi Caz, I have some questions about the blanket. I loved the first photo I saw of this blanket and have been keeping it at the back of my mind. So now I need a new blanket and I would like to use this pattern, so ....
    how many chains did you start with?
    how wide is it?
    does the pattern use a lot of yarn?
    are you working with 8ply?
    how many rows does a 50g ball do?

    Sorry for all the questions, but I am trying to be prepared!!! Don't want to run out :-)