I've had a break from all things technical for a few days. Just to clear my mind a little. This morning, however, I felt the need to come and chat to you so here I am. Hello! :-)
I bought four balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Baby Pink several weeks ago. I'll be honest, it was a bit of an indulgent purchase because I wasn't terribly sure what my intentions were at the time. During the course of last week, I decided to crochet myself a scarf. Similar in style to the Manly Scarf I made some months ago, in a soft rib, but with some very slight differences*. I don't particularly need another scarf, I just wanted to crochet for crochet's sake - 'comfort crochet' I suppose! The muted colour suited my mood and the uncomplicated design soothed me. (I've long thought that the medical profession are missing a trick by not prescribing crochet, seriously!)
Despite it being super long (it wraps around my neck three times), I finished it within a few days, using all four 50g balls. Me, being me, then felt the need to add a little extra. A little trim or flourish to make it 'mine'. I'm definitely going to include the chocolate bow. I love it. The edging you see in the pictures is, I think, one of about thirty different attempts though. I've spent more time faffing around with that than I have making the whole scarf. And I'm still not sure it's right. It's been driving me bonkers!
So I've put the scarf down and am ignoring it for a few days. Ha!
*I started with a chain of 300 (using a 6mm hook) and then crocheted (with a 5mm hook) alternate rows of regular half treble (half double US) and half treble in the back loops. I only used one chain at the beginning of each row rather than two - it has created a much neater, straighter edge and has stopped the scarf splaying out at the ends.
I must tell you about my latest yarn crush too. Debbie Bliss Rialto dk. Have you tried it? I bought one ball before Christmas to try and, OMG, it's just gorgeous! It's 100% wool, as soft as butter, drapes like silk and is a total dream to crochet with. I've reinvested some of my pattern earnings and bought a cheery selection for my next design. How fabulous are those colours? I've done nothing more than gaze and occasionally squish them so far but the itch to break into them has already started!
The title of this blog post applies to all areas of my life at the moment. I just wanted to reiterate how very much I appreciate your comments and emails which I'm continuing to receive on a daily basis. I stand by my promise to reply to every single one but it's going to take me a little longer than I'd originally intended for a variety of reasons. Please be assured that I am reading them and I will be in touch soon.