Almost there! Letter Y for the spanking challenge is about yarn 🙂
I wrote all about crafting in my H: Hand crafts post, which included fun stuff like jewelry, sewing and other quick fun stuff. Today is about the longer projects. The ones using yarn.
Ok, to the best of my knowledge, there are two ways to work with yarn. One is to crochet – using one needle that has a hook on the end of it, so you can hook the stitches.
I do have some crocheted scarves, but could not find any to post. (they are all up in the winter bags. which is funny, because it normally takes me until at least August before I put away the winter stuff. Next February, I’ll put away the summer clothes 🙂 )
The other way, is to knit – using two long, slender needles with pointed ends.
Because of some great help through friends like Patricia Green and online tutorials (thanks also to Celeste Jones), I was able to teach myself to knit.
My favorite kind of knitting is the ruffle scarf. It has holes at the top, so casting on and off is a lot easier. I can usually do one long scarf in about three hours. (Of course, I have not sat down for three hours straight, in a very long time, so this “three hours” is more like two weeks.) This means I sometimes lose a stitch or two off my needle when I go to pick it up again.
Which means, sometimes I have to start the WHOLE $%(* thing again! LOL I have not learned how to count or re-stitch a missed stitch.
So some projects take six weeks.
Why would someone do this to themselves?!?
I don’t know. Maybe I really am a masochist? 🙂
No, it’s just that I like the finished product. I love how it looks, finally draped over a loved one or friend’s neck; how they ooh and ah; and really seem to like it.
Which reminds me. I never really thanked my mother and hubby’s granny for making the awesome blankets for us.
This one was a wedding gift for hubby and me.
Holy cow, the thing is freaking huge! How long did this take to make?! And do you see all the cool designs?
These ones are baby blankets for each of my children. (Yes, there is a kitten on this one. She was very happy I laid it out for her comfort while taking pictures. :))
Look at the intricate pattern on this one.
I am so amazed that someone could not only do this, but that they would put THAT much time and effort into it.
I need to call them both again, and thank them (since they hopefully, do not read this blog 🙂 )
This also got me thinking about my attention span. I gripe and groan over sitting still with nothing to do, no music, no nook, no laptop, when we go “out of service” range.
I HATE sitting still. And honestly, I can only do the mind numbing, yet relaxing, knitting or crocheting, if I am being entertained another way.
But wouldn’t it be cool every once in a while, to just turn off the cell phone, turn down the answering machine, turn off and unplug the IPOD, IPAD, laptop, desktop, Nook, Kindle, Wii, and TV;
and just chill and,
I don’t know.
Knit a huge blanket with my husband while talking idly about whatever pops into our heads?
Or to have a fun night knitting with girlfriends?
It sounds nice. Really. To escape from technology and real life for just a night or two. (Ok, I’m having another one of my “I just want to move to the country and escape it all” moments)
LOL, that’s me. The unfinished project, gal. 🙂
But it would be nice to just entertain ourselves and each other with nothing more than our words, our creativity, two big needles, and some big balls of yarn.
LOL, if only I could find some real life friends to knit with instead of virtual ones.
Then again, I don’t know if I actually would be able to multi-task while knitting.
This is how I envision myself when working with yarn.
Unfortunately, this is probably a better expression.
So here’s to yarn,
whether it be big or small
a short time or long time of effort
Here’s to taking a little time away from technological entertainment,
to creating our own fun.
(See? Even kitty likes it! 🙂 )
Thanks for stopping by today!
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