Hello! Welcome to something new, and something that is probably better achieved on video than on a blog, but we’ll see how it goes – my little cosy, crafting corner. Find a nice drink, and some snacks and sit back and enjoy the rambling about crochet, knitting and anything and everything in between.
I’ve had a pretty productive crafting week as weeks go. I’ve done more crafting than I have for a while, and that’s down to covid. I tested positive for the dreaded virus last Saturday so I’ve been isolating myself all week! My symptoms were quite mild, so I spent nearly all of my time on crochet and knitting. It was great and it definitely helped to stave off the boredom since I couldn’t focus on reading.
Crochet and Knitting
It was a new project too – the In The Pink colour way of V-Stitch baby blanket from Black Sheep Wools – and the perfect project to work on. It was mindless, enjoyable and surprisingly quick to whip up. I didn’t do all the border rounds (I don’t like a really huge border on blankets) but I was really satisfied with how it turned out, especially as I wasn’t convinced that my stitch count for the border would work. I know there were instructions in the pattern for the spread of stitches down the sides, but it didn’t make sense to me, so I went rogue and did what I thought was right. I haven’t blocked the blanket yet and it is pretty straight so whatever I did must have worked!
And if that wasn’t an achievement in itself, I even picked up my garment knitting again, which has been in the WIP pile since 2020. Honestly, I don’t know why I keep stalling on this project because once I get my head around the terminology and the instructions for increasing/decreasing, it’s easy! It’s a simple stockinette all the way from top to bottom. It’s a James C Brett DK pattern (number JB414) and all I have left to complete is half a sleeve, the neckband, and the seaming together of all the pieces. I knit on the majority of that sleeve yesterday, so I know I can finish the rest pretty quickly if I give myself time to do it. I’m sure it will be a nice summery top too, so finishing it soon would be ideal.
I did say before that I couldn’t focus on reading, and it’s true. I can’t concentrate on reading new books when I’m unwell, mildly or otherwise. If I do fancy reading, I turn to my trusted audiobook library, and that is exactly what I did. I listened to four out of eight individual All Creatures Great and Small books by James Herriot: If Only They Could Talk, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet, Let Sleeping Vets Lie, and Vet in Harness.
I’ve mentioned them a few times on my other blog before but, for me, they’re the perfect comfort reads. They don’t create any anxiety, you’re easily swept up by the prose, there’s no calmer setting than pre-war Yorkshire Dales, and they’re incredibly light-hearted. I was watching the TV adaptations again too, so reading these again felt right. There’s no doubt I’ll listen to the rest of them over the course of the next week.
I don’t think I have anything else to add. I just find it strange that after being cooped up in my room all week, that’s where I am again today. You’d think I would want to be elsewhere. Saying that I would actually prefer to be at YALC (the Young Adult Literature Convention), which is where I was supposed to be but I only tested negative properly for the first time this morning, and I’m a northerner who doesn’t have easy access to the main train station, so no YALC for me this year.