Are you more proactive whilst we wait this out? Is being creative part of that?

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None of us could have imagined being told, as a nation, to stay home, to stay put, to remain at a social distance, to not see our friends and families. If you think back to January, the promises of a new year, can you remember what you hoped 2020 would bring? For me it certainly wasn’t curtailment. I live with family so I have company. Some of my friends and relatives live alone and they are already feeling low without company, despite social media, despite the telephone calls, despite interaction from a distance.

Today some members of my weekly craft group took part in an online video meeting. It perked many of us up and the opportunity to say hello and to do ‘show and tell’ of latest makes made it feel a little like a ‘normal’ Thursday morning get-together over coffee.

I recently read an article from someone who’d been in lockdown elsewhere for a few weeks. He explained how for the first 2 weeks the situation was choppy to deal with, he couldn’t really settle at much, watched way too many news reports, worried an awful lot. Then he said week 3 kicked in and he began to enjoy being slowed down, became more proactive and productive, albeit inside his home, he even thought positively about days and weeks ahead.

I think in a way, I am entering my ‘week 3 zone’, if I include the week before lockdown in the UK when I was at home supporting my husband getting over an operation. I really thought I’d relax more, sit around sewing or knitting whilst he slept or rested. However, I couldn’t settle to much and crafting took a bit of a back bench, just a few knit rows here and there.

So my ‘week 3’ – there’s progress on the mermaid and the blanket. I am jumping between projects because I need good daylight for the mermaid and have to count more, whereas the blanket needs less concentration and has become my go-to for tv time.

133 rows so far and still not looking like a mermaid yet!
On the home stretch, soon to be cast off and bordered.

I have even sewn a very little – part of an ongoing hexi patchwork project – a very little, mind you! Sometimes I wish the sofa throw I am working on had remained just a cushion project…

So there’s my show and tell. Where’s yours?

15 thoughts on “Are you more proactive whilst we wait this out? Is being creative part of that?

    Missy’s Crafty Mess/Missy’s Handarbeid said:
    April 2, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    This year was supposed to be good but started with a family members declining health and eventual death and slid into this undesirable situation. The up side is that my house hasn’t been this clean since before I had children! Wishing you the best!

      tinaor responded:
      April 3, 2020 at 8:38 am

      A sad start for you but glad you can see an up side. I keep thinking about doing a huge clean at home, only tickling the surface mostly for now !

    ReginaMary said:
    April 2, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    I have a show, but not much to tell. I am knitting quite a bit, but I am knitting much, much slower than ever. My mind is just wandering. I am working on a lace blanket, and I think I have ripped out more rows than not.

      tinaor responded:
      April 3, 2020 at 8:38 am

      That was my progress last week, slower than ever!

    knittingjane said:
    April 2, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    I am still working but find in my free time I want something dull and repetitive so don’t feel very creative at all 🌈

      tinaor responded:
      April 3, 2020 at 8:39 am

      Nothing wrong with needing a repetitive project. x

    tierneycreates said:
    April 3, 2020 at 3:29 am

    Great post and interesting perspective. Maybe now couple weeks and I’ll be able to settle in and be more positive and productive. Yes at the start of the year I could have never imagined this….

    quiteayarnblog said:
    April 3, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Both of your projects are looking great! Very glad you are settling in – you are right, this is pretty unprecedented! I feel very lucky that we have video meeting options to stay connected with friends and loved ones 🙂

    Judi Castille said:
    April 6, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Creativity is the best solution. Video linking a great idea. It motivates everyone to be able to share projects.

    quietwatercraft said:
    April 10, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    I really struggled the first few days after my furlough started, but aside from that I’ve done pretty much nothing but craft!

      tinaor responded:
      April 13, 2020 at 8:14 am

      Well done!

    suzlearnsfrench said:
    April 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I’ve been doing a handstand project. I’m in week 3 of 4, after this – I’m not sure – but I’m leaning toward crocheting. I hope you’ll finish the hexagon project.

      tinaor responded:
      April 29, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      Have you crocheted before? I am a basic crocheter, more a knitter, but enjoy crochet as you only have one stitch at a time to cope with!

        suzlearnsfrench said:
        April 29, 2020 at 1:56 pm

        Yes – I’ve made a few blankets. A couple of baby items and some doilies. The knitting seems more difficult.

    tinaor responded:
    April 29, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Funny, for me I learnt knitting first so crochet seems more difficult!

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