A handful of squares

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Many years ago, possibly more than six and less than ten, I remember playing around with textures and knitting a few odd squares. I never did anything more with them and they were lost into the ether of WIPs (Works in Progress) and UFOs (Unfinished Objects) – long lost, until recently. So rediscovering a few that complimented each other, I turned them into a small blanket for a doll’s pram. There are three little girls in my extended family who weren’t even twinkles until 4 years ago and I hope one of them has a dolly who needs to keep warm on chilly days! It wasn’t an exciting new project, the squares aren’t perfect but it means one less guilt trip when I dive into the mystery cupboard of yarn and sewing projects.

Having had more time at home recently I’ve had the inclination to sort out cupboards. In the kitchen those chipped pots have been chucked, the plastic tubs now have matching lids and I have stock of store cupboard herbs and essentials. I’ve found a few things to cook that I didn’t even remember buying! I know I am amongst the many who have taken the opportunity of lockdown to take stock of many things in their lives, sorting cupboards is just a very little of it.

My enthusiasm has slowed a little, I guess the ‘novelty’ has worn off, but I am still trying to go through my craft projects and use my stash as much as possible. As I am making decisions about what to finish or abandon it has been beautifully warm here in the south east of the UK, like summer come early. I was tempted to start a new summer project and thought perhaps it was a little deserved after my sorting and stacking. If I learned something new along the way then it counted as ‘improving my mind’ and not ‘wasting my time’ and I reckon that’s ok as a little reward.

Thus, a crochet top has become a new WIP. I have patiently learned The Magic Loop. There’s been trial and error with pattern reading (US vs UK crochet terms) and keeping tension. Crochet is still quite a new hobby. This is the beginning of what I hope will become a droopy top to be worn over a summer vest.

During the coronavirus lockdown I try to think of positive things to keep busy. I value my family more, I value what we have and I think about the future, being kinder to each other. I hope others are finding similar solace.

6 thoughts on “A handful of squares

    ReginaMary said:
    June 3, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I love the way the color blocks complement one another. Yes, this virus has brought a deeper and more valuable perspective to me and my family.

    handmadeknits said:
    June 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve restarted knitting cotton wash clothes and face wipes in my quest to use less single use items. We bought a lovely mandarin hand wash from the eco friendly weigh shop.
    My thoughts have turned to planting up pots, so I’ve been spending money on plants for me but potting up plants for my parents to enjoy in their back yard, as they have been at home throughout lock down 😊

      tinaor responded:
      June 4, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      Ooh great idea with the knitted wash cloths – just a thought, they could be used as one use hand towels if you were concerned about people using your toilet facilities if they aren’t members of your household (thinking ahead as lockdown lifts and still being cautious!). Nice of you to pot plants for your parents. I hope they enjoy their new plants.

    knittingjane said:
    June 3, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    What a pretty little blanket. Home and keeping parents busy are top of my priority list at the moment ❤

    quiteayarnblog said:
    June 4, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Very pretty blanket, and a great way to use up experimental blocks. Yes, this quarantine situation has been a great chance to really go through things in the house and do some serious sorting.

    Olivia said:
    June 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Love the color of the new summer top. Also maybe you can get a dolly to go with that wee blanket. It’s precious

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