Whilst waiting for the world to end, another yarn

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At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic it helped to be actually doing something rather than just waiting for the world to expire. The immediate shut down of the country and the curtailment of life as we knew it was a shock and amidst feeling scared and nervous creating things became urgent and necessary. I churned out one craft project after another. I finished knits, made new ones, crocheted, cut and stitched fabrics, made presents and created things to use myself right then. I indulged in my love of making things but it was also a lot about tidying up in the home, validating items, it even crossed my mind about what loved ones might have to sort out if I didn’t make it through Covid 19. I wanted to enjoy what I had whilst I was able to. I wanted others not to have to sort through half done projects and wonder what on earth I had ever planned with the bags and boxes of (in their eyes) ‘stuff’. I am not sure I even voiced this, except to myself. Days merged into one another.

As the weeks have gone by my craft progress has declined. Not gone away totally, just slowed. Making things seems less pressing. I was talking (online) to some crafting friends and most of us agreed we are all in less of a crafting frenzy. For some, trying to get back to anything resembling ‘normality’ is now more urgent. We have mostly settled into some kind of rhythm. We are all still creating – even if something is in a planning stage rather than physical. In my own house I look around the areas where I usually craft and there again are the carefree signs, half used balls of yarn, snippets of fabric, piles of things not being used and not put back in any order (yet).

One little project just finished. A baby blanket for perhaps a crib or travel seat. This became my knit to hand when I watched tv. I am still working on last week’s crochet top which is being redesigned as it progresses. More next time about that.

Please know, I am not undermining the care we all have to continue with in our daily lives, be it in the home or outside, be it no change at all for now. Stay safe.

22 thoughts on “Whilst waiting for the world to end, another yarn

    ReginaMary said:
    June 11, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I understand everything you say. It seems we all go through these emotional ebbs and flows of thought, creativity, activity and then quiet. I think it is natural and we all do it in different ways or in different order. I feel like I am on the ocean, and wherever the waves take me is where my day goes. I try not to fight the events around me or the emotions within me.
    Take care of yourself, Tina!

      tinaor responded:
      June 11, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you. And back to you too.

    quiteayarnblog said:
    June 12, 2020 at 7:00 am

    I agree – there was so much uncertainty and fear in the air at the beginning of this. I don’t say we are out of it now, but things have definitely calmed down for the most part.

      tinaor responded:
      June 12, 2020 at 9:37 am

      I think calmed down and for many, quite boring and tedious now.

    IdleEmma said:
    June 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I was the same, during the start of lockdown back in March and in April I was wiring my way through projects but I have slowed down now a bit. That crafting frenzy was nice but certainly not sustainable!

      tinaor responded:
      June 14, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      True – but with the amount of yarn and fabric I own I could keep going for many weeks! Think my husband wishes I was working away and ‘clearing out’ my stash!

        IdleEmma said:
        June 17, 2020 at 1:34 pm

        Clearing out stash is a myth 😀

        tinaor responded:
        June 17, 2020 at 3:05 pm

        IdleEmma – that is so funny! I spent some time today sorting through a little of my stash and magazines – I ended up just putting it all back in a different order!

        IdleEmma said:
        June 22, 2020 at 4:15 pm

        Yup – every ‘stash clear out’ just turns into a reorganisation so you better understand what you have which you will must definitely use up now that it’s all tidy and you know what you have! 😀

        tinaor responded:
        June 24, 2020 at 3:16 pm

        It also highlights for me all the occasions I bought something without having any sort of plan for it!

        IdleEmma said:
        June 25, 2020 at 10:42 am

        I try hard to only buy yarn if I have an intended purpose for it but it turns out that restraint goes out the window when hand dyed yarns are involved!

        tinaor responded:
        June 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

        Good idea. My problem (I call it a problem, others may not) is that when I start getting bored/stuck on a current project my mind wanders to others.

        IdleEmma said:
        July 3, 2020 at 11:37 pm

        Same. I’ve been avoiding my advent blanket for a while now – if I just sat down and finished crocheting those squares I could be finished with it in a few days but instead I’ve started (and finished) about a half dozen other projects!

        tinaor responded:
        July 4, 2020 at 3:17 pm

        Oh ditto – lots of half done/half started projects. Oops! Trouble is, often as you craft your mind starts thinking about your next project and if the material is to hand then it ‘jumps’ into your lap and asks to be cast on!

        IdleEmma said:
        July 6, 2020 at 10:20 am

        Yes! It’s so hard to resist thinking about the next project, especially when you hit the mid-way mark of your current one and motivation starts to wane.

    tierneycreates said:
    June 12, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    That is a lovely piece and crafting is what has gotten me though. Thanks for sharing your struggles and glad you’ve made it through (I did the same thing, thinking for a moment who would get what if COVID took me out)

      tinaor responded:
      June 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you tierneycreates.

    Olivia said:
    June 15, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my goodness I love the baby blanket I am in the throes of making baby blankets right now and the one I’m working on is gigantic. If I actually finish it it will be good for a twin size bed I think. I’m following the pattern using the yarn they suggested and still is huge. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to continue working on a blanket in the summer but I will trudge on, However slowly. But that sweet little blanket you just made is precious. I did a small cotton blanket that I finished last week for my son’s baby due in August. But yours is lovely. I kind of had the opposite problem. When the pandemic started I was frozen I didn’t wanna work on anything. And then when I realized I wasn’t going to die the next day I started slowly working on things again. I now actually have two projects going which is unusual for me. But aren’t we all thankful we have crafts to create to keep us busy when it seems the world is on fire.

      tinaor responded:
      June 15, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you Olivia. Good luck with your huge blanket. I know what you mean about working on something large and warm in the summer – it can be a bit much as it drapes over your lap in the heat – the opposite when it’s winter and then it’s an added bonus! I have one friend who was the same as you at the beginning of the pandemic – she couldn’t start a thing, but now she’s happily knitting away at her fairly usual rate.

    restlessjo said:
    June 21, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Such a delight to make baby things- even though they outgrow them immediately. I remember those days with affection 🙂 🙂

      tinaor responded:
      June 24, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Restlessjo I know what you mean though I have memories of some homeknits stretching a bit- one of my son’s first cardigans from Granny seemed to last a lot longer than just when he was newborn – and it stretched gracefully not badly.

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