Sunday, January 23, 2011

I am not dead, just buried (under a sea of boxes)

I had to move a tower of boxes to even get to my computer to write this.

I get the keys to my new house on Friday. I am alternately excited, and terrified. I am looking forward to living in a new house (open plan! bigger kitchen! brand new refurb!) but despite the best efforts of the people who helped me clean and pack today I am still worried (not enough boxes/too much stuff, co-ordinating everything).

Moving will be good for me. I'd just rather not have to do it. All my craft stuff is packed away and I should probably have packed the computer as well by now. Oh, and as I am back to work full-time now I am finding out how to push my body through previously undiscovered levels of tiredness.

Somehow, I just have to make it through this week. Then I get four days before my Open University course starts. Did someone say 2011 was going to be easier?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

First make of the year

I have about half a dozen draft blog posts sitting here, waiting to be finished. I started a review of last year, and then I started thinking about what I want from this year, and each post was more rambling than the last.

However, I think I have summed it up:
2010 - cancer
2011 - no cancer

Do I need to say any more?

chain scarf

And so...on to the first of this year's crocheted items. I shouldn't be making things. I should be packing because I move in two weeks. I should be getting an early night because I haven't been sleeping well. I should be reading my study guides because my OU course starts in a month. Whatever. The 'shoulds' have never stopped me before.

This is a pretty simple scarf recently published in the crochet magazine I read. Chains and double crochets are super-easy, the only complicated thing is the 306 chain you need to start with. I lost count every time. The lovely effect comes from using a variegated yarn - this is a yarn which normally knits up to produce a fake fair-isle effect, but when crocheted comes out in beautiful stripes. This one is mum's - I'm working on one for Mindy and then one for myself. If I do mine last, it doesn't matter if I get bored and stop halfway through ;)