Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lost without a Crochet Project

Okay, here we go...

First of all, this last week I have been floundering...yes floundering, lost, without purpose, sporadically searching for something, anything that I can lose myself in, a crochet project that will be big enough to last more than a day!

For a few days I thought maybe I lost my mojo...I was panicking that I would never get back into my crochet groove again. This was a horrible feeling. I looked on pinterest, ravelry, your blogs, crochet magazines, and even the hundreds of patterns I have printed from my computer and are somewhat organized in protective sleeves in binders. I realized several of those are duplicates and definitely need organized by projects, big, small, potholders, granny squares, shawls, baby stuff, etc.

I looked and looked and looked and nothing grabbed me, well some things grabbed me but I didn't have the yarn needed to start or finish many of them and I CANNOT BUY MORE YARN. So, I was floundering.

Here's what happened...

I finished my angel dress and my first Just Crochet sweater and bonnet for Baby Emma, (she will be here soon, August 20th).

So...I didn't have another project lined up. I didn't want to just weave in all those ends on my Ripple and my Blues afghans. Not something I can get excited about but I was so desperate for a project I dare say I almost did it!

So I started with some small things...

My favorite easy potholder pattern, it was fun but didn't last long enough. 

Then, being inspired by Made in K Town post for Beyond the Square Motifs, I thought I would do some of those...

They were pleasing to work on but again...didn't last long enough.

So...I tried some more baby booties! Ugggh! I HATE doing baby booties. I have tried several different patterns, even bought one hoping it would be better than the freebies but oh no...I just can't do baby booties. They never come out the same size!

Either I can't be consistent with my tension or I just add a row or leave off something or one is turned wrong side out and the other is correct! Ugggh! Baby Booties Suck!! I'm feel very strongly about this as you can tell so I am going to show you all of the baby booties I have made but couldn't give to my daughter for Baby Emma.

 This is very looks like a bootie graveyard...
I'm so ashamed to show you all of my mistakes but I am curious...has anyone else had this problem with baby booties or is it just me?

Anyway...back to my mojo or lack of mojo...I had some scraps so I made these cute little granny squares and they didn't do it for me either.

So...I made a cute little flower coaster. Kind of cool but not something I wanted to do a whole set of.


Finally yesterday I put all my scraps away and cleaned off the couch and thought...What have I been putting off making because I've been so busy with baby stuff??

Ah Hah!! That's right, an Ah Hah moment!

The Sidewalk Shawl...

This has been in my queue forever!! I had even bought the 6 skeins of the Debbie Stoller yarn in the Mercury for this pattern. Why it didn't dawn on me before I don't know did the trick. Its back! That wonderful feeling of escaping in a new pattern that I have to pay attention to what I'm doing but not so difficult I can't watch TV and work on it. The yarn is lovely to work with, no splitting and so soft. It already is looking so pretty and I am excited because I will have to block it!! I know that's crazy but I've never made anything that is elegant enough to need blocking!! Woo HOO!

I think I have made it past the hump. Now I have a project that I can't wait to work on and don't want to stop. It's so good to not be lost, floundering. wandering around aimlessly. I have focus again and can get on with the rest of my life, happily knowing that waiting for me is the comfort of lovely yarn, beautiful pattern, and a soothing color anytime I want to pick it up! Ahhhh! Life is good again!

Happy Crocheting!!


  1. Ah yes - I've had that problem quite a few times. I don't like it.

    Poor little baby booties - maybe you can make them into change purses or put a little jar in one for a small plant.

    Have fun crocheting the shawl. :)

  2. I believe I'm in that stage right now. Sometimes I just need to switch it up to a different craft (knitting, papercrafting) until I come across omething amazing to crochet. Love that shawl! Looks great so far! :)

    Grace Ann

  3. I know just how you feel, it's awful when you don't have something that you can loose yourself into. I think that's why I have so many things on the go at once theres always some thing to grab my attention. I love the shawl, I hope that you continue to have fun making it. I am totally with you on baby booties mine never turn out right either...I thought it was just me so glad I'm not alone :)

    1. Thank you Linda! I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with baby bootie block.

  4. Hi dear Eileen, I like your blog new theme so so much. It is very suitable for summer.. I like your baby sweater set so much. You know my mother likes to make baby sweaters so much. I will show yours to her... I like all your granny motifs. I may try to make of course.. And of course, I like the shawl so so much.. But I don't know to make that kind of shawl.. I must learn to make in a veey short time...
    Happy Sunday....:))

  5. We have been waiting for you to start. Lol. I am about as far as you are. I love the pattern and the yarn. I post photos later, once I get some chores done. I haven't posted any for the CAL yet. I have been working on it though. Talk to you soon. XOXO

    1. OMG! I haven't check on the CAL for the Sidewalk Shawl. I forgot all about it. Yes, I read on your blog that you had started so I think that's why I had my Ah Hah moment. It must have been in my sub concious that it was time to start on it. Can't wait to see your progress.

  6. Wow, your blog has a whole new look.. love it! Wow, you've been busy! You're an inspiration. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Okay first of all your statement that booties suck, just cracked me up. I think you should do a yarn bombing with all of you square, coaster and booties. I love that shawl and I have been thinking seriously about making it. Now you have got me even more interested.
    Glad your mojo is back.

    1. Thank you Meredith. You should join our CAL on Ravelry with Kashi and me!

  8. I love the new facelift on your blog.. and so happy you are back in the swing of things!!! I have also made some changes on my blog as well..I get bored with the same old thing so I change it around..


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