This week has been long on sick kids, working hours (my real job is a hydrogeologist) and short on either blogging or crafting. How do other people manage? A set time each day or week? Two hours sleep a night? Or like me just muddle through occasionally ignoring the swaying pile of dishes that teeters by the sink?
In fact what I often do is sit on the sofa in the kids bedroom and crochet while watching them play. I don't feel I've abandoned them and they have my attention. One of the bonus's of having an aspie kid is that when he is doing something he is interested in, like playing with cars or trains, he can have a long attention span.
Crochet Crocodile Style
I did spend a little time this week working on one of my ripple blankets which is growing nicely, but what I am really happy about is that I finally took the plunge on learning a stitch I've been putting off for a while - crocodile stitch!
I've seen a few pictures on pinterest etc using this stitch, often with slow colour changing yarn, with really spectacular and complicated looking results.
Michael Sellick's you tube video tutorial and it suddenly clicked.
I used some purple yarn left over from my African Flowers and after a few false starts I was making crocodile scales. And guess what? It is really easy! Seriously I love this stitch.
I quite quickly worked up a few rows which in this stitch soon adds up and was quietly chuffed with the result. I debated carrying on and making a scarf but I have enough UFOs as it is so decided to make something with the sample I'd made.
There was something I'd been thinking about making, although I hadn't decided whether I'd sew, knit, crochet or what.
Ta daa! Ok so it may not be obvious but what this is, is a earbud, or earphone caddy that from now on will be attached to my hand bag. I travel by train most days and while sometimes I am able to sit and crochet, there are plenty of times I'm playing sardines and maintaining my sanity by listening to an audio book on my phone. On these occasions the people around me definitely don't enjoy me rootling around in my bag and pockets as I attempt to locate a pair of ear phones, elbows flying in all directions.
To find out what other crafters have been up to this week please visit Handmade Monday.
Have a great week.