I was all set up to tell you about my ‘next big project’ and about how the sweater curse doesn’t apply to spouses, and about how swatching cotton is different than wool, but then…
Unexpected Challenges Can be More Fun!
My daughter, Dottie, is winding up a summer internship, one which she felt was very productive and important, and filled with people she is very glad she met. Last night we went out to get a handful of so last minute ‘goodbye’ gifts. They had to be inexpensive, most were candy but personal, and all from specific bonding experiences.. This one needed the perfect coffee mug. That one, a jar of peanut butter. For the third, nothing but a toy bug would do. Preferably a cockroach.
Let me point out that this conversation took place at nine o’clock on a Sunday night. She needed the presents by this morning. Needless to say she was more optimistic than I was.
Fortunately, I knew that Ravelry could save the day. I found two highly suitable free patterns, one knit and one crochet. I picked the one which didn’t require felting, The Teeny Dudes Cockroach. I went to my stash of ‘suitable for children and stuffed toys’ yarn and set to work.
I got about halfway done last night, but eventually put down my crochet hook and got a few hours of sleep, since I had to get up early in the morning anyway. I was able to finish (weave in ends and all) before Dottie left for her internship this morning.
I’ve been told it was a great success, and will help the recipient get over her fears.
I didn’t win the crochet hooks from Stitchen Stacey. I entered a drawing for 54 yards of fabric from Marshall Dry Goods (15 August)