Thursday, April 29, 2010

Proliferating Options



I got another ball of crochet thread today. And three new hooks in sizes I didn't have. I had 2, 8, 9, 10 and 11 from Ed's grandmother's sewing basket. the larger numbers have smaller hooks and smaller hooks encourage smaller stitches which makes the item tight and stiff while larger hooks encourage a looser, lacier look.

I meant to get pics of what I've accomplished this past week so I could show off here tonight but I was so busy crocheting I lost track of time and next thing I knew Ed was settling in for the night. Can't be setting off the flash in his face now.

At midnight tonight it will have been one whole week since I fell into the time warp and became taken over by the hook and thread. I have crocheted at least 25 bookmarks and possibly two or three more than that. I have 'created' several more patterns which are all essentially variations on the themes of the patterns I was already doing but still gives the bookmark a unique look. Every time I do that I then want to make it in as many colors or color combos as I can with the thread palette I have.

The thread I got today isn't really a new color or even size. It's white size 10. But it is a different texture than the mercerized white that is commonly called tablecloth or bedspread weight. It is Aunt Lydia's Bamboo and is touted as earth friendly. Not sure why. I suppose I should research that. All I know is I picked up one in blue as an experiment awhile back because I liked the soft texture and I fell in love with working with it. But it won't mix well with the other size 10 thread as it is so different in texture and is limp as opposed to stiff when worked. So all I could do with it was make versions of the bookmarks that would work in a single color. Now I have a white one and that gives me a number of variations to try until I can add another color to the collection. I would love to make a baby blanket in this stuff.

I'm anxious to try this thread with one of the larger hooks I got today. But I don't know if I'm going to indulge myself tonight. Two library items were due today that I MUST be finished with by early Monday. Dr Who season 2 of which I've watched five of 14 episodes. And the novel Shadow Tag which I read the day of the read-a-thon but have yet to do the review for and if I don't get that done this weekend it will be weeks if not months before I can get the book back again and by then I would have to re-read it to do a good job.

And, I still have 100 pages to read in The Time Traveler's wife which isn't due for two more weeks but I want to finish it before I pick up Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol which is due Tuesday and which we waited for months and months for our turn and would have to wait weeks and weeks more for another chance. Though Ed is telling me not to bother as he wasn't impressed and he really liked DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons.

The options They do proliferate.

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