Archive for July 10th, 2013

I’ve been crocheting like mad on the Cape Ann Afghan. I’m on row 7 of what I think will be an 11 row length. Joining as I go has its benefits. I don’t collect a pile of hexagons that haunt me until they are joined. I’ve crocheted afghans that way, collecting the squares and then having to sew them all together. I don’t like the sewing. I’ve never felt it was a permanent enough join for something I spent a ton of time on crocheting. But it really is the piles of squares, as they sit waiting, that kills me. They are like a reproach when I see them. I feel as if I haven’t done enough, that I have fallen short.

I have tried hiding the squares as they accumulate. Putting them in drawers or plastic bins. Shutting them away from casual sight. But there they are when I open the drawer or bin to add more freshly made brethren. Ready to accuse me of not doing enough again.

Of course with the Yarn Rascal (aka Randi) around, anything short of locking both yarn and afghan in a vault spells its demise. Did I tell you the Rascal climbs? Yes, he scales dressers like a rock climber scales a rock climbing wall. I’ve never seen a dog do this. He only needs to have a whiff of a sense that a crocheted or knitted project or perhaps—and this is real glee for him—innocent, unprotected yarn, is up there and Wham! He scales the dresser using the draw handles like a climber on a rock wall, seizes his prize and poof! he’s gone. The next 15 minutes is spent trying to catch him or get him to drop whatever it is he stole. It’s a great game for him.

I found out I can move pretty fast at my age and there is something freeing that wells up into a child-like happiness from this. The scientist would probably say the feeling is the result of endorphins being released. I think it”s the feeling of relief over recapturing the yarn or object before it is torn to shreds.

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