I fell in love with Scheepjes Whirls the minute I saw one, but resisted buying because I’ve sworn a) that 90% of my yarn purchases will be British wool and b) only to buy yarn when I know what I’m going to knit with it.
However my sneaky brain didn’t take long to head off and see what I could knit with one. My explorations led me to the Lost in Time Shawl. However this project held two more good reasons not to buy a whirl. 1) I rarely wear shawls and 2) The only crochet I’ve ever done is some amigarumi and a simple shawl when I learned to crochet, two and a half years ago, and nearly two years have elapsed since I’ve done any crochet.
But that still that didn’t stop me hankering after a whirl, and on Friday I succumbed.
Excited by my new purchase I immediately printed out the Lost in Time pattern, figuring that if I couldn’t work out what to do, I could book a crochet lesson with Donna at The Woolly Beader.
There has definitely been some frogging – or whatever the crochet term is for ripping back – but I not only resurrected my rusty understanding of crochet, I’ve also learned – with the help of YouTube – popcorn stitch, front post double crochet and back post double crochet.
Suddenly this feels like perfect timing. Since I lost Mr Hicks, I’ve been struggling to settle at anything, but the small new challenges of getting this far with the shawl have been just right for keeping me hooked 🙂 I also find the action of crocheting far more relaxing than knitting, at a time when I need to go gentle on myself. So all in all my whirl was an excellent purchase and the timing has been perfect.
Bought anything lately that you ‘shouldn’t’ have?