The waiting game

My mum is currently in hospital having had an operation. When she comes out, she needs someone to be with her and had asked me if I would oblige. In theory she could have been released as early as yesterday, so I was prepared to set off in the afternoon to be at the house by early evening (it takes a couple of hours to get over there). I called the hospital in the morning and was told that she probably wouldn’t be released; this was confirmed in the afternoon. So, I’m still at home. Will she be released today? That remains to be seen… I need to phone again soon.

Preparing to make borders

Preparing to make borders

The upshot of all this is that I just haven’t been able to settle down to do anything… there is paid work to be done, but I can’t concentrate on that at the moment. There are diploma designs to work on, but my mind keeps wandering. So the answer seems to be crochet and an audio book. The arrival of the New Lanark wool for the masterpiece borders means that I have lots to do.

The squares are all supposed to be about 15cm (6 inches), but some are a bit bigger and some a bit smaller, so I need to ensure that each border makes the squares a standard size. To that end, I have made myself a cardboard template, so that I have something to aim at and I don’t have to keep getting a ruler out.

Squares with borders

Squares with borders

I can place the squares on the template and ease them into the right shape, quickly getting an idea of how much edge I need. Of course, the stretchiness of knitted and crochet work does give me a bit of leeway, but it will be good to have squares that are close to a standard size.

I’ve just read the latest post from Katrina at Crochet Crush in which she talks about making crochet flowers in spare moments whilst waiting to collect her eldest from school. So what do you do when you have spare minutes or, like me, unsettled hours to fill?

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  1. Husband of Chiconia typing (and spelling) here… Kate’s hands are occupied with the quilting and she is dictating… she wishes your Mum a speedy recovery and says when she has idle time and can’t settle, she sews hexagons… J

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  2. The trouble is with any creative tasks that you need to have an untroubled mind and time to do them. You must be anxious about your Mum too and then you just cant settle to anything. I do hope the waiting game is over soon, K

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  3. Stolen seconds are for G&T ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. BTW, beautiful colour you’ve chosen in the New Lanark wool for making the borders.

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  5. Hope your mom is okay, I guess you’ll be going over there tomorrow at this rate. In-between-other-things or waiting for the sushi to arrive or being a passenger in the car = crochet time. Flowers are good, so are squares, anything that you don’t have to refer to a pattern for.

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    • Yes, I think lack of a pattern to follow is the key – I can’t get on with the knitted hoody because I’m shaping the arm holes and I just know I’ll make a mistake if I try to do that now. Latest news is that my mum is in until at least tomorrow, although I’m still finding concentration hard.

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  6. I hope everything goes well with your mom! I usually work on boring knitting projects when I just have to fill up small spaces of time…if it’s something boring, I don’t have to worry about forgetting what I was doing if I have to put the work down at a moment’s notice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. While at auction last summer, I worked on yo yos. Made around 500 or so. They are still waiting for auction time to return but they are somewhat mindless objects to work on. Uses up lots of scraps too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Best wishes on your mother’s recover as well

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  9. The bordered squares look really rich. I hope you soon a have a decision about your Mum, hanging about can’t be fun for either of you. Spare minutes-I grab a book, unsettled hours- I do emails so they don’t build up too much.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • I’m enjoying the way the squares are coming on and glad that I didn’t go for a black border.
      Currently listening to lots of Terry Pratchett to stop me fretting… the audio books read by Stephen Briggs are brilliant (and unabridged).
      Hope you haven’t been too storm-battered today… the wind is getting up here. I wonder how the prom in Aberystwyth is doing!

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  10. Squares are good for waiting. I hope things go well with your Mom, but I’m like you, I hate waiting. Esp when I don’t know how long I’ll be waiting.

    You’ve inspired me to try a pieced work. Not nearly as intricate as your project, but something pieced because I’ve never actually finished one before… They usually end up in the Box of Shame, but I’ll finish this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Back home weeding was my nervous-waiting activity of choice. Baking is good too. In fact I’m off to make a batch of quinoa and seed cookies now while I wait for an unpleasant task to arrive at my door.

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  12. Nanette

     /  February 1, 2014

    Beautiful rich colour you’ve chosen for the borders. I’m even more worried about my square now when I see all your lovely colours together, maybe I’ll make 2?? Long waits I have a box of little paper pieced houses I work on, short ones, a book and a cuppa. I hope all goes well with your mum and the wait’s not too long for both of you.

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  13. Wishing your Mum a speedy recovery and back to full health as soon as possible. xx

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  14. I personally don’t leave the house without taking something to work on if the time permits.
    I notice Miss Marple from Agatha Christie fame always seemed to have a “little something” to work on at the bottom of her handbag. I do hope your Mother gets better soon.

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  15. I love your humour and positive crocheting! I hope all goes well with your mum and for you too. All the best wishes, Moke.

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  16. I hope your mum recovers quickly. Meanwhile your crochet continues to be stunningly beautiful.

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  17. Sorry to hear about your Mum!

    Currently, it’s youtubing Dr Phil and knitting quilt patches to avoid doing any work (but shh, don’t tell my tutor). I’d feel bad if it wasn’t for the fact my blanket is edging closer to being finished, while emptying my brain of thought ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Hope all goes well with your mom and that she will be better soon! A few weeks ago I promised you a square. It is nearing completion and will be ready to be mailed off to you in another day or two. Please send me the address to which I should send it. Thanks! All the best to you and your mom!

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    • I’ve sent you an e-mail with my address… thanks for the good wishes for my mum – she’s out of hospital finally now (having stayed for a week rather than a single night as suggested originally), but I have a cold, so I can’t be with her.

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