Crochet Work in Progress

Slowly slowly


Ever since the beginning of the year we’ve been trying to do just a smidgen of tidying and sorting out around the house. If you could see my house you’d know we’re talking baby steps here, possibly not even quite steps, more cruising!

We’re trying to de-clutter a bit, to rearrange the girls’ toys so that they can see the wood for the trees, and most of all, we’re trying to rediscover our studio from underneath the piles of things popped in there to keep them out of the way of two sets of tiny exploring fingers. We never quite got it straight before Elma arrived and once she made her appearance, well wouldn’t you rather play blerum with your new baby than work out how on earth the contents of one pleasantly full art studio and one similarly well endowed sewing/knitting/crafty room were going to fit into the same little conservatory?

Everything that’s arrived since the two became one has I’m afraid to say tended to just be stashed in a corner or put in a bag and hung on the back of my chair. A lot of the time it’s been knit or sewn up fairly promptly (and not just because I’m afraid of the weight of the bags over balancing me), but there are only so many hours in the day if you consider a modicum of sleep a useful thing.

And so I’ve started at the top of all the little piles of bits and bobs and it turns out I’ve come up with a genius plan, and possibly a whole new concept to boot.

At the very top of the pile was a pile of squishy orange yarn, a prize from Kat’s competition a year ago, destined to be made into the Octopus Cushion from Kat’s Crochet at Play. I thought of the yarn cupboard bursting at the seams, looked at the rather stuffed bookcases, wondered where on earth I was going to store it all – and picked up my crochet hook.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And so that’s my new plan; don’t worry about where to put it, just make it. I’m going to call it Slow Tidying. I think it could catch on, to go with Slow Food and Slow Eating. I mean it’s so much more fun than ordinary tidying!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And as it turns out, when you’re crocheting chunky yarn with a 9mm hook, it isn’t that slow either; we’ll have an octopus before we know it. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

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  • Ivona 05/02/2014 at 10:39 am

    That kind of tidying is the best, you could just clean up, de-clluter and be done with it but what fun would that be. Doing it slow makes you rediscover forgotten things and find new use for it. So be slow and have fun.

    • Carie 05/02/2014 at 4:56 pm

      That’s my plan – although if I discover something truly horrific in the wip pile I fully reserve all rights to cast it away and deny all knowledge!

  • Lyn 05/02/2014 at 1:46 pm

    Ha, ha! That’s brilliant. I’m so using that next time I’m asked why I’m knitting. I’m just slow tidying. Perfect.

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one slowly trying to figure out how to unearth their home from beneath the whirlwind of belongings two tiny people and one hobby-obsessed mummy can generate. Good luck.

    • Carie 05/02/2014 at 4:55 pm

      It’s crazy isn’t it – in the long run sewing and knitting it all up is really the only solution – that and trying not to buy too much more! – it’s all too lovely simply to charity shop it!

  • Katie 05/02/2014 at 8:45 pm

    Lol brilliant logic Carie! The octopus is looking fabulous already too please share a pic when you are done 🙂

    • Carie 06/02/2014 at 9:05 am

      I promise – it’s already acquired a few more legs and I’m finding going round and round in circles for the body very soothing!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 05/02/2014 at 9:35 pm

    Love your logic! I’m so using the line slow tidying next time I decide to craft rather than tidy! I have too many balls of yarn for the amount of time I manage to spend crochetting or lately learning to knit.

    • Carie 06/02/2014 at 9:07 am

      See it could definitely be a thing! And there’s no such thing as too many balls of yarn – you never know, there might be a sheep shortage!

      • Lyn Collett 06/02/2014 at 1:53 pm

        It absolutely could be a thing. Perhaps a new blog feature, like WIP Wednesday or FO Friday 🙂

        • Carie 06/02/2014 at 4:45 pm

          Given that my FOs are few and far between and WIPs mostly neglected I think you might be onto something!