I’ve been struggling with a lack of focus. I can’t concentrate on my current projects. I desperately want to cast on something new, or even worse, buy new yarn. (It’s that time of the year, when fall catalogs full of beautiful, warm sweater designs and accompanying richly colored yarns arrive in my mailbox; it’s only natural to want to stock up ahead of the coming winter. Help!) My thoughts and habits are scattered all over the place. My project monogamy and singlemindedness of the past 9 months have completely dissolved.

I sort of fell off the wagon. How much is “sort of?” Well, I noticed a lovely shade of green in a ball of crochet cotton at Wal-Mart the other day. Is it against my Yarn Diet when I did not possess—and never have owned—a ball of crochet thread? Or is my Diet still safe? Does crochet thread qualify as yarn? I could say “It was only one ball,” but isn’t that how things start? So I’m not allowing myself to buy any more thread for the remainder of the year, and then I’ll see how things stand.

A good number of the Editors at Ravelry are mad for doilies and they always produce such lovely doilies that I simply had to give it a try. I could knit one (and do plan to), but I felt like doing something different (remember, unfocused lime), so I crocheted!


This design was fairly straightforward and easy, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a first-time crocheter because the directions weren’t very clear. (Ravelry helped with that, thank goodness!) I did make a mistake (missed a chain-2) towards the end (See the big black arrow in the second picture below? Yeah, there!). I was thrilled to be nearly finished and didn’t want to rip back at that point.



I hope, that with this project finished and out of my system, I can start settling down and gaining some focus. Even so, I definitely had fun with this aberrant project!

Pattern: “Antlia” by Patrizia Pisani, Patty’s Filet & Crocheting Site Size: approx 10? diameter Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread, Size 10, 661 Frosty Green Hook: #5 Steel (1.9 mm) Started: October 11, 2008 Completed: October 14, 2008 Token Progress: 3 of 10 (8, 9, 10, and then 1 and 2 were all washcloths, not blogged, but Raveled.)

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4 Responses to “Aberration”

  1. Opal Says:
    October 16th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    I love your doily! I used to be all about the crocheted doilies when I was in junior high. I made about 15 of them and gave each and every one of them away. I’m still a little irked about that. I should have kept at least one!

    Also, thread does not count as yarn! ;-)

  2. NC Jennifer Says:
    October 16th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Just reframe it – you’re focusing on being unfocused :)

    I’m totally impressed by the doily. If you overdyed the thread in a more Christmasy green and switched to crocheting snowflakes, you could have a Christmas garland – taking your lack of focus even further!

  3. Chris Says:
    October 16th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I am in awe of your crocheting!

    So the nice thing about that twitchy urge to cast on? If you have a base sort of fallback project (like bibs or something), you can do that for a little bit and kinda displace that twitch. Or at least I’ve been able to…

  4. mrspao Says:
    October 17th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Beautiful! Great colour as well.

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