Mr Q thinks that I start far too many projects and finish far too few. He's probably right, although whenever he challenges me, I tell him that it is all about "the process". "I craft to clear my mind and cleanse my soul." "The finished items are just a bonus." And while all of these things are true, he still has a point. It would do my mind and soul good to see a job well done, to enjoy crossing something off the list. Last weekend, Mr Q suggested that now was the time to turn over a new leaf; that in the spirit of spring cleaning I should consider purging all of my unfinished projects. I smiled at him weakly, and suggested a compromise - a look at what is lurking in the box of unfinished objects and an embargo on starting any new projects until a certain proportion of the others could be completed.
And that is where we were until I bought this fabulous Noro Silk Garden yarn from the equally fabulous Fibre and Clay yarn shop in Knutsford, Cheshire.
I managed to resist its charms all afternoon as I "purged" my crafting space. But as evening fell, I admit that I succumbed and started knitting a present for a friend. Since that friend may be watching, I can't show you what it is yet, but believe me when I tell you that the Noro yarn is working its magic.
So, one new project started. Until, that is, Mr Q mentioned that every time he turned the fire off he risked burning himself on the handle of the ash pan cover. A couple of hours later, and the burn threat is no more.
Two projects started. One finished.
But then, as I browsed through flickr early last week I discovered a whole world of crochet that I never knew existed. Wow! Wow! Wow! Inspired by riotous colours and intricate shapes, I spent some of Tuesday evening following this African Flower crochet tutorial to make this.
So, three projects started. Two finished. Quite a successful and productive embargo, don't you think? Time to get back to the knitting.