Ch3, skip 1st st, tr in next st, tr in skipped st, tr in last st, turn
Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn
What is this – a strange code?
I’m an inquisitive soul (some might say I’m nosy!). I found this in a book on Debbie’s bed. And I just had to ask her what it was all about…
“It’s a crochet pattern, for a blanket, Dabelle
“Ok, that makes sense now, although I have no idea what the letters mean – do you?
“Yes, I do now but I didn’t a few weeks ago when I decided to start a crochet project. They are abbreviations for different kinds of crochet stitches – so ‘tr’ means ‘make a treble stitch‘.
“And you know what a treble stitch is? I’m impressed!
“Yes, I do – and a double crochet, and more! I remember doing crochet when I was in my teens but I have had to re-learn how to do all the basic stitches, and to work with tension. And this pattern I’ve chosen uses a Cross Stitch, which is a variation on trebles, looping the yarn in different places.
“Why crochet, though Debs? And why now?”
“Well, I think it’s easier than knitting, I already had some hooks stashed away, it’s easy to learn and exceptionally easy to undo when I make a mistake – which I have done a lot of recently. It’s a really good stress reliever and now that I’ve got the hang of my pattern, I can do it while I watch TV. The flow of the hook going in and out of the yarn is soothing and calming, and I read somewhere that it is a good activity to help prevent Alzheimer’s, which as you know, my mom had.
As we are all ‘stuck’ at home, I want the satisfaction of making something tangible for my home that will take me a little out of my comfort zone and beyond photography and writing. It will be something worthwhile to come out of the enforced isolation.
“How are you getting on with your blanket?
“I’ve made 5 squares so far – I’m so chuffed! I didn’t want to make one massive piece as my first project, so I’m doing smaller squares and then I will sew them altogether.
After chatting with Debbie, she allowed me to get up close and personal with her colourful creation. I got a bit tangled up in the wool, but I quite liked it!
Until next time, toodles
PS: did you spot the wig?
Sundays on the A to Z Challenge
There are no new stories on Sundays during the A to Z Challenge, as the alphabet only has 26 letters. But I will be publishing a “Weekly Lock Down” paper which will feature highlights from the week’s stories and some previously unpublished bits too! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for it here!
Remember to keep a look out for Dabelle’s wigs and other costume changes during the challenge!
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