Been doing some handwork for occupational therapy between rounds of typing up Dad’s work. I’m taking that at a pretty slow pace, as I can enjoy doing it. If I start with that facial tic I will slow down further, or space out the work. Good to know what my stress indicators are. It’s going pretty well though.
It has always been good for me to do non-thinking hand work, and I am NOT going to wait until so late to start making gifts this year! Since I’m sick, these are for us. I usually get mine last, if I get one at all when I make gifts. This time we’ll get ours first!
Scrubbie washcloth. I used a size H hook for these. Materials shown. Just chain 27, turn, double crochet in third stitch from hook and each stitch across. Chain 3 and turn, skip stitch at base of chain 3, double crochet in each stitch across and in chain 3 from previous round. I keep going until it’s square. Usually 12-14 rows. Tie off, work end in.
Then join contrast color with a single crochet, working over the end as I go. One single crochet in each stitch at top and bottom. Two single crochets in the post of each double crochet along the sides. Three single crochets in each stitch at the corners.
Could do two single crochets in stitches at corner and chain one between, at the corner itself. I had worked into the strands of the stitches on the sides, I generally do. The fuzzy yarn does not leave visible gaps when I tried just doing 2 single crochets in each double crochet post. It’s a lot faster that way and looks great so I’m going with it.
I had made “bag lady” by middle school, dragging around whatever I happened to be working on. I used whatever bags I had, usually recycled plastic shopping bags. Finally decided I might be able to do better than that. Found this at the goodwill. Plenty of pockets, one long one with a zipper keeps hooks, scissors and such from falling out.
I’ve always worked on a slick towel to keep it clean, never-ending battle with pet hair is not a new thing in my life. I just bundle whatever I’m working on in the towel, snap the top and I’m a styling bag lady! Or maybe not? I like it anyhow. Been stopping to visit friends some when I get out lately and it’s nice to have something for my hands to do.
I sometimes make smaller items and just hand them over when I finish them, when I visit. Sure feels good to be back at it. I cannot believe I went so long without any hand-work in my life.
Got a couple more gift projects in line. We picked up supplies some time ago on a day outing. Yeah, it’s easy to drop a pretty big pile of cash on materials nowadays. I figure it’s a good investment at the rate stuff keeps going up!
For years I just bought what I could budget out each week or month. It IS nice that we’ve worked up to a position where we can just get it all in one trip, had to drive a good ways to the big city to find everything we wanted.
I’ll post pics as I get to the different projects.
Statistics: Posted by rj5156 — Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:50 pm