Day Two: 29th March. Skill + 1UP
Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didnâ€™t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?
I’m sure it sounds conceited and a little bit arrogant, but I don’t believe I’ve learned anything over the past year. I don’t keep very good records and my memory’s not that great, so I had to dig through the archives on here, LJ, and Ravelry– and around this last year, I’d finished one bag and started on another.
The Zag Bag was based on a stitch pattern I found somewhere and fixed to make it less gappy and work in the round. It’s still a little gappy, but it serves the purpose for which it was made.
The Bread Quiver was born of a desire to be able to carry baguettes without them being in the hand or falling out of regularly-sized grocery bags. It is as described; a long skinny bag that holds a single baguette. It’s a stitch pattern that came out of my head; I knew I wanted something little cabley bits on, so I fiddled around until I came up with something that I both liked and worked in the round. It’s simple enough that I’m sure other folks have come up with it also.
So that’s last year. This year, I’m working on the tablecloth. Still. I’ll be working on this for a while.
Like the bags, it’s an openwork pattern. Unlike the bags, it’s flat, pieced, comes from a published pattern, and is made from very skinny yarn. It’s not the largest thing I’ve crocheted, nor is it the most complex. Nor is it the smallest yarn I’ve ever worked with although it does come close, and it doesn’t have as many ends to weave in as some of the afghans I’ve made. I’ve been able to work on it in non-home places– cars, restaurants, concerts, breaks during class– and I’ve memorized the pattern and don’t feel the need to finish a whole round or pattern repeat before stopping so I don’t get lost. So does it represent progress? Not really, since I’ve been able to do those things for quite a while now. I haven’t been pushing myself to learn new things this year.