As I mentioned in a previous blog I had done some free form crochet before, with a small blanket , more a lap throw really. I had also crocheted without pattern but this is the first real attempt at trying to emulate Prudence Mapstones concept of scrumbling and I was so pleased I did before my wrists gave out.
So how did I do on my plan to scrumble a day? Well, I didn't manage one a day for a start, however sometimes I did manage three or four, so not too far behind. When my wrists were bad using that crochet hook was impossible. I have since the beginning of the 2015 formed approximately 200 in all shapes sizes and colours and just about worked out what I was going to do with them.
I thought , with a few more, I would have enough for the front and back of a long line top. This gave me the idea that a large warm snuggly caftan/blanket type garment for sitting in the winter evenings would be a brilliant idea. I needed more scrumbles and let’s not forget each and every one has to be fitted , as a jigsaw puzzle into a pleasing whole and sewn together.
Madness, all is madness!:)
It was to be an 'in your face’ Joseph’s coat of many colours. I have reds, blues, oranges, yellows, greens, pinks and every shade between. The difficulty wouldn't have been the sewing, I felt, so much as the placement of the colours. To facilitate this I wondered if I should crochet some more circular, and straight ones to join all my odd shapes. Decisions, decisions, all is decisions.
Fool that I am - why not a neat handbag?
I found crocheting these scrumbles immensely satisfying, a whole ‘something ‘ begun and completed in hardly any time at all. A hook, tiny balls of yarn and a small pair of scissors, it is an occupation which can travel anywhere and be packed away in moments. And the pile of delicious coloured shapes grew steadily moving from small bag to medium sized box to huge bag as their bulk increased.
Another thing getting nearer to be crossed off my bucket list:)
Wrists gave up the struggle. Physiotherapy was called for.
Scrumbles had to be put on hold under strict instructions. there is hope a limited amount will come back. Indeed I am allowed to do some on larger hooks with thicker yarn (2 things I dislike!!)
I have begun sewing the ones I have together (I am allowed thick needle, not thin ugh, but useful for sewing yarn together not for the fine embroidery i enjoy doing)
When these are done, and progress is slow as I am not allowed to continue once the pain starts, I will be able to see what I can create from them.
It is a constant race against time now to fulfill all my crafty wishes - so far I am just a step ahead of the arthritic joints - just about
that is all one needs isn't it - to be just a step ahead:)