About two years ago, I asked my ever-so-patient mother in law to teach me how to crochet, with the delusion of making my own ripple quilt. I would throw it over my sofa and my children would snuggle under it. I would use it to keep warm while I read. The candy colors would be ageless and my girls would fight over who got to keep it someday. Ever the enthusiastic pupil, I ran out and bought a LOT of yarn.
I did not count on two things.
- I have tendinitis in my hands and wrists. This doesn't mix well with yarnwork.
- The tendinitis as a really good excuse for the fact my attempts at the doomed quilt created nothing but a gigantic ruffle -- not a ripple in sight. It really was hilarious.
And it is ok. Now I can just appreciate the work of others and get on with my own stuff. However, I still have a lot of yarn at my house. It's so pretty and soft. I like to look at it and imagine someday I will make something with it. So it struck me as funny when I went out last week and bought yet ANOTHER skein of yarn with no plans of weaving it into something useful.
Instead, this is what Fidge and I did today while the littlest girl was napping (it is happening these days! finally!!!) and it kept our fingers busy for about 20 minutes.
We used discarded plastic 32-oz to-go cup lids and cut circles out of the middle. (It's easy to do if you use the straw hole to start your cutting.) Then we wrapped some extra thick yarn around and around to create a wintery wreath. This wrapping part kept her almost-four year old fingers busy for a while, which is always nice.
Fidget's is not done, or so she says. She has started putting sequins on it, and we know how long that can take.
It reminds me of the kind of country-craft that I would have done back in second grade in the late 70s and am still taking out of my ornament boxes every year. However, the fun thing about having small kids in the house is that you don't have to explain the prominent display of cutesy art projects. Even if you made them. Am I right?? :)
Next up, pom-poms and braided barrettes. I'm kidding. Sorta.