I’ve been feeling quite exhausted recently. Spending day after day by my laptop, typing and reading and thinking about the dreaded deadlines and not being outdoors enough = not the most stimulating lifestyle. I have to endure that, in December it’s going to get easier and I’ll be able to be more outdoorsy again, so no real reason to complain, but I really wish I could make November end sooner.
I crochet either mindlessly while working or in the evenings – I actually go to sleep later than I should just to have some time for my hobby. It doesn’t really help with the tiredness of course, but I need it to unwind… The thing is that I don’t have patience for long or complicated projects these days, so things like my two queued shawls have to wait. And whatever I’m working on, must be in lively, intense colours. I actually started crocheting snowflakes recently (I’d like to add them to my Christmas cards this year) and I had to stop because they were so white and dull!
And then while browsing through Garnstudio patterns I found their Strawberry Drizzle potholders pattern. And I knew I needed it 😀 I saw this strawberry stitch in the past, on Youtube I think, and I remember liking it instantly. But then I forgot about it – until now.
These potholders were one of very few things I crocheted using exactly the same yarn as recommended in the pattern (Drops Paris cotton). That’s partly because it’s very cheap, and I already tried it out for the kitchen items before so I know it works well for this kind of stuff. The stitch itself is very easy, the only thing to remember is to change colour in each row – which of course means a lot of weaving in in the end. But even that was fine, and crocheting these potholders was a real colour therapy for me. I feel better just looking at them:
I added the green border but didn’t want to make it more even, I like this irregular edge – just like a fistful of strawberries 🙂
For the pair of them I used a little more than 1 skein of each colour and I decided to crochet some ornaments for the Christmas garlands with the remaining yarn.
I don’t think any other colour has as positive effect on me as red. I love it in most shades, and I always need to have something red on me, even if it’s just a small accessory. It’s like an instant energy and confidence boost. I love many colours, beautiful deep green, light delicate yellow, warm terracotta or gorgeous turquoise… And for the base of my clothes I usually choose either light grey or beige, sometimes warm tobacco shade – and I enjoy them all. But red is special, I feel like there is something so positive about it like no other colour. And for instance purple usually makes me feel bad, there’s some vibe to it that I don’t like.
And what are your favourites? 🙂