Friday, February 11, 2011

Back to Normal

The day after I posted about the One World, One Heart giveaway, I woke up and put water on for a cup of coffee. While I was waiting for the water to boil, I just checked my blog ... and almost keeled over when I saw that overnight I'd had fifty comments. Good grief, I thought. I'd expected a couple of dozen, but the present count is well over a hundred. The thing is, I promised to visit other people's blogs in return - and I have. And it's been fascinating, very much like having a poke around someone's living room and looking at all their precious things. I've commented on some, not on others because although everyone's work is really lovely, I know that my twisted luck would decree that I win something that I have no use for ... and I'd prefer objects to end up with the people who will appreciate them most.

In any case, after a couple of sessions of intense blog-hopping, I've had to return to my crocheting or, quite frankly, I'll get nothing done. This is one thing I'm working on... the colours aren't right, but the pattern is. It's simple, it works. And in the right colours, it will make a very nice afghan.


Mr Gingerbread has been watching me make these and is quite fascinated by the process. Truth be told, so am I, because it says a lot about the way the brain works and how we translate mental images into something physical. This is not a complex pattern, but intricate things like doilies are: I mean, imagine translating a mental image of a lace doily into an actual piece of work ... and then (gulp) writing the pattern down. Although not a doily fan, I take my hat off to the clever women (and occasional man) who design them.

8 comments:

Ruth said...

I hate writing up patterns, but if I want to sell them, then I have to. How come the knitting is so easy, and the writing is so hard?

Joan said...

What if you took out the blue and put in another shade of red? Maybe orangey-red?

The Gingerbread Lady said...

Yes, I think you're right. There are cool and warm shades in here and they just don't really fit. Back to the drawing board ... or the palette, as the case may be.

Paul & Carla said...

I was wondering about changing the cream for a gold or orangey-gold. Honestly, I'm just not sure. I can see that these colors don't pop like you must want them to but I am not so good with analyzing why. If you can't get it to work for you you may have to start it all over again. I do think the pattern will be very compelling if you find the right colors!

Queen of...Whatever said...

Gingy. It's weird....My Assistant says he is facinated in watching crochet, as well. He says it is relaxing.
I wonder if yarn has some hypnotic pull on the male species???

The Gingerbread Lady said...

I agree! That's why I crochet when I'm stressed: the rhythmic motion just keeps me calm. And I love to watch other people knit or crochet, I find it almost hypnotic :-)

Nancy McGill said...

Crochet has always been a very relaxing activity for me as well. I think you are right: it is the repetitive motions. It's like a form of meditation. :)

This pattern is lovely, by the way! I look forward to seeing a finished product. I imagine it would be fantastic in shades of one color. Then again, I adore monochromatic color schemes, so I may be a bit biased.

Clara said...

Funny about men and crochet. I've found there are two types and they are very different. My husbands (yes, was married twice) would hate it when I crocheted and it was almost like they were jealous of the time I was spending away from them or that I was enjoying without them. On the other hand I have met men and one is one of my brothers who think it is an absolutely charming skill that is truly meaningful when given. I love the latter opinion.