But it is interesting to "stretch" the crochet muscles with something new. I learned that using a highlighter instead of a pen to mark where the stitches are is much more readable. I had been using a pen to mark up the rows, but sometimes I couldn't tell where a stitch belonged. Yes, I did make a copy of the chart on the copier at work, enlarging it so it would be easier for me to work the pattern. I don't think it's a violation of the copyright law as it's only for my conveinence and I'll throw it away when I am finished. At least, I certainly hope it isn't because I just admitted to the world I did that.
I always underestimate the time it will take me to complete a project. I'm not sure if it's just wishful thinking or poor planning on my part. There are some days I come home from work and don't crochet. It's incredible to me, but it's true. And when I was _much_ younger, I had a combination of more time and more speed. I'd crochet on the bus going to and from school, at lunch, during study hall. I even had a few teachers that would occasionally allow us to crochet in class. That practice is frowned upon at work, as I'm supposed to be typing all day. Since I still haven't learned to crochet with my feet, I got to concentrate on transcription.
Here's a site you may (or may not) want to check out. It's called "What Not to Crochet". They generally use designers' patterns, so not to pick on any individual person. They have been having a field day with the free "Annie's Attic" pattern. If your feelings are easily hurt, you probably don't want to look at this site. Another piece of personal advice is even if I see a pattern there by a designer I know, I don't tell her (it's generally a her). Friends don't direct friends to sites where their hard work is being ridiculed.
I check it almost every day. If I'm not crocheting whatever item it is, I smile. If I am crocheting what it is, I laugh. I bring this up because the current "what not to crochet" (June 16) resembles a vest I made for my mom many years ago. Mom's vest was only waist length, worsted weight yarn - but get this, I used purple varigated yarn. (My mom's favorite color was purple, she wanted it that way.) If it still existed, I'm sure it would be featured on that site. But my mom, proving she was better than Beaver Cleaver's mom*, wore that vest to work. Whether she took it off and hid it in her locker as soon as she got in the door, I don't know. I did go with my dad a few times to pick her up and she was wearing it at that point. Would I have worn it? If it was big enough for me, yes, I would have. Seeing that photo reminded me of that latticework vest from about 35 years ago and it made me laugh. It also made me appreciate my mom more because she wanted to look her best at all time - and she wore that.
Here's the site: http://whatnottocrochet.wordpress.com/
*There was an episode where Beaver bought his mom some sort of bright colored blouse. Of course, she promised to wear it to the bridge club meeting and didn't. Who would have guessed
that the hostess would have the little brats from school (of which Beaver was one) comeover and sing a song. Of course, Beaver found out and was heartbroken. I forget the ending of that, perhaps Beaver decided to get his revenge on mom by dressing as a beatnik or something.