Hooks vs. Needles or Needles vs. Hooks

I have had to make some difficult choices in the past two days….What gets my attention: My needles or my hooks. The answer was…Drum roll…………..Hooks.Alas, my most recent Mason Dixon Big Dotty dishcloth is abandoned in its place in the kitchen. It has been banned from its place on the table. In its place is a huge plastic type bowl full of odd pieces of yarn surrounded by more yarn, some patterns, a small open notions bag, scissors and worst of all: the dreaded crochet hooks.

The reason is complex, but simple. An online group to which I belong is having a contest to see who can make the most 8 inch squares from now until the end of the month. That is simple enough. The complex part is that I also want to use some of the many bits and pieces of yarn that live here. You know the ones I mean. They are the leftovers from that skein of yarn used to make that beautiful scarf you made you mother. They are the scraps from the afghan you made several years ago. That particular yarn has been discontinued. The list goes on, but you get my point.

When I began making the squares I felt overwhelmed. My stash is so big. Where do I begin to choose yarns to use? I had to think about this one for a bit….Aha!!! The light bulb went on in my brain. It is time to use the odd balls that are taking up space in my yarn bins and recycled ice cream containers on one of the desks in this room.

I pulled out a fairly large bowl but discovered it is not nearly large enough to hold the amount of yarn it needs to hold. I then chose the largest bowl in the house to become the Bowl of Honor.
I also made the rule that squares for this project are supposed to made from the contents of this bowl as much as possible. I am allowed to supplement my yarn supply with co-ordinating colors if necessary.

In a mad frenzy I attacked the ice cream containers first. Their contents were raided. They were placed in this bowl. This morning I started tackling the Bowl of Honor. As it stands now the contents of the bowl have yielded ten 8 inch squares of assorted colors. The bowl is still full.

The pattern being used is the one I posted a couple of days ago. You might not recognize the squares as having come from this pattern when you see them. Color changes are made based on the amount of the scrap color being used. The corners are changed depending on my choice at the moment.
I have looked at and considered using other patterns, but this one is so much fun. đŸ™‚
Pictures of my efforts will be taken another day.

Now it’s time to say “Good night to all my friends and family.”

One response to “Hooks vs. Needles or Needles vs. Hooks

  1. You sound a lot like me. I struggle with that decision every day – knit or crochet – and what project. I usually have at least 10 or 12 things going at once, and usually at least several square/scrap afghans that sit under my bed a year or two before they are finally finished! I’ve finally finished up a stack of them, as a matter of fact.
    So, what group is having this challenge? Are the squares going to end up for charity? Could you tell me where the group is/ I’m always looking for fun groups to join!
    anastacia at intergate dot com