For most of the month I continued to work on the socks that I started in January. I finished them a week or so ago and have already worn them a couple of times – I can report that they are very warm and comfortable. Luckily, they also didn’t fall apart in the washing machine.
Once I finished the socks, I did something very unusual for me and actually paid for a pattern! (I tend to either make things from books that I’m given as presents, download free patterns from ravelry.com, or make it up.) The pattern I bought was this Oversized Chunky Box Jumper from Frank&Olive.
I haven’t been following it hugely well though. I started making it with a load of black wool that I inherited from my Grandma, rather than the recommended yarn. Because I wasn’t sure if I would have enough, I made it much shorter. But now I have yarn left over, I’m crocheting around the bottom to make it the intended length.
Somebody else might have been able to work this all out before they started (maybe by weighing the yarn?) But I approach crochet as I approach life. I throw myself into things and learn how to do them as I go. I can’t bring myself to read instruction manuals – choosing instead to put things together and take them apart until I get it right. Self acceptance means working with this rather than beating myself up about it.