Thursday, April 26, 2012

3KCBWWC: Craft Your Perfect Day (Wildcard Topic)

This blog post is part of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week:

Introduction to the topic (Wildcard Topic):

Craft Your Perfect Day: Plan your fantasy day with your craft, It might just take up one hour of your day or be the entire focus of the day, but tell your readers where you'd love to craft, whether you'd craft alone or with friends, knitting or crocheting something simple or spending a day learning new skills. 

I've decided to pick the Wildcard Topic today: The actual topic ("A Knitter Or Crocheter For All Seasons?") just didn't apply to me, and the Wildcard Topic was just too good to be skipped completely!

So, let me just close my eyes for a moment and imagine my perfect day for crafting... okay, let's go:

Since it's a perfect day, it would be a day off from work of course. Or a Saturday with all the work in the house and the week-end shopping being done already. Oh yes, that's good. As much as I love having John around me: on this perfect craft day he'd be out fishing and just stopping by in the afternoon before he'd go to his football match. Now I can make myself comfortable in the living room, spreading out my stuff all over the sofa and the table (or rather: spreading out my stuff without somebody complaining...)

I'd possibly start with browsing Pinterest and my blogroll to see what everyone else is working on right now, probably finding some inspiration, maybe even finding new blogs or other craft sites.

Oh wait, I forgot that it's a perfect day, and on a perfect day the postman would bring at least three parcels: some new crochet books, lots of new yarn, and a few other supplies, like buttons, beads and some nice fabric patches. I love opening those parcels, don't you?

Finally I'd grab a hook and just make whatever I'm in the mood for. Maybe some more motifs for the Challenge?

Maybe designing a new pattern? I'm totally into making mandalas recently, crocheting round by round, without a plan in my mind, just playing with colors and stitches...

On a perfect day there'd be a marathon of my favorite sitcoms on TV: How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, stuff like that. When I'm crocheting, I always need a relaxing TV programme running in the background, something that doesn't need my complete attention. I could spend the whole afternoon like this! What kind of "background" do you need? TV? Music? Some people you can talk to while crocheting? Silence? An interesting question, I'd love to read your answers!

Even perfect days fade to an evening... John would come home, probably injured from football again (hey, it's my perfect craft day, not his perfect football day, right?), but happy that his team has won. We might go out playing Poker, and of course I'd take my crochet equipment with me, like I often do. Most of our Poker friends are used to my strange habit on the table now, but I bet there's at least one drunken and annoying guy (even on a perfect craft day) who's bothering me all night long:

Him: What are you knitting? 
Me: It's crochet. 
Him: My Mom used to knit a lot! 
Me: Oh, uhum. 
Him: There's nothing better than knitted socks. 
Me: Uhum. 
Him: Can you knit some socks for me? 
Me: Hell no, why should I??? 
Him: Last time I asked, you promised me you would! 
Me: What?? I don't know who promised you this, but it definitely wasn't me! 
Him: Okay... what are you knitting anyway? 
Me: I'm not knitting, it's crochet!!! 

Honestly, conversations like these have already happened for real!

It would be a great night, John and I would play lovely hands and win great pots, I'd have a Bailey's on ice and a cup of hot chocolate with cream - it's funny what details pop up in your mind when you're imagining a perfect day...

When I look back, I realize that I already had lots of semi-perfect craft days (honestly, who ever gets three parcels with goodies on one day??), and I'm looking forward to more of them in the future.

If you'd like to read about other perfect days, just start a google search with the wildcard code: 3KCBWWC

Or maybe you're more interested in today's actual topic, "A Knitter or Crocheter For All Seasons?" - then this is the code for you: 3KCBWDAY4

Can't wait until tomorrow - it might be "a little bit different..." :)


  1. Your photos are a feast for the eyes this morning! Love the sound of your perfect day.

  2. Hahahaha, I know annoying (drunk) guys like that! Saying knitting is for grannies (I don't bother anymore to tell that it is crochet). I don't really mind and people around me know very well that I don't take requests (it stresses me out big time!).

    I think my perfect craft day would be very similar, although I would like to have some crafty people over to join the fun and eat cookies!

    But normally I enjoy some crochet/knit projects with the telly on too. I love when Mr. Boyfriend watches soccer and I craft along. I also loooooove the big bang and I also like two and a half men. But indeed any low concentration TV will do! I do need tea and something to eat hahahaha.

    Sorry for the long comment :p.

    1. hey, I love reading long comments! :)

      John could watch football every day, too (we've got all the football channels on pay-tv...) - and just yesterday we had one of those nights: we watched the Champions League and I crocheted. Perfect home bliss! :)

  3. Your perfect day does sound perfect Barbara, 3 crafty parcels arriving in the post wow heaven lol I like to craft alone mostly but like you with easy viewing TV in the background or music. Unfortunately I don't have many craft loving friends but it would be nice to crochet or knit and natter too oh and of course eat cake :)

    1. Yes, it definitely would be fun to crochet in a group but I don't know any other crafters eithers. I've already thought about starting a group, but I'd be afraid that they'd expect something like a "programme" or plan (which I don't have). But I'd definitely like to join an existing group, I just don't think that there is one in my area.

  4. All sounds pretty perfect to me.....we crafters don't actually ask a lot eh! Just some peace and quiet most of the time, oh and the decision on the tv remote!

  5. Oh yes that does sound perfect Barbara! Especially the parcels through the door bit ...and the peace and quiet... oh ok...all of it sounds perfect! I love the mandalas you have designed...are you doing a pattern (she begs hopefully)?!, Hugs, Jill x

    1. Hi Jill - yes, I was thinking about doing a pattern or two. I just hope I can reproduce my favorites, I didn't write down any notes...

  6. Sounds like a perfect day to me. I love it when there is an NCIS marathon on when I'm crocheting - but I do enjoy the 2 shows that you mentioned. :)

  7. Those motifs and doilies have delicious colors. Very amusing post ;-)

  8. Love your perfect day... love the way you pencil everything down.. Made my blog as well.. but in Dutch, but by tagging you will find the stories also.

  9. Your perfect craft includes the postperson - talk about a true crafty hero!

  10. Your photo collages are really awesome! I'm loving the clean, white borders and think I'll start applying that to mine as I've played w/color ones.
    You described such a perfecto day!

  11. This was fun to read! And I too hate conversations with non crafters.

  12. I'm really late on this, but I just found your blog, and started the "wiggly" hot pad. Holy Cow!!! My Nana had made these about 50, or more, years ago. She used crochet cotton thread, and they wear like cast iron. My mom had tried for years to figure out the pattern, (she was more of a knitter) but never could. When I ever saw the pattern on ravelry, I knew it was there just for me! I'm doing it in Nana's colors, white with red accents. How wonderful!


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