I suspect quite a few UK readers will be familiar with the “Daddy or chips?” commercial of more than a few years back.
It’s been on my mind a bit this week, while I tried to work out why it takes me so long to knit socks. I decided that it was a case of poor time management. Whenever I have a spare 10-15minutes, which is the ideal amount of time to get in a few sock rounds without getting bored (or going wrong), I always seem to end up on Facebook instead of picking up some crafting.
Not any more. Gratifyingly, in just a few days I’ve reclaimed enough time to cast off a scarf for Small Girl that had been waiting to be either frogged or finished for months, finished the first Vanilla Latte sock, and worked the second Honey Badger sock as far as the heel flap. I’ve made a good start on catching up on crafting blogs, so I can read and be inspired by what real people have really made, rather than sifting through the strange and seductive mix of fact, fiction, emotion and photoshopped fakery that seems to characterise my Facebook experience of late. This is all the more remarkable because it’s half-term week and we’ve had a delightful steady stream of playdates and visitors. Once I’ve caught up on my crafting I’ll do another pass through all my Facebook settings to see if I can slim my feed without losing the pictures and updates that I do enjoy reading and viewing. For now, I’m checking Facebook once in the morning and once in the evening, and finding that actually that’s plenty. I’m not really sure how I got to the point of looking at the notifications every time I went past my smartphone, but have vowed not to do that again. Or at least not until I have caught up on some more socks
Thanks for all your comments last week. I’m going to have another go at the crunchy Febreezed million stripes to see if I can restore it to its former softness and lack of odour. I do use a crochet hook when retrieving stitches that I’ve dropped by accident, but found that a smaller size of needle worked wonders for picking up deliberately frogged work. I used this again when picking up stitches on a partly frogged scarf to cast off. It did give me a slightly tight cast-off as I neglected to transfer the stitches on to a bigger needle, but as it’s a school scarf for Small Girl I can live with that.