The unfinished aardvark

Mr Snooty Tooty

And why “tidy” is a four letter word. I mean, come on, who likes tidying? I like my rooms to be tidy. I like planning a tidy up. I even like starting to tidy. But actually completing the job? I don’t think so.  The tidy gene just passed me by at birth. I start, knowing I am doomed to failure. So many distractions along the way.

Borbz in the middle and I still can’t remember the name of the border. It’s starting to get to me!

There are all those things you find, that you didn’t know you’d lost and you simply have to see if they still work.  Which brings the tidying process to an abrupt halt. There are all those things you bought because you just had to have them and now all you can think of is “why?”. There are all those parts of things that you can’t remember where you put the remaining parts  of them. There are parts of other things that you suspect you’ve thrown away because you’d lost the bit you now have in your hand. Not to mention the guilt trip about A. all the projects you started and never finished and B. all the projects you bought stuff for and never even started.

And there’s never enough space to spread them all out in some sort of order so you can put related articles together ready to put them away. All I ever end up with is a big box of stuff that doesn’t have a permanent home.  (The box, of course, becomes the permanent home.) And for a while, a few hours at best, I can see that my desk has a wooden surface.

 

 

 

 

Heartfully two ways- straight grid and wonky grid.

Please don’t say it’s just me or I shall have to go and throw myself in the canal. And when I’m dead and gone the loved one and my kids will tidy it all up – straight into the dustbin.  I suppose I could cut out the middle man and chuck it all away myself. Then there’d be room to buy some more.

You know what? I’m feeling better already. (And of course, writing in my blog about tidying is the perfect displacement activity for actually doing anything.) Well, I think I’ll just take this mug downstairs and wash it before I start the tidying.

Progress report for Ben – Miss Snooty Tooty. Needs sewing together, ears and a face.

And when I get downstairs I will see the the unfinished aardvark I’m making for my grandson’s “wife”. (He says they’ve been on a date so now she’s his wife.) Obviously.(They’re 8, by the way.) She’s Miss Snooty Tooty – the aardvark, not the wife – because his one, which I made him for Christmas, is Mr Snooty Tooty.  Not Mrs, you’ll notice, Miss. I love 8 year old logic.  It was yesterday that he asked me to make it for her and he phoned this morning for a progress report. Bless.

The collection so far, using odd spare balls of wool left over from other projects.

After making the unicorn and then a doll at Christmas for Isla, my youngest granddaughter, I was told how all the mums at school had been asking if she could get one for their children. My daughter in law, who knows me well, said she thought no, that I only crochet for family and friends.  (Quite right too.) However, it set me thinking and I decided to make a couple of things to be raffled at the school Summer Fair, assuming that we have a Summer this year, of course. I’ve plenty of yarn – no surprises there – so I may make a couple more. And, this is the good bit, it will use up spare yarn and make things a bit tidier.

I have been drawing too. The bookmarks for the swap are going a bit better. I saw Helen Williams’ blog about Gourdjeous and had a go to see if it would make a border. And then, it goes without saying, I watched a couple more of her videos, which led to me using Heartfully on another one and making a mental note to use Ruffles on another.

Filled the middle of this one with a slightly clumsy Mooka.

So I then went on a You Tube expedition and resurfaced three days later with a headache and so may ideas on using patterns I haven’t used for ages. Like Awrop, and Dooleedoo and Frondous and… and… and…

Still haven’t started tidying.

And then it’s Diva Day , which takes priority, of course.

LATER

Well this week’s Challenge is a humdinger and no mistake.

So the past week or so i kept seeing this really great tangle popping up on Instagram.  Seeing as the first Monday of the month is when we use a tangle created by one of you, i thought this week’s challenge would be to use Pickpocket by Tomas Pedros.

It takes a bit of concentration, not one you would just sit down and rattle off for the fun of it but I absolutely loved it. This is a first attempt but I’m not unhappy with it.

A brain teaser of the first order but very satisfying.

So I’ll finish on a high note and go and get on with some tidying. Maybe.

Until next time, world, be good -ish.

 

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7 thoughts on “The unfinished aardvark

  1. Love your work! I usually make more of mess trying to “tidy” up so what’s the use? At least that is my excuse. I like to think of my space as “organized clutter”.

  2. I really like your Pickpocket tile. So, neat and orderly. Maybe you were channeling all the tidying you were about to do—-sometime. I know I’m going to sort out our living space because my California sister and her family will be staying here while (whilst?) we’re in Italy. Sometimes I think we should have company more often. The shame of not having our condo/house tidy and shining usually halts the cleaning procrastination dance at some point. I understand why you don’t want to get into selling your crocheted animals commercially, but I’m sure they would be very popular in an Etsy store or something like that. It would be a good source of some income during a zombie apocalypse. OTOH, zombie apocalypse.

  3. Thanks for another delightful read😉 I don’t have the tidy gene either. I love those animals and your bookmarks are Fab! I know I’ve got the name of that pattern in my reference binder at home. I’ll find it. Your Diva tile is great!

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