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Procrastination for the Nation!

I've never thought of myself as a procrastinator...until now.  I have been working on a qualification linked to my job for the last 2 years because, quite simply, it doesn't hold my interest and takes the enjoyment away from my work.  Give me a ball of yarn and a crochet hook and I will whip up a shawl in a matter of days.  Give me something academic to do and I will drag my feet and find everything else to do but the task in hand.

Recently, I decided to make the Chloe Cardigan from the Top Down Sweater Book and I had purchased the yarn that I thought would suit the pattern. It didn't!  I soldiered on but my heart didn't seem to be in it.  I put it to one side and other patterns started to call my name.  Because of my phobia of WIPs (I know!) I didn't want to start another project - I didn't want to continue with this one either.

Don't get me wrong, I love the pattern, it's just that the weight of the yarn was too light for the project.  I started to procrastinate. I have always got a hook in my hand but I wasn't feeling the love for this crochet project 😱 The only way to get back on track was to frog it.  I have never had to do that before but it got me out of a crochet-funk.

It was a hard lesson to learn but if you aren't enjoying the project that you are working on, it's time to frog and start something new. As for the college course - we'll see...


  1. Ha Ha! I'm like you. I need deadlines in life outside crochet to get things done. I'm sorry the yarn wasn't working for Chloe but frogging was the best way to go!


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