July 26, 2015 by aswecrochet
Hi everyone! Sorry for my inactivity this week. I actually started a new job (!) and I’m really excited, giggly, and happy about it. It’s with classical music, which I grew up playing, and still play.
- Working in the only building in the loop that has hand-cranked elevators (I smile every time. I don’t think I’ll ever take the stairs because of this)
- Starting your morning off by walking into one of Chicago’s most beautiful buildings
- Being surrounded by music and people who really love music
- Having coworkers and others excited about the music I’m playing in the civic orchestra (community orchestra)
The one semi-downside is that my commute is now an hour and a half door-to-door. The perk is that I get lots of time to crochet and read. So may I present my first main crochet work on the train: a coaster for my new desk.
It’s made with the star stitch, which I had never done before. It’s perfect for a coaster and it’s wool so it’ll be super absorbent. Here’s the pattern. The pattern was easy and easy to follow (once I got through the testing phase of which previous loops to go into).
I really like the star stitch. It’s a bit stiff, so it’s great for this project. Anyone else use the star stitch and if so, for which projects?
Stray observations about working in the loop:
- Walking downtown at 8:30 a.m. is like playing Frogger
- The juxtapositions are astounding: the homeless and the super stylish business executives
- Street musicians galore!
On the plus side, I get to walk three miles a day, which is really good for health. I’m not sure I’ll be so happy about that in the winter, but I’m armed with wool and a hook!
Any of you have projects that you like to work on for your commute?