Two years ago on this date I tentatively, and with no knowledge of what it might entail, began this blog. I thus entered the sometimes peculiar, often delightful, always educational, cyber world. Apparently most blogs begun don’t make it to two years, but the ones that do are likely to keep going. So, I guess I’m here to stay until contingency whips me off elsewhere. And now that I can consider my ponderings permanent I thought I ought to do something to mark it. And what seems in order is a kind of series. An occasional, possibly random, series that will have an end. And I have just the thing:
Here is a picture of my favourite chair:
I love this chair. I bought it at a provincial auction years ago and paid much more for it than I intended, but it was worth it. I recently requisitioned it from the sitting room and now it's where I sit and read. It is so comfy. But it has gradually dawned on me that it gives me much more than I give it. There is a terrible imbalance in our relationship and I have been taking advantage. My poor chair has been suffering for too long, and instead of doing something about its obvious signs of distress
I have merely covered them up. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to do something, it’s just that I can’t afford to get it reupholstered and nor can I do such a job myself, I’m a crap seamstress. So it's more that I didn't know how to deal with the situation. But the other evening, as the horse hair was poking through the blankets and scratching my arms, an idea struck me: I could crochet a bunch of squares and just join them together in situ. This way I wouldn’t have to cut great swathes of fabric, nor would I have to be terribly accurate because wool stretches. I could do the whole thing by look and feel. Rather excited by having a practical project again, as well as the prospect of giving something back to the hard done by old chair, I hunted out some old balls of wool and a suitable hook, and began immediately.
This is, no doubt, going to take a long time. It takes roughly half an hour to make each square, I’ll try and do at least one a day, but it will depend on two factors: having enough time and having enough wool, and as neither of these factors will always be within the bounds of my control, I can't guarantee that will happen. I reckon I'll need about two hundred squares, so the whole project, from start to finish, is likely to take upwards of six months.
Which means this will be a sort of watching paint dry series: every now and again I’ll let you know how I’m getting on and may even treat you to a picture of the pile of coloured woollen squares I’ve accrued. Then at the end there’ll be a flurry of activity as I stuff the arms with wadding and attempt to secure it with patches of sacking, join the squares together, and finally squeeze the chair into its brand new cover. I think I’ll have to have an unveiling ceremony at the end, to which you will all be invited. I bet you can’t wait, can you?