Monday, 31 March 2014

See It - Pin It - Do It

SIPIDI - See It Pin It Do It - is genius.  It's Fiona's idea, and it's a great way to encourage one to prove the usefulness of all the Pinterest time that is, from where I sit, quite wasteful.  I held back from Pinterest for quite a long time, and I have to say that I'm a useless member; I don't use the forums or do any connecting, I just look at the pictures. And occasionally, I pin.  I started pinning because I developed a thing for crochet.  Having accepted that my evenings were being wasted by my age-onset rubbish eyesight preventing me from playing at my desk, my age-onset evening tiredness meaning I couldn't be bothered to do anything but sit in a comfy chair, and my life long idleness, I decided that I should try something that I could do whilst in the big comfy armchair.  Because lets face it, singing round the piano, card games and mind numbing TV weren't going to keep me amused for long.  I feel the need to be productive. 
So I pinned some outrageously gorgeous and very advanced crochet projects. I've taught myself, thanks to the internet, and made a bundle of scarves and cowls.  And then I wanted a project.  So I made a blanket from granny squares.  And then Miss Dunnit expressed an interest and so I searched, found and have been making another, for her.  I had all the squares in three marvellous piles.  I asked her which order she'd like them to be joined - red, grey,mix,red,grey, mix, or one row after another, or blocks of four...how?  And so of course, she surprised me utterly by devising a proper pattern.  Of course, it;s not finished, I think a handful more of evenings will do it.  But I'm already looking for something else on Pinterest, so I thought this could just about qualify as my March SIPIDI.

Vertical joining still to be done, and a border.
Of course, she chose the mixed yarn colour way for the border, and I will do that.  But she's wrong.  I think it should be the grey.  But hey. It's not my blanket.  Just my teeth that are gong to itch as I stitch!

20 comments:

Shaz Brooks said...

Pinterest! Its an angel and demon all at the same time. I resisted it for ages, and I don't do the forum thing either- just pin what I like, want, need and what amuses me. I tell myself all those cards I Pin are for inspiration, all the recipes for later try-out. How many lifetimes do I think I have, lol?
Hugs Shaz xx

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Do you know you're the second person to call me a genius (sort of) in the space of a week. I could get used to that! It's looking fantastic and I will pin it to the SIPIDI! board forthwith. Thanks so much for joining in Julia x

Crafty Lark said...

Love your project Julia, I made one years ago and think I may do some squares now. I only browse to see what is on pinterest as I find it too easy to get distracted and wander. xx Flora

Ohhh Snap said...

Kudos!! LOVE the blanket! I only pin pictures, but I've pinned 30,000 of them lol. I'm a visual thinker so I can usually remember what I'm looking for after the ideas have marinated a bit. To be fair though, the BIG BANG and SHINee pictures are just for fun and the good music : D.

Helen said...

I've never looked at Pinterest, because, frankly I'd become addicted and I spend all my spare (!!) hours on twitter...
I do however love Miss D's forthcoming blanket... I agree about the border BTW. but hey, it's her choice.. enjoy finishing it.

Sue said...

What a fab blanket. I've made them before, although I find sewing the squares together a real pain.

I rarely go onto Pinterest.

mamapez5 said...

I love the blanket though I am with you on the grey. I sometimes crochet in the evenings. I have been able to make granny squares since I was four or five. Mum could crochet before she could knit, and she taught us. But I am only just branching out into more complex stitches. At the moment I am making large squares, each one a different colour and a different pattern. I get all the ideas from the internet, but I mostly only pin sihouette cutting and papercraft. Kate x

Eliza said...

You're a clever bunny Julia and I am with you always have a dark border otherwise it will look crap.

Love the SIPIDI term but I dont pinterest and probably never will, I can't justify the time wastage, I would much rather spend time reading your deskers blogs.

Hugs Eliza

Twiglet said...

What a fab project Julia - it just looks so cosy - perfect to snuggle into on a gloomy day. Not today though - its bright and beautiful here - the garden calls! x Jo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Miss D is her mother's daughter, with a mind of her own, that's for sure. She seems to have the entire thing planned out in her mind, so she'll own both the design and the lovely blanket when it's finished.

I tried to join Pinterest once, but I wasn't allowed to, since I had to be a member of Facebook, which I was not. Funny how all those social media sites are all tied together. One good thing about not being able to join Pinterest is, it frees me from spending all my time there.

Hammers said...

Love the blanket. My Ma taught me to crochet as a birthday gift a few years ago, I have made all kinds of things. I LOVE Pinterest. I use it as a giant reference library, especially now I have started making clothes again. I have made quite a lot of Pinterest ideas! Cx

Sharon Madson said...

Yes, I am addicted to Pinterest! I pin madly, then rarely look at it again! Your afghan is lovely. I haven't crocheted in years. I used to all the time, and cross stitched. , too. Now it is all paper crafts! :) happy Spring!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Pretty Colors. Pinterest..I do it a LOT...love the receipes, so easy to locate. Ideas added to my little non functioning brain. I guess I consider myself a dreamer...for pretties. great Recycling, great dreamland photos of Shabby Loves.

Sandy said...

Well I am addicted to it too but you know more than me is there a forum?Well there you go I didn't know that.. Not going to look for it though as I enjoy just pinning.. Your crochet is lovely I also dabble and have a board on it also am in a group on pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/MarleenLaughlin/crochet-holic-community-pinboard/ If you want to look..
Sandy :)

misteejay said...

Your granny squares are beautifully 'square' and the blanket is looking fab. My school dinner-lady taught me to crochet when I was at primary school.

I don't Pin, FB or tweet as I find it difficult enough keeping up with the blogs that I follow.

Toni xx

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