What is a locking wheel nut, anyway?

Oh I’m so spectacularly bored! I’m at the garage waiting for my car to be fixed. I should be in work, but the car wouldn’t start this morning, and if I don’t get it sorted now, I’ll be done for all week. Does it sound like I feel guilty for not being in work? I do! I haven’t had a day off sick for about four years. 

So I’m in the waiting room at the nice shiny garage, and the mechanics are lovely but keep asking me questions I don’t understand, and I have to reveal my ignorance about the car I drive every day. I think I was just asked ‘Do you know why you don’t have a locking wheel nut on the rear off side wheel?’. Of course I don’t know – but if you’ve dropped any stitches, I’ll be happy to pick them up for you! My feminist senses are tingling, but it’s ok because C doesn’t know anything about cars either, so I don’t feel like a ‘useless girl’. 

I’ve done all the work I can do remotely – lots of emails sent and records updated this morning. But now I’ve got no work I can do here, and I’ve committed the yarner’s cardinal sin: I have no WIPs with me. I’ve got about 20 at home, but that’s no use to me now! So to pass the time, I’m going to try to do an inventory of all the WIPs I haven’t got round to writing about here yet. 

1. Baby blanket of African flowers. 

2. Cream and green dress that needs buttons. 

3. Pink baby cardie that needs about 4 inches of boring stocking stitch, and which I think will be absurdly huge. 

4. Blue hand warmers that I started, but the first one is too small, so I need to frog and restart. 

5. Pink hand warmer – only one because I did the first one and got bored. 

6. Crofter hand warmer – exactly the same circumstances. 

7. Beige hat for C’s mum. 

8. Baby blue crocheted crescent shawl. 

9. Grey and orange sock yarn cowl. 

10. Granny squares blanket in Cath Kidston colours. 

11. Cushion covers – one needs the ends sewn in (20 million of them) and one needs the cross stitch design finishing. 

12. (Oh god, they’ve just asked me another difficult question!) A crochet purse my for mum that I really need to finish before Friday. 

13. A hat for my sister that should have been finished more than a month ago. 

That’s all I can think of. Now, WIPs that only exist inside my head so far:

1. A blanket made of nine giant solid granny squares, in Ice magic light, possibly with a white border. 

2. A peaked hat with two buttons in dark grey and probably red. 

And finally, a show and tell:

I made about five purses last summer, to keep ‘in stock’ as presents. And last month I needed a little purse, and suddenly remembered them! It’s a bit ropey because it was the third thing I had ever crocheted, but I love my little nautical purse 🙂

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“But you have such a glowing complexion!” said no one

I’m not into much of a skincare routine. Sometimes I moisturise if my skin feels dry, and if I remember to leave the moisturiser next to my bed, where I can reach it before I fall asleep, but apart from that I don’t do anything. I stopped wearing make up last year, so don’t even use the cleansing wipes that I used to.

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I have always felt guilty for this – I enjoy not wearing make up, but I feel like I’m somehow betraying my future self by not doing anything to my face all day. Like in 50 years I’ll look in the mirror and curse 28 year old me for being lazy about moisturising. Also, I read in a blog post somewhere that using moisturiser without getting rid of dead skin cells first basically glues them to your face. Yuck. So I made a belated new year’s resolution, to wash my face occasionally.

I know – radical.

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But I really hate washing my face… It’s boring, and an extra minute between being standing up and lying down. And I always end up with soap in my eyes. And nice face wash is expensive, and I have a thing about flannels. You use them once, they’re damp and no longer fresh, so next time you need a new one, and before you know it, you’ve got an enormous pile of damp flannels. (I know there is an obvious solution to this problem, but I always forget to throw them in the washing machine.) Anyway. I needed something to make face-washing fun.

Step in, crochet!

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I’ve been making little face cloths – seven so far, until I ran out of yarn. They’re about four inches across, just the right size for a quick face wash without dripping soapy water all over my pajamas. The patterns are from various places, which unfortunately I am too useless to have saved in one place. I think some of them are on my Pinterest board, but because they’re smaller than the average granny square, I haven’t done all the rounds of some of the patterns.

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They’re just made of plain white kitchen cotton from the market near my parents’ house in Cornwall. A 100g ball made seven cloths, and now I need to get some more, because I’ve really enjoyed making them! For ages I’ve been wanting to make a round basket out of cotton, so I think I’ll make one to hold the clean cloths in the bathroom.

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The next solution I need is a towel arrangement. I also have a thing about drying my face with already-used towels, but it is utterly pointless using a new towel every time. I’m thinking about getting some muslin squares, and giving them a crocheted edge to fit in with the theme…

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435 words about face washing and cloths. I’m sure my friends have never been so grateful for the blog, because otherwise they would have had to sit through that conversation!