Midnight in Paris

My crochet exerts quite a pull on me, and the time I don’t spend at my craft, I generally spend attempting to keep the housework that has been piling up at bay. But every now and then, I find it helpful to leave behind both the crochet and the housework, and that is exactly what I did this afternoon when I went to Woody Allen’s latest film, “Midnight in Paris.”

It was a delightful escape, and when it was over, I was both refreshed and renewed, and in the aftermath I had a somewhat jarring but important epiphany.

The sequence of events that lead to my epiphany started when I walked past a bookstore.

Bookstores, like yarn shops exert an inexorable pull on me. While I had no purchase in mind, I took a few minutes to look over the available offerings and found myself drawn to a table with an assortment of 2012 calendars.

This one in particular caught my eye:

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A calendar that caught my eye

Before I walked into the bookstore, I thought I knew what I was going to make for the 2011 North Carolina State Fair. In fact, I had known (or thought I knew) for several months exactly what I was going to do, but looking at that colors and designs on this calendar, I knew in that moment that I needed a new plan.

After the bookstore, I continued on my trek to the car and came across this vehicle:

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A Lilly Pulitzer customized Jeep

In addition to what can be seen in this photo, the chrome cover for the spare tire had the name “Lilly Pulitzer” emblazoned on it in pink letters.

When I got home, I did a quick Google search and found this wiki entry about Lilly Pulitzer and her design dynasty.

How could I not be inspired?

Rested, rejuvenated, and ready to get back to work, I pulled out my most colorful current project and got busy.

Having finished two additional squares, I removed the single crochet edging that had served to border the Quadrant Blanket, and I joined the two new squares to the original four using a slip stitch through the back loops only:

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Half of a quadrant blanket times three

The former Quadrant Blanket is now six squares large, and I will continue to work on it until it has an even dozen.

My epiphany? If I spend time working on things I don’t like, it will leave me less time to work on things I do like.

3 thoughts on “Midnight in Paris

  1. How cool is that Jeep! So want one! I’m all for unique!

    The calendar is really good inspiration and can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    Still loving the squares for the simplicity of it!

  2. Did you buy the calendar?

    I can’t wait to see your idea for the fair.

    The jeep is gorgeous. And THIS post and your epiphany are inspiring. LOVE your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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