I spent the early part of this week in jury duty. Two days, $24.
This was my first time to ever get picked for jury duty, but I had been around enough people lately who have been there to know there would be a lot of down time. I figured a book and my nook were adequate time killers, and they were. To a point. I ran out of reading material* around 2:30 and we were there until 3:30 on Monday.
Tuesday, I came prepared. Since you can’t take knitting in, I decided to try a crochet project. I set up my foundation chain & did the first few stitches of the first row on Monday night, then worked on it while I was there yesterday and when I was at home after I got dismissed.**
Now, here’s the thing. I have trouble with my foundation chain being too tight, so I imagine this scarf is going to be all curly and twirly when I finish. Which is fine as I have to keep practicing to get better, right? I also realized as I was on my 3rd row of 240+ stitches that I had been doing half-double crochets instead of double crochets. Ooops. I ripped back the second & third row & fixed them, but decided I wasn’t willing to fight through that first row again & was just going with it.
I’m now over half done with the border, working shell stitch on the foundation chain, which is a bit of a challenge. But in the end, I can say this was my first crocheted scarf & maybe put it in my closet next to my first knit one. Or maybe I’ll actually wear it – the color crochets up pretty cool.
The pattern is the One Skein Scarf (ravelry link) from The Happy Hooker (and apparently also available for free – pdf link), and I can see myself trying it again – just attempting to get that chain set up so it doesn’t go all twirly. It’s a quick and easy pattern, especially for a crochet novice like myself.
A couple recommendations if you ever find yourself at jury duty:
- Take enough reading material to get you through an 8 hour day. Then add a book or two.
- Peanut butter & jelly sammiches make an excellent lunch if you don’t want to go find the nearest restaurant (or if you don’t want to spend money on lunch).
- If you know how to crochet at all, plan to do that. Knitting needles aren’t allowed (at least not in St. Louis City).
- You can take your computer & get work done or surf the internet, but you’re going to have to pack it up & carry it around with you when you go anywhere. And in the city, it’s a little under a half mile walk from parking to the courthouse. (There is a van that will take you, but not if you get out early & it didn’t seem to be there on my second day.)
- If you’re like me & carry a camera in your purse all the time, take it out. I didn’t even think about having mine with me & I had to check it at the desk on Monday. Tuesday I remembered & left it at home.
*To be honest, I do have a couple extra books on my nook that I just can’t get into. So I tried a bit from both of them and gave up on reading, deciding to watch whatever was on tv instead.
**I did get called for a case, but the case didn’t go to trial after all, so i didn’t even get to the selection process.