I have a question for you.
Why don’t projects progress if you ignore them?
It’s been a couple weeks since I picked up my crocheted blanket, and honest-to-goodness, it hasn’t grown at all. It’s very frustrating.
I keep it in a nice big project bag in my studio, protected and safe, yet it refuses to crochet itself. What gives?
Why can’t it just hang out and grow on its own like a potted plant? I’ve thought about breaking it out from time to time over the last couple weeks… shouldn’t that be enough?
Sigh. I suppose if my “ignore it and I’m sure it’ll be finished eventually” strategy isn’t working, I’ll just have to go to plan B (“get it out and actually work on it while binge-watching Masterpiece”). Too bad. I had hoped that maybe I’d just invented a new, more efficient way of working on projects.
Do you have any projects that you’re trying the “leave it in the closet and maybe it’ll magically get finished” strategy with?
I figured out what my next project is! Yay!
It’s a simple, stripey, crochet blanket. I haven’t crocheted in a long time, and I haven’t made a blanket in years, so I figured it was about time.
I love crocheting blankets, even more than knitting them. Crochet goes so much faster than knitting, is much thicker (in other words, cozier) than knitting, and you don’t have to worry about it rolling up on you like stockinette. It’s really the best thing for blanket-making.
I picked three shades of gray (OK, two shades of gray, plus black), along with a lovely medium blue for a pop of color. (Jo-Ann’s was having a pretty good sale on Lion Brand Wool Ease, so I stocked up. It might not be the fanciest yarn, but it’s soft, warm, and sturdy- perfect for blankets.) I cast on about 5 feet of stitches (I didn’t even bother counting- another thing I like about crochet- it’s so easy to improvise!), and started working in a simple V-stitch. I’ve made a handful of V-stitch blankets before. They always look good, work up quickly and stay looking nice for years. I’m kind of winging the stripe pattern, but I think I like how it’s turning out. I just hope I got enough yarn! (Though, if I end up having to go back to Jo-Ann’s, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world…)
Do you ever dabble in crochet?