I always find the Easter weekend to be a good moment to at least begin the annual spring-clean.
The days are lengthening, Winter has hopefully finally been given the old heave-ho, and I’m beginning to feel optimistic and energised about the coming Summer. We did also have a flat-inspection by the landlord just before Easter too, which gave an additional incentive to tidy up.
It doesn’t look much like we’ve had a tidy, though. Not now. Not since I took it into my head to have a rummage through my yarn stash to come up with a new project/see if I have the right stuff for planned projects. Now I have yarns and crochet magazines strewn across the floor.
In doing so, though, I have found a new project – the sort which doesn’t take too much thinking, and which can be done in amongst more complicated projects.
One of the side-effects of buying crochet magazines, like with cross-stitch, is ending up with a collection of the freebies. With cross-stitch, these are mini kits. With crochet, it’s usually little balls of yarn.
And because I so rarely make whatever they recommend doing with the yarn, I now have a box of random colours. Admittedly, some of these are the ends of balls from previous projects. But the new project with my box is a patchwork blanket of granny squares, with the intention of practising different granny square patterns, rather than just doing the same one over and over, though I have already done three of the normal one. Just as a start.
I’m also planning a couple of the Virus shawl, as a light Summer-evening cover-up. But I haven’t the right yarns for them. Not yet..Oh dear…Trip to Hobbycraft required…
Well, that was a longer break than anticipated! In the meantime, I’ve also scrapped an awful lot of what I had planned…which isn’t all that helpful, when you think about it.
However. I have managed to return to both cross stitch and crochet, though to none of my current or other planned projects.
Instead, I have started small, ish, and simple. A rabbit kit from a magazine, and a granny square baby blanket. Both just right for helping my brain make sense of the mess it has made in planning a 5-book series…
Now that Christmas has been and gone, it’s time to look over the spoils and gather our strength for 2017.
It was a busy time, Christmas. I was busy with my brightly coloured blanket (still not finished) and I keep having to get more yarn for it. So in between times, I started another blanket. A smaller one, it’s true, with wool I’ve had for longer than I care to remember, destined for a baby due shortly.
I’m very pleased with how it turned out, especially since there was a certain amount of using up wool involved. Gives me hope for my blanket… Except I was given a copy of Edward’s Menagerie for Christmas so I have lots of new patterns to try. Once I’ve worked out how to read patterns…
In these dark and dismal days of winter, it’s nice to think of brighter things – of sunshine and daisies and warm summer days.
But until we get there, I’m making this brightly coloured granny square blanket to snuggle under. I just couldn’t resist the wool when I saw it in Hobbycraft..
It might take me a while – and a lot of wool! – but I’m finding it very therapeutic for an anxious mind, all these trebles and sets of three. Nothing complicated and I can nip along a line quite quickly.
For the interested, the yarn is by James C. Brett, called Party Time, shade PT4, and I’m using a 6.5mm hook. Oh, and it’s 100% acrylic.