This is what I’ve been up to. Crocheting is how I deal with stress — it’s how I relax. These are two pretty patterns I acquired and just had to do them.
The first one is a dogwood blossom baby blanket. I tried to start out with a different kind of yarn, baby yarn I could get locally without having to drive twenty miles away to wal-mart. But, they only had white and light pink and I only got a few rows done when i needed to switch to the dark pink. So when I went to walmart i just got all new yarn — the kind called for in the pattern.
I’ve had this pattern for awhile and just got around to doing it. To be honest I’m putting off assembling another afghan I have waiting in the wings. This past winter I crocheted 86 hexagon snowflake motifs and got bogged down when I started trying to whip stitch them together. I hate sewing stuff in crochet. I learned a way of joining blocks together with crochet so I’ll give that a try. But it’s easier to just work on a blanket that is all one piece, more or less. I didn’t really like how the rose turned out, but that was the pattern design. If I do this again I may try a different rose pattern.
This afghan I started in January as part of a crochet-a-long (CAL) a designer was sponsoring on her blog. I got bogged down and didn’t keep up with it. But I did finally get it finished. Part of why I didn’t finish with everyone else was that the pattern she was giving was just going to make a throw and I wanted a blanket. So I crocheted more squares and rectangles than it called for. I started out with a color scheme — alternating six colors for the blocks, but eventually i ran out of those colors and couldn’t find more yarn the same color or just could afford to buy it, so I had to start including other colors from skeins I had lying around. It’s not something I would normally do. I’m not one to just throw a bunch of colors together that don’t really match, but I stepped out of my OCD comfort zone for this. Everyone tells me it’s beautiful. I say, at least it’s finished!