Christmas is nearly four weeks away, right? It isn’t crazy to start a new blanket, right? RIGHT?!?!?
I hope so, because that is what I did last night. Too late to turn back now…
I have been thinking about entering this made it challenge for months now, and this month I finally did it. I entered twice, with my Blue Waves blanket and with my finished pottery pieces. There are so many beautiful things in this challenge, go take a look! If you want to vote for me, that would be nice, too, ;).
And just like that the October Made It challenge draws to a close and the VOTING door is flung wide open!
What a sensational month it’s been! Lots of lovely newcomers, and FIFTY FOUR, *record breaking wooohooooo high five* awesome, crazily creative projects – thank you EVERYONE!!!
In the mix this month you’ll find a wonderfully colourful array of
Blankets, warm & cuddly
Throws, natural & rustic
Scarves, trendy & chic
Cushions, bright bold & beautiful
Headbands, fashionable & pretty
Shawls, elegant & soft
Christmas snowflakes/angels/ghosts, happy & dapper
Ceramic decor, shiny & different
Mandalas, hip ‘n happening
Beanies, adorable & addictive
A spring wreath, beautifully floral
Cell phone pouch, rainbow coloured
Toys, fun & AMAZEBALLS!
Mitts, fingerless & funky
Cardi/Sweaters, too cute for words
Crochet food, yummy…
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I have had my eye on the Neat Ripple Blanket by Lucy at Attic 24 for some time now. I always have a lot of projects going, though, so I was putting it off until I had a few things finished.
Last month, I was making good progress on my Christmas projects, and I decided this would be the perfect pattern for a blanket for one of my giftees. It is so much fun to do, too! I would pick this up in the evening, thinking I would just do a few rows, and find myself unable to stop stitching. It came together really quickly, too–I finished it in under 4 weeks, even though I was working on other projects at the same time (I simply cannot work on only one project at a time!).
I am particularly pleased at how squared off the folded blanket is–I am not always that consistent with my stitches. I often start out a bit too loose, and the first few rows are a bit wider than the rest of the blanket. I knew I could improve, though, because the rest of my blankets are usually fairly consistent after those first few loose rows. I guess all the blankets I have been making lately are actually paying off in increased skill, :).
I am still, as ever, obsessed with blanket making, even though it is summer. We have had some unseasonably cool weather lately, which has given me some extra time to work on these warm projects. This is very awesome, both for working on blankets and for my electric bill; I have had my A/C turned off for almost a week now. I am hoping that it lasts a bit longer so that I can finish the blanket I am making for my cousin’s daughter before she heads off to college, but that is a story for another post.
This post is about the blanket I finished this weekend:
Isn’t it great (if I do say so myself)? This v-stitch pattern is so quick and pretty. It is surprisingly warm, too–I found myself getting too warm when I used to to cover my legs in a cold movie theater. I did have a sweater on, but I was surprised that it made such a big difference.
I tried to work on small gift items while it is hot, and I did get some done, but I just love making blankets so much. Anyone else making blankets in the summer heat?
I have a big problem with wanting to do new projects all the time. I see something cool, and I want to start it immediately. As a general rule, if I am obsessing too much over a project, I go ahead and start it, even if I already have many things in progress, because starting the project takes the edge off of that obsession.
During the months leading up to Christmas, though, I really tried to limit new projects that were not going to be Christmas gifts. I already had so many things going, and I really did want to finish a lot of things for the holiday. My resolve was tested when I got the Best Gifts of 2012 bonus issue of Crochet Today on my Nook, though. There are many great patterns in that issue, but what really caught my eye was this Lancaster Quilt:
I love everything about it, even the colors, which is rare for me. I see a lot of patterns that I like, but my first thought is usually “Of course, I’ll use different colors.” This one, though, I love the colors, too. I wanted to start it immediately, but I knew I wanted that pattern for myself, and that it would be time-consuming, so I delayed. This week, I could delay no longer–I had to at least start the blanket.
What do you think? Don’t be distracted by the beautiful blanket behind my square. My grandmother made it for me years ago, and it is one of my favorite things ever. Okay, go ahead and be distracted by it, I obviously am, ;).
I love it already. Of course, now that I have gotten through the first 14 rows, I am going to be making progress much more slowly, I am sure, especially since I have many other projects in the works still, but I am glad to have this going.
How many projects do you have going at once?