So – at the start of this year I promised myself that I would re-learn to crochet, and more specifically that I would learn how to do a ripple blanket.
Which I did, with the expert and brilliant help of Lucy at Attic24.
Three successfully completed ripple blankets down the line, I now know that I definitely CAN do it! All of them have been given to special people for special occasions, and now the time has come to do one for myself.
(Oldest son calculated over dinner last weekend that each one used over 4.5 kilometres of yarn. So nearly 14 kilometres of yarn altogether. Wow.)
But I fancy a change (and maybe a new challenge?), so this time it’s going to be Lucy’s latest project, her Attic24 Harmony Blanket.
I bought the yarn for it in August before we went away on holiday, then realised that it was going to be far too bulky to take away with me. Then I thought, start on one colour-way square at a time, so I sorted out the 5 colours for the first version of the squares, put them all in a bag with the pattern, crochet hook and my trusty tin of useful bits and pieces. And carried the whole lot around with me to Oxford, Paris, London, and Northamptonshire (twice) without ever getting any of it out of the bag.
Somehow it felt too daunting, to tackle the 11 page pattern. Not enough mental stamina or energy or quiet time (actually combination of all three together) to face it.
So, this afternoon when I finished all the jobs that really needed me, I sat down and determined to do the first square.
Of course, as ever, it turned out to be so much easier in reality than in my head. And here I am with the first square completed, and (I measured it, as instructed) exactly the right size. And I’m sure they’ll look neater and be quicker to do as I go along. (The light’s not good this afternoon, so the photo in no way does it justice).
Just another 125 squares to go then. Oh, and the joining and the border. So, not an overnight project.
But at least I now realise that I can get away with just taking a bit of each of the 5 colours with me, or even just doing say a couple of rounds of two colours on a train journey, to make the whole thing more portable.
And I have at least learned one lesson from the past. I shall rigorously follow Lucy’s advice to sew in the ends as I go. Otherwise there will be hundreds and hundred and hundreds of ends to sew in. And that’s a boring boring lot.