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My Crochet Journey {May 2020}

Saturday, May 16, 2020

I enjoy crocheting. There's a number of reasons. I find it relaxing. It keeps my hands and mind busy while my body rests. For me, it is much like meditation except when I get done, I am not only calm and peaceful, I have a tangle object. It's just fun to me.

I have always liked to make doilies and afghans. Usually very simple patterns. Normally a single color so I am not slowed down by fastening off one color and starting the next color. While most of works are simple in color, many have some advanced stitch sequences. After all, I do love a good challenge.

I have decided to slow the stitching down and add more color and more variety. So I am focusing my efforts on two goals:

1) Use up my stash (creatively)
2) Add unique projects to my portfolio that have a bit of "wow" factor

Goal #1 is progressing well. I won't go too far back in history, so let's just consider progress this month, May, 2020.

In November, 2017, I bought a bunch of red, white, blue, and gold Yarn Bee skeins to make a series of Corner-to-Corner (C2C) patriotic afghans that I had designed. I did complete two of those quickly, but the third one sat unfinished all this time. Eventually, I decided not to make that third design and searched out other patterns. I found a couple and designed a new one. Still, it sat unfinished. Then, in April this year, I stumbled across Patriotic Pride Throw by Katherine Eng. I had a color she did not use and I was missing a color she did use. So I swapped out a blue for a gold. I did get to exercise my engineering skills to figure out how big I could make the afghan with the yarn I had on hand. By the way, I am not an engineer by trade, I just always wanted to be one. So this is my outlet to fill that gap. This month I finally used that yarn and finished a version of Patriotic Pride pictured below.

As it turns out, there was still some of that yarn left over. So I pulled up a simple shell pattern and attempted to use up the remaining making a small lapghan. Or is it a baby blanket? Who knows. This is a version of Lovely Shells Baby Blanket by Olga Poltava.

I failed as an engineer. I still had a little bit of that yarn left over. Too much for me to just toss out. So I began working Modern Granny Afghan by Jeanne Steinhilber. It did not turn into an afghan, but more of a placemat and coaster. Not my best work, but it is a stash buster project, so when one color ran out, I attached the next color.

I am actually using that placemat as a laptop mat to protect my new craft table (and work-at-home desk). It was an anniversary gift last month that just arrived this week. It is oh so much nicer than the wobbly card table I was using before.

While goal #2 (adding projects to my collection with some awe-inspiring characteristics) is showing promise, I am regressing a bit. However, for good reason. I pulled this little charm I designed and made back in December, 2016 from the completed album to a Work-In-Progress (WIP). This one was inspired by my love for running which started in 2013 with my first half marathon with the Air Force Marathon series in Dayton, Ohio. I recently found instructions on a unique way to add a wooden dowel support rod to wall hangings. So I plan on giving that a try to get rid of the bows across the top.

I also have another, more colorful, wall hanging up next in the queue. I am very eager and excited to get going on the five projects following that wall hanging. One of the five is my design inspired by Dutch painter known for being one of the pioneers of 20th-century abstract art.

I have not hammered some of the finer details on several queued projects. So there is some engineering to be done before yarn hits the hook. I will post updates here in the coming months as the queue plays out.

Mission accomplished. I think this is much better.

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Another WIP complete. This wall hanging was made with cotton yarn. It was a quick, fun project. This is not the best in photography with little natural light, but it will do for now. Perhaps I can get better quality on a sunny day.

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I received my final package Saturday (or maybe it was Friday...they all run together these days) and my next project is queued up. I can't wait for the work day to end so I can bring out the hooks.

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Beginning day 5 on an incredible project. I cannot wait to see how this turns out. I am very pleased with the progress quite well so far. This one is going to be a lot of work, but I think it is going to be well worth the time invested.

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Beginning day 9 with 232 Granny Squares complete and 104 to go.

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