I thought I would be done by now, after starting out like gangbusters, but then I got that weird virus, switched mostly to the hand quilting while sick, and the crochet blanket was sort of forgotten about for a bit.
Besides the usual things of life, I think my waning interest was partially due to wishing I'd made it a little wider from the get go. I realized that this could only be a lap afgan, not one for the bottom of a bed say, which totally disappointed me, because I think it'd look so great at the bottom of my son's bed. Another "issue" I was having was that I had started looking around a little bit at yarn online and fell in love with some of the colors, and descriptions, (but not the price!). I haven't bought any new yarn for this since the previous posts, but as I crochet with all the different inexpensive wools, cottons or blends that I bought, I am learning a bit about the differences, and know that the next blanket I make (oh ya, I'm hooked) will have more carefully selected yarns.
That said, the pattern I am following (here) clearly states it's intenion is to put those leftover yarns to use, so, really, it's as this blanket is supposed to be I think; a hodge podge of color and texture. It's got that in spades I'd say!
I'm very glad I got over all my self manufactured "issues" with the afgan and got back to work on it. Super happy to be closing in on the finish line.
Last night while putting the project away for the night I started rolling the threads around the remaining skeins to make these little yarn flowers. They make me happy.
One of my favorite parts of this project (probably holds true for most creative pursuits with me), is the colors. How they interact with each other.
Now that they are in little stackable flower shapes, it's easier to make little piles of different combinations. Each time I finish a row, I am choosing the next color based on it's interaction with the color before it. I am trying not to repeat any color combinations. If I put hot pink next to burnt orange somewhere on the quilt already, then I will find another color to put next to it each time I use it. Every so often (probably about every foot or so), I make sure to have used black and the same with the whites. So that there will be somewhat equal and balanced streaks of light and dark throughout the blanket.
I talked about it in the previous post, but I am still surprised to see how much the quilt changes each time I add different color combinations. It's so interesting to me.
Very fun to discover new color combo loves, and even some dislikes too. I'm sort of a fan of color clashing in general, and this quilt has got a whole lot of that going on!
I wish I could get a photo of that hot pink, hot pinks and reds are so hard for me to photograph.
I'd say I'm 3/4's of the way there. Hope to be back with a finished report soon!