Monday, July 10, 2017

Forward Progress

WIP, work in progress, panels, blanket, afghan, Red Heart Super Saver, Caron One Pound, crochet, finished project

  Ah, and here we are again after another sleepless night... Done with ripping back an entire skein, and back to an almost-completed panel blanket. Since this round of insomnia is keeping me up again, I'm glad to have a simple project like this to work on. And since I'm always terribly cold in the air conditioning, I'm also happy to have an afghan to work under even though it's the middle of summer.

WIP, work in progress, panels, blanket, afghan, Red Heart Super Saver, Caron One Pound, crochet, finished project

  I'm starting to wonder if my current sleeplessness could be work-induced. Rip van Winkle has taken to sometimes sleeping in a chair to stop his snoring, and it leaves me with an empty bedroom and a (sometimes) quiet house at night. Unlike any other time of the day, the middle of the night is when I can just keep working with no interruptions... And it's kind of nice!

WIP, work in progress, panels, blanket, afghan, Red Heart Super Saver, Caron One Pound, crochet, finished project

  Once I decide that I've had enough of work for the night, it seems like I'm able to wind down quickly and go to sleep. But if I don't get tired of working, I don't get tired at all and I just keep going. Maybe this current state isn't really insomnia at all, and it's more like... Drive. It's a paradox that I'm not sure I want to try to solve... Am I crocheting because I can't sleep, or am I not sleeping because I'm crocheting? That thought might show you that my quiet time gives me too much time to think.

WIP, work in progress, panels, blanket, afghan, Red Heart Super Saver, Caron One Pound, crochet, finished project

  Either way, the schedule is working out for me. I threw together a whole panel blanket in a few nights, didn't I? Using a size N - 9.00 mm hook and worsted weight yarn, the project works up quickly as it is... And using the seamless join method on panels goes super-fast! But without that quiet time free of interruptions, I'd still be trying to finish panel #3. And if not for the decision to rip back and change yarns for the seam, I might have let this project go idle.

WIP, work in progress, panels, blanket, afghan, Red Heart Super Saver, Caron One Pound, crochet, finished project

  Instead, I finished the joins well before midnight and continued on to experiment with a border. (That's where I stopped taking pictures, because I want to keep the whole finished project secret for now.) After a few different color and stitch combinations, I made up my mind and worked on. At 3 a.m., I cut my last yarn. To be honest, I can't call it completely finished because there's still some tails to weave in... But wow, does it feel good to finish a project so quickly.

  The pattern is for one of the next GrannySpiration Challenges, but I'm excited to let you in on a few tips and tricks I've been learning from my blanket-making experiences. I still have to finish up the final part of the Be Square Top tutorial, then I'd like to start another project to help clear out my stash... But wait! What about the "no-new-WIP" rule? Oh! Crochet world, you put me between a rock and a hard place sometimes. 😉

Happy Crocheting!

6 comments:

  1. This blanket looks great! I love the light blue and black combo. My son was cold natured, as soon as AC was on and he was TV viewing, he needed a blanket. I'm knitting a blanket for myself. I have ripped back and started over just once, got the right needles and I think its going to be great. I will post some pictures as I go further in my project.

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    1. Thanks, Janet! At first I doubted the darker color, but this is a big-boy blanket (for one that's almost old enough to start school). I think using the black yarn added the masculinity needed to create a little man's afghan that can grow with him.
      It will be great to see pictures of your knitted blanket. And you're always making something for someone else... It's good to hear that you're making a project for you!

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  2. Looking forewards to your GSC post next month! I'd like to make a blanket too but I know its no use starting cause I'm no good with long-time-projects. Nor with projects that gradually become too large to easily move around the house with or take along to the crochet-tea-party. But with what I've seen so far from your blanket I might even reconsider...
    Have a lovely week!
    Marjan

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    1. My methods could change your mind, Marjan! I'm no good at projects that take too long, either... There's no gratification of that "finished" feeling, and I get bored.
      This blanket was nothing more than making some "scarves", and it stayed nice and portable until I started joining the pieces. (I also had a backup plan to just donate the pieces as scarves if I never finished the idea.) A few long sections were a lot easier to keep track of than a bunch of squares, and there's less ends to weave in, too.
      Hope you have a wonderful week yourself!

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  3. Dear Jenny, I follow your thoughts, about crocheting at night without interruptions. It's also nice to be up when the whole world seems to sleep, I think. That's why I'm always up very early in the morning. I used to crochet and watch tv (without sound) and watch the sun rise. And I also began to think that I liked not being able to sleep because that time before everybody woke up, was my own time. Nowadays I'm still up early, but I rather sit behind my computer to catch up with blogs or Pinterest or stuff.
    Anyway, I like your blanket! I think I said it before, but it's surprising how well the black goes together with the light blue.
    Hope you have some sleep, you don't want to become too tired to crochet! ;-)

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    1. It is a special feeling; when everything around you is still, and you could almost imagine the whole world is yours... I'm glad you understand. :)
      I think the striking contrast between the black and blue is what makes it so appealing. I almost used a dark brown that also paired well with the blue, but I hated the color together with the grey. I'm happy with how it came out, so maybe now I'll get that sleep.
      Enjoy the rest of your week!

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