If there is one thing I’ve learnt about crafting since I started to knit and crochet, it is that sticking to one project at a time isn’t possible. I have to have a variety of things on the go to suit every mood and situation – a mindless TV project, a brain teaser, alfresco crafting, etc. It’s also something I’ve realised more since the pandemic and the lockdowns, relying on my projects not just for enjoyment and relaxation but my mental health and anxiety.
In fact it is the same for both myself and Sarah. The past few months haven’t been kind to us personally so we’ve turned to our crochet and other craft projects as a focus, a positive goal in amongst all the negativity.
The Off Piste blanket, colours picked by Sara of Black Sheep Wools, and the pattern written by Lynne Rowe.
Sarah’s first proper project (with a little help from yours truly) and a decent sized one at that! Everything about it is perfect for Autumn from the colours to the repetitive, relaxing, cosy nature of the granny stitch. I have a feeling there might be more of these blankets on the hooks as the Autumn and Winter months progress!
Scheepjes 2020 d’Histoire Naturelle CAL. designed by Christina Hadderingh of A Spoonful of Yarn.
I’ve mentioned this blanket a few times on Turn Another Page when I’ve done the odd craft update, but it has been a while and I’ve done a lot of work on it, or what feels like a lot of work. The design/pattern is inspired by the descriptions of Paris’s Natural History museum in All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and it is the most complicated project I’ve ever done. Now there are just 12 ROUNDS LEFT TO GO and I’m ready for the finish line. I’m excited to see how it will look! Although I’m also a little anxious to have it out a lot because I can imagine dog claws getting tangled and caught in those lacy corners!!
Granny Goes Large by Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart, packs exclusively sold by Black Sheep Wools
Another one of my projects, funnily enough for Sarah. Or that was the original intention, anyway. It is large enough now that it drapes over my lap as I’m working on it and hopefully once I get going, it won’t be long before it is finished. I’m irritated by how much it has warped though – I was not expecting my tension to change that much! Nonetheless, it is a nice project to have alongside the other one so there is something easy to dip into when the mood arises.