Welcome to November's installment of the Winter Project Link Party! This is a link-up, or blog hop, where others can join in and share the projects they are working on this winter. I'll go first, sharing with you my latest blanket project. I call it Hensfoot, after my two lovely little hens and their sweet feet, but it's actually made with a crochet pattern called Larksfoot. If you look closely at the stitch pattern, you'll see why: the clusters have a little "toe" at the bottom which dips down into the row beneath it. I was drawn to this design as soon as I saw it a few months ago and I knew it would be just right for my newest afghan.
I'm still enjoying this project very much, but I haven't made heaps of progress this month. I think I've added about eight inches of length, though, which is not too shabby. Hensfoot is about 24 inches long now, and covers my whole lap as I work on it. I always look forward to the point when this happens in any blanket project. As I've mentioned before, crocheting a blanket and having it grow to cover my lap as I work has become the highlight of my winter these past few years since I began crocheting seriously. I think this is my fifth winter of earnest daily crochet, and this will be my sixth (or maybe my seventh?) big blanket.
As much as I enjoy working on it, I've put Hensfoot aside here and there so that I can get a start on some crocheted holiday gifts. I think I was too ambitious about the number of gifts I planned to make; my imagination ran away with me, I guess. Some of them probably won't happen, but that's okay. I don't like to pressure myself; gift-giving should be happy and fun, not a chore. So I'll finish what I can; there are always other things to give as gifts.
I've noticed that my yarn basket is becoming easier to carry nowadays. Back in September when I first started this project, the basket was so chock-full of yarn cakes that I couldn't grasp both handles in one hand! I had to lug the basket around like a bushel of apples. Yarn cakes would fall over the edge in a trail on the floor as I went. I've used a lot of yarn already, but there's plenty more, cakes and cakes of it. I think this blanket has the potential to be my biggest ever, which is just fine with me. It's a stashbuster and who doesn't enjoy a huge blanket to use on the couch? Or to build a tent with? Or to lie on with a book in the backyard? Nobody at my house, that's for sure.