Welcome to February's Winter Project Link Party! I hope you'll want to share your current crafty projects. As for me, Hensfoot is still in progress. I'm sort of struggling with it right now. I still like the project just fine, and I have every intention of finishing, but I'm not sure it will happen before spring. This is really okay with me; it's not like we don't have numerous blankets to use, and the weather will warm up before too much longer. If it takes me a little longer to finish, no biggie. But there are other things I'd like to work on, including cross-stitch, and my guilt complex makes that difficult. I like to think of it as a work ethic, but let's face it - it's mostly a feature of my guilt complex. The fact that it extends to crocheted blankets might seem a little weird, but there you go.
When I started, I was looking forward to a mindless-crochet sort of project and I definitely got one. It's mostly a good thing - I find it relaxing and soothing to work on, especially in the afternoons when I'm either in the midst of home school time, when it keeps me calm and benevolent, or afterward, once we're finished for the day, when it repairs some of my frayed nerves. I don't mean to complain (about the blanket or the home schooling); I've actually made a fair bit of progress with Hensfoot over the past month. It's now about 42 inches long and more than halfway finished. I think I'd like to add another 30 inches or so, so the tall person (and other eventual tall person) can enjoy it fully.
I'm very pleased with the way this blanket eats up yarn. I've started hand-rolling balls of yarn lately because the yarn-winder cakes are collapsing on themselves. Do you have this problem too? I have the standard red-and-white winder that clips onto the edge of a table (mine came directly from China, in record time; seriously, I think it was at my doorstep four days after I placed the order. It was cool, but strange). I like the winder a lot but the cakes don't always hold together very well. It's entirely possible I'm doing something wrong. I recently received an umbrella swift as a present and I'm looking forward to using it next time I wind yarn, but I know I'm going to wrap myself in yarn the first few times. My family will unravel me like a mummy in "Scooby Doo" and I'll twirl across the room as the yarn comes off. I should probably clear the furniture out of the way first.
Just writing about this blanket has me feeling a little more chipper about it. I'm glad to be crocheting it; the design is new to me, and it will be warm and snuggly to use. I love the colors. It's hefty, but not heavy and not stiff. I've been flagging a bit lately, but the end is in sight now. Onward and upward!