Welcome to January's Winter Project Link Party. I hope you'll join me in sharing any and all craft projects that you're working on this winter. I also hope you're feeling more excited about crafting that I have felt lately. It's tough; after almost a year in crochet limbo, I'm still feeling a bit noncommittal about new projects. I want to start another big blanket, but I'm having trouble mustering the enthusiasm to stick with anything for very long. Ultimately, I'd like to crochet a large blanket for our bed, using soft, pleasing colors that will brighten up our sunless bedroom. I've shared numerous attempts over the past year, but I'm not really feeling any of them beyond making the first few motifs. I've tried flowery squares and hexagons. I still like the hexagons best, but they're not really singing out anymore either. I don't know; I hate to think that my blanket days are done, but maybe I've made enough blankets for a while. This possibility has been creeping in for about a year now.
I've been feeling a surprising amount of stress about this blanket, actually. It's silly. But I miss having a big project to work on, and of course the act of crocheting will always be important to my mental and emotional health. I don't want to stop trying, but maybe I need to let the creation happen more organically, without so much planning and rigor, and certainly without so much anxiety. I finally decided over the holidays to stop thinking so much and just start crocheting something. I gathered all of the colors I'd been using for my hexes (I have tons more skeins of those colors, so I can always go back to the hexes another time if I want to), adding some others in warmer tones - deep orange, gold, lime green - and just started making some eight-round granny squares, just your basic, old-fashioned 3dc clusters with 2ch corners. I like my grannies to have larger blocks in the centers, so I always do the first two rounds in the same color, just a personal preference.
It has been satisfying. I need something to work on that I can put down and come back to. I'm joining the squares as I go, just because it's a simple way to see quick progress, which I find that I need to keep me going right now. I don't always need it, and in fact have eschewed it in the past because it seemed a little too much like cheating, but for the moment, I'm enjoying it. I don't know that this will be my BIG blanket, though I do think it could make for an interesting bed cover. Maybe I'll stop when it's throw-sized and put it in the living room; I have two crocheted throws in there that are 4-5 years old and beginning to show their age. We'll see. For now, I'm just grannying.
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