Wednesday, 4 June 2008

One of THOSE projects


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Originally uploaded by jenamberautumn
Everyone has one of those projects that goes on and on and on. For me, it's my Christmas and Summer blanket. I started this my junior year of highschool, and now just over four years later it STILL isn't done. It's not that I don't love working on it... I do.

And it's not that I don't think it's beautiful... I do.

It's just that it's gotten so long and so big... it's a problem carting it everywhere.

So today I wanted to take another look at this blanket, and share some of its stories.

This blanket was one of my first big project I ever did. I got the pattern in an old crafting book... the standard crochet ripple afghan pattern, and then proceeded to modify it so that it would be wider, because I love really really big blankets. And I was making it for myself, so I wanted it really really big. It was one of those strikes of fortune... my grandmothers had given me carte blanch at the yarn store, and I went and picked out all my favorite yarns. The original pattern called for nine rows of a color, broken up by three rows of the base color. It was really retro. But very soon into making the blanket I decided I wanted to change it up more. Instead of doing nine rows of one color, I would do nine rows of color, and three rows of white. I like how it turned out. Basically, I do whatever I feel like when it comes to the pattern.

Now, this whatever I feel like doesn't come without problems. You see, I didn't quite measure out the distance right, so on one side the "V" goes down where on the other side it goes up. They're both susposed to go down for pattern reasons, and I find that I need to 'compensate' a little on the pattern. Also, with all the color changes the sides are rather ragged, but I think that's ok because I"m going to edge the whole thing in white when I'm done. So it will look normal, I swear!

In the next few days, I'll be posting on some stories that involve my Chrismas/Summer afghan. But in the meantime I'd like to ask you. Do you have a project that goes on and on and on? Is it one that you enjoy, but for some reason just get to only once and a while? I'd like to know.

3 comments:

ladylinoleum said...

I think it's going to look phenomenal when you're done. And you know what? Edging is the cure-all.

I have a few projects that I've started and have never returned to. Mostly this is because I get side-tracked by my published projects and by my travel schedule. However, with this said, I should really make an attempt to finish those WIPs!

Bean said...

this is the largest project I have seen. It is beautiful.

OhAmyKP said...

Hah Hah...we got stuff in common. I have yet to follow a pattern to the te sometimes I intentional other times its not.

wow 4+ years...is a long time but the blanket looks great and at least you sticking to it. I no better than to even day dream about doing a blanket.

I did a toddler shirt in fingering weight yarn and it took me almost 2months cause I kept taking 2 & 3 day breaks between every couple rows. I'm such a procrastanator that I have tons of WIP sitting around, hopeing one day to be comepletedd.

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