I've been making a magazine design recently. It's the first time I've done a garment, and while it's a simple knit, getting the proportions right has been unexpectedly difficult. In fact it's been kicking my butt :(
So I needed something simple to work on for when I can't do work knitting. Knit nights, waiting during kid's music lessons - when it's not appropriate to take work knitting, or when I won't be able to concentrate properly. I've also had to sort out the shed - Mr Happymaking has a new work contract that means he can work from home more often so we need to be able to share the workspace. I realised I had somehow gained a lot of blue-grey colour yarn. Some is left over from old projects or designs, some given to me, some sent by Rico as samples of their summer yarns. Now I've used some for swatches, but that means I have quite a few part-balls hanging around. I don't want to throw them out, but they are taking up space. So I've started a stash-busting crochet blanket.
Simple stripes, a different colour every row. I don't know how far the yarn will go, so I don't know how big it will get. But oh, those stripes are addictive. Blues, greys, touch of black & white with little pops of orange from time to time. I'm avoiding yarns that will felt easily so this should be a really practical snuggly blanket. I am loving making it. And I have to restrict myself to only working on it when I can't work on the stuff that pays. Because honestly, at the moment, I would happily work on this and nothing else! One stitch, one colour at a time, random(ish) selection of yarns, growing easily, stripe by stripe.......it's just so addictive!
I will think of a border to cunningly secure all these ends. At least that's the plan.......
Happy making xx