This is clearly a week for Getting Things Done.
In other words, this week, I have finished two projects, and started a third. Yay me!
The first project I finished is the beautiful, gorgeous, complex blanket that I’ve been working on since January. Yes, January! That’s how long ago it was that I started designing it. I’ve not been working on just that and nothing else, so it certainly can’t be described as a solid six months of work, but overall, it’s been a longer haul than any of my previous designs.
But it’s gorgeous. I love it so much. There are no words for how much I love it.
However, I feel like a bit of a tease, saying that, because while this blanket is currently being tested by a handful of my lovely testers……the pattern is not going to be published for a while. I think I mentioned that I was thinking of running it as a CAL, and the decision has been made that yes, I am going to dip my toes in those waters. But as I said, it took me a while to work on the blanket, and I’ve looked at how to schedule it, and it’s going to be one that requires a little more commitment than some CALS. It’s going to take a little while. It’s absolutely going to be worth it, but it’ll be a longer CAL than most.
So on that basis, I’m keeping this blanket mostly a secret for a few more months, with the Kaleidoscope CAL coming to you in January of next year. A long way away? Yes. But this way, Christmas crocheting will be all done and out of the way and people will be able to come to this blanket with a clean slate 🙂
The second project I finished is my more mindless blanket, the one that in my head is ‘squishy soft blanket’. And that’s going to be what I call it, because hey, why not? The pattern for this one is pretty simple, and will be ready for you all very soon 🙂
Which brings me on to number three, my new project. It’s a bit of a stash-buster, and a bit of a self-challenge. I don’t tend to like doing back-and-forth-in-rows blankets. I’ve often found my tension gets tighter and tighter as I work along them, and I’ve always struggled with starting chains, though this is now a problem I don’t have, thanks to discovering the miracle of foundation crochet. But sometimes you just want to ripple, right?
So I’ve started a baby blanket ripple, using Attic24’s interlocking ripple. I have eight balls of yarn in my basket (five in Stylecraft Special for Babies DK, and three in Stylecraft Wondersoft Stardust DK) and a determination to keep my work from getting tighter.
It’s hopefully going to be a nice, quick project. Sort of a palate cleanser after the detailed work for the Kaleidoscope blanket. It has no owner in mind, but no doubt it will find one, in time.
So I’m feeling pretty good, this week. I have future projects in mind, but they still need a bit of time percolating, and I don’t like having nothing to crochet, so this ripple blanket is a good thing to be doing meanwhile. And there’s nothing quite like that lovely feeling of starting a brand new project, is there? 🙂