This blanket has been sitting in my living room at about this stage of completion for months. I began it this summer when I first learned to crochet. It’s just one giant granny square, which I think looks really fun.
I’m using Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn. It feels so soft. Prior to crocheting things myself, I associated the craft with really scratchy acrylic yarn. Particularly granny square or stripe blankets that were crocheted – they were always uncomfortable feeling. So I intentionally chose something the opposite of that for this project – natural, soft cotton.
I picked the particular brand of yarn at Hobby Lobby because it was cheap. Ha! They’re tiny little things of yarn, and as the square has gotten bigger it takes more than one of them to make my four rows of one color. So it didn’t end up being the cheapest way to go, but it’s still not bad.
This blanket is for Taylor. I’d really like to finish it and wrap it up for Christmas. Crocheting is so much different in its speed than sewing, though. I can race through a sewing project at break neck speed – finishing an entire women’s costume Regency outfit in a day – but my fingers just can’t fly fast enough to finish an entire blanket at any reasonable speed. It’s supposed to be a relaxing craft, I suppose!
I’m going to try to make myself finish it this week. For one thing, I spent too much money on the yarn to let it go unused. And it’s so pretty! The colors match her room perfectly, and she loves little blankets to wrap up in when it’s cold. Plus, making things for Taylor is super rewarding because it makes her so happy. And it makes her proud, so that she tells her friends and teachers and everyone that “Mommy made it”, which is just adorable. The little girl deserves a finished blanket.
So now it’s time to get off the computer and head outside to watch Jacob swing, while busying my hands with this blanket. It’s a beautiful sunny day!