i am slowing settling into my new apartment in cincinnati after several years of life adventure in texas. part of settling in is getting out my blankets to start crocheting again. while some may pick up a cross-word puzzle book… or play with their i-phones… in the ten minutes i have here and there (which quickly turn into hours) i crochet.
for the past couple of years i have been on this kick crocheting large, crazy colored, circle blankets. im not sure how it got started. the very first one – which i call mine – was crocheted out of bits and pieces of yarn that i had collected over 4 years of college, 1 year in over-the-rhine, and 1 year in denton, tx.
the original... sits on the back of the big leather couch
since the first one i have lost count of how many i have finished ( i went a little crazy…) between christmas, weddings, and birthdays – many loved-ones have found themselves gifted with a blanket.
my mom's blanket in action (emily, a sister, on left & mom on right)
so here is what i am currently working on…
not just one...
but two blankets in progress
i don’t have any pattern for the circles… i just feel out when to increase around and sometimes drop in a different crochet pattern to add interest in the round. color-wise: i tend to stay on the cool side of the color wheel using blues, greens, purples – with highlights of yellow and red.
i did step out of my comfort zone with the black yarn (see the blanket on the right) – i had inherited a bag of accent yarn that was spun with black as the base color. so decided (against my gut instinct) to go for it and use the furry black yarn that i had been avoiding. i am a bit unsure right now about how it will turn out in the end. Any suggestions about using black yarn? and weaving in color?
p.s. to all of ya’ll who do have a blanket: i would love to receive a picture of you (and maybe someone you love) snuggled up in it! i would love to start a blanket-love album …