Knitalongs are when a group of knitters get together to make the same project at the same time and share the experience together. As much fun as knitalongs have sounded, I have always avoided them in the past. I had viewed them as another distraction to what I was currently working on. So I have always declined or indefinitly postponed....... UNTIL NOW.
It started with some of my friends wanting to crochet a granny square afghan. They were picking out lots of colors of wool yarn for their afghan. I can't lie, I got caught up in the moment myself and stated selecting colors that appealed to me. Then before you know it.....it was assumed I was in. YIKES!
I did protest, really I did, and proclaimed I couldn't possibly start a blanket for a whole host of reasons: my lace wraps (one in red and now one in blue), I am still a hank or so away from completing my retro ripple afghan from last year (or so), how could I possibly start another blanket..... yada yada yada.
I tried to resist..... but the colors really were speaking to me and then it happened..... I decided to get involved in my first community knitalong or rather crochetalong. But I do know myself enugh to know that I would NEVER have the patience or the stamina to put together a gajillion squares. So I found a Vintage Ripple pattern by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas using the same number of colors and then I was hooked...... pun totally intended....
The 7 colors I chose were in Cascade 220 worsted weight wool: chocolate, olive oil, cabernet, como blue, jade, mossy rock and tummeric. I love this yarn for heirloom quality blankets.
I have been fairly dilligent about working on it and its now over 60% complete. However, its just big enough to be a bit on the warm side to continue working on.
SOLUTIONS: wait till the weather changes (may be dangerous for me to pick it back up, since my retro afghan is still not finished), crank up the AC, or sit at a table to work on it by letting the blanket sit on the table instead of my lap.
Stay tuned....news at 11.....
Happy knitting and crocheting!