Start a new crochet project? Oh yes.
How about on the long, 5 hour train ride to visit my sister?
Collect several balls of colourful, leftover yarn:
Do a quick run-through at home to ensure that it will all work out.
(Wouldn't that be a bummer to have all this yarn on the train, but the pattern stunk? You know - like wrong stitch numbers or missing rounds in the instructions?)
Pattern is A-OK!
Begin train ride.
Begin crocheting, around and around...
(The tray table in front of my seat was the perfect place to lay out all my little balls of yarn so that I could mix and match colours!)
By the time I had completed my weekend away at my sister's, and after 10 hours of almost constant crocheting on the train, I had stitched 38 colourful centres for the squares in my afghan.
(That's about half of what I needed - but it was a good start!)
Over the next few weeks, I begin adding the white edging to the rainbow circles.
The two rows of white are a nice foil to the mix of leftovers I used to create the centres.
Before long - IT WAS TIME!!
I'm crocheting all these squares into a blanket!
I always get very excited at this point. The end is so near. I can feel the cozi-ness of this afghan already. It is going to be fabulous during the autumn and right into the frigidness of winter here in Canada.
The only thing standing in my way??
10 000 ends to sew in.
It's wonderful to make a colourful blanket using 56 shades of one's favourite colours - but in the end, every beginning and end of each colour has to be sewn in by hand. Ugh.
But I did it.
It took a whole week of evenings, but I sewed in every last one of them.
Darn, I'm good.
So close to completion now.
Just the edging to go.
I kept it simple - 2 rows of white granny stitch around the whole thing.
And here it is!!
And it's already got a home on the corner of our new sofa in our living room.
The kids love it.
My husband loves it.
I think this blanket is going to be well loved and well used!
Thanks for popping by!
Love you all,