Yop '20 - #6
Who am I to resist a new challenge, especially one that everybody and their aunties seem to be doing? I'm talking about mosaic crochet, in case you hadn't realized. And I'm blaming Liz of Highland Heffalump for linking to the Havanna CAL and thus getting me hooked. Literally.
I'm not yet ready for the Havanna CAL,mostly in terms of buying yarn for it. I crocheted a few test rows with an acrylic I had but the yarn is just not the right quality for a blanket. It's kind of hard and sturdy and perfect for pillow covers but just lacks the softness and drape I'm looking for in blanket yarn. I know what yarn I'm going to use for Havanna in the end but right now, I have so many WIPs and so much yarn that I just don't want to buy more.
(Side Note: I've been trying to declutter and simplify my life ever since the Covid-19 lockdown started, and while I've managed to get rid of a good number of books and all kinds of other stuff, I'm still not content with my progress. I've found that having too much stuff, even lovely stuff like yarn and fabric, makes me feel overwhelmed, and takes the fun out of being crafty. So I'm slowly working to becoming a "project buyer" as far as garments and accessories go, and limit the actual stash to one or two yarn qualities I regularly use for blankets and pillows and home deco.)
I mentioned in my last YOP post that I'm repurposeing the Spicier Life CAL yarn for my Terrazzo afghan squares. It's Stylecraft Special DK and such a lovely yarn to work with! I'm not sure how many squares I'm going to get out of the yarn I have, I don't intend to buy more of it, so even if I end up with just a lap blanket, it will have to suffice. I played around with colour combinations but I think all in all I like the tonal squares better, at least with the colours I'm using. I have not used the dark brown yet because it's my least favourite colour in the set, so maybe I'll use it to crochet the squares together, and to add a few border rows.
The good news is that Habitation Throw and I are back in love. We crossed the top a while ago and are now on the downhill run aka decreasing part. Knitting is so much more fun now that the rows are getting shorter, only turning the little beast at the end of each row is becoming quite a task. My timing is rather excellent, though - I mostly knit in the evenings, and now that autumn is here, evenings can be a bit chilly but Habitation Throw is keeping me rather comfy.
Not surprisingly, there aren't any changes to my lists since I just kept working on Habitation Throw and Terrazzo Afghan.
Works in Progress:
- 30 Years Blanket - crochet - started 22nd December, 2019
- Simple Rag Quilt - sewing - started 31st March, 2020
- Fox Paws - knitting - started 25th April, 2020
- Sockyarn Habitation Throw - knitting - started 25th June, 2020
- Stripes and Squares Blanket - knitting - started 16th July, 2020
- Photo Wall - photography - started 26th July, 2020
- Terrazo Afghan - crochet - started 2nd August, 2020
- Vanillas - knitting - started 10th August, 2020
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