... inevitably means making decisions, and in spite of a busy couple of weeks I've managed to make a few crochet project related ones. (There is also a decision still to be made... but more of that in a bit).
I washed Martha's Blanket! - in the washing machine. The ball band instructions said 40 degrees would be fine, so I did it on a 30 degree wool wash to be safe.
It was fine! Nothing to worry about after all and much better for it. In fact it's the best it has been - even softer for a wash.
I've also been cracking on with the Hexagon Blanket. Up until now I've been doing it without much of a plan (no surprise there!), but finishing generally requires an idea of where you're headed. So, I've evened up the shape...
I pretty sure it's going to end up square and now it has definite sides and corners this will be much easier to achieve.
I'm also trying to keep track of how many hexagons of each colour I have completed. I'd like it to be an even tally overall, even if the pattern is random. As I am joining the hexagons in as I go along I can't make a nice pile of hexagons in the right proportion of colours and then join them together.
So I worked out how to do the next best thing...
I'm working four rounds of hexagon in each colour and leaving it attached to the ball of yarn. Then, I can go around the edge of my blanket, attaching each hexagon on it's fifth round knowing which colours I still need to add and which I don't.
(I promised Elspeth I'd include this picture with her foot in!)
The Hexagon Blanket is well on it's way now, and to think that this time last year I was deliberating over exactly the same thing! (See the post here).
The thought of a new blanket is spurring me on. It's a very tempting carrot indeed. So much so that I haven't been entirely successful at containing it. You know the point at which a new idea becomes so overwhelming that a bit of it is bound to escape somewhere?
Well here it is...
My excuse being that I needed to decide on yarn weight (obviously!). I'm pretty certain it will be in 4ply.
I haven't bought any yarn yet, but it is testing my willpower to it's limits. The yarn used to make this sample is from my stash.
And so, to my final decision. One yet to me be made... I wonder if you can help? I'd be so very grateful for a bit of advice...
This is the Rainbow Rug I've been making for the children's bedroom.
It's not finished, but there's quite a lot of it, quite a lot of work, stitches, crochet... all the things that make it hard to make the sort of decision I think I need to make.
I don't really like it anymore!
The colours are bugging me - the darker ones especially. I think I need to take them out and maybe put in some white. It all feels a bit dense, a bit too saturated.
And if I'm going to rip it back (pretty much completely), then maybe I could change the shape too? I really like the spokes and the way it feel like a giant mandala, but now I'm wondering whether to do a rectangular rug, something a little more geometric? Hmmmmm..... I think I'm a bit stuck!
For the moment I'll carry on with this...
... at least I know where I'm headed.