Realizing I need a new plan I did what I always do and hit the books. 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet seemed to hold the answer - or at least offered a place to start! It’s almost overwhelming looking through all those designs. The smallest change to a stitch pattern can alter the entire look. Introduce color and you add another layer of options to the project! Talk about confusing!! I have a box of 9 bright colors of yarn - how am I ever going to decide what pattern to use?!
Alright, now I've got the stitch pattern and the color pattern. I'm ready to make myself the most awesome blanket ever! I worked 3 rows and knew I made a mistake. I am not in love. Not only am I having reservations about the colors and the drape of the fabric, I don't know how I'm going to put a border on the ripple without it being a major pain - and I really want a border! What am I going to do?!? Honestly I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever turn all this yarn into a blanket. I know it has the potential to be spectacular, but I can't quite get it together.
I'm not ready to give up. I poked around on the internet seeing what Pinterest and Ravelry had to offer. I kept gravitating to granny squares and granny stripes. Since I know that I will never complete a full sized blanket of squares I decided that maybe I should try a basic straight granny stripe. I spent so much time deciding on the random color pattern maybe the simplicity of this classic design is what I need. With 9 bright hues a complicated stitch pattern might get lost and the whole thing could easily end up looking like "eeeww" instead of "aaaahhh"!
The decision made (again!) I devoted quite a few hours to getting started. The crochet work is truly effortless making it excellent for night time and when I'm concentrating on important things like what is going to happen next on Sons of Anarchy! Of course after just a few rows I started to second guess (again!) my decisions about the color pattern and working singles rows of color instead of 2 rows of each for a stripier stripe. Aargh!!
Writing today's post has helped me to remember some other important things about crochet. Things like:
- It's okay to change your mind.
- If you are going to take on a big project be sure that working on it makes you happy. Don't commit to hundreds of rows of Back Post Double Crochet if the stitch still feels awkward - even after you get the hang of it!
- Relax and enjoy the time spent making.
- Don't be so critical!! Whatever this turns out to be it's going to be great because:
a) you did it!
b) you love the colors!
c) you love the yarn!
d) there is no wrong when you're making art (yes, I think crochet is art)!
I'm ready. I've finished 23 rows. I don't know what it will look like when it's done, but that's okay. It will be as unique as I am and just as warm and snuggly!
Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me!
Until next time,
Be blessed and stitch & read with love!