|Three projects started all at the same time!|
It is quite uncharacteristic of me to start many projects on the same day because I usually focus on one thing at a time.
Occasionally I might have a second project to take out and about with me if the first is not so portable. This week I had a little bit of a project frenzy, making a start on a number of things all at once!
Today I will show you the first three.
1. Lime green baby blanket.
I have had the yarn for this blanket stashed away for over a year but was busy with more urgent activities so it sat patiently waiting in its box for ages!
If all goes well, I expect to have the blanket done by the end of February or early March. I want to pay careful attention to this project as I have special plans for it.
The blanket is definitely a "home project" as it is going to be too big to cart around. More importantly, my special plans will demand precision in my crochet technique; I will tackle this blanket when I have a quiet space and sharp mind.
Therefore, I need another project for those foggy times, when the powers of concentration evade me; when simple straight crochet serves to soothe my restless frustration. My answer is:
2. An accessory for my Belcarra cardigan–a simple belt tie
|Double crochet stitches worked evenly into back loops |
create a stretchy ribbed belt tie.
The red organza drawstring bag with gold Chinese characters on it
is just big enough to hold a small skein's work and crochet hook.
Made of simple double crochet ribbing, with tapered ends, this one is designed by me and a great way to use up those partial skein leftovers of the purple cardigan yarn. The belt will be useful for adding shape to the waistline or holding the cardigan closed on breezy days.
In case you are wondering, yes, I have finished the cardigan but am waiting for good conditions to model it for you! If you don't mind being patient, I would like to wait until I have completed the belt.
I am not sure that the width is right and I don't know exactly how long it will be. I will just keep on crocheting until it tells me it is long enough. If I don't like the result, it is easily undone to try something else. That's what I love about crochet–mistakes are easy to undo with minimal waste!
Working even is great for locations with potential interruptions or distractions; easy for crocheting on 'auto-pilot' in front of the tv or at an event or with company; but in certain circumstances it can be mind-numbingly boring!
Sometimes I want something more intellectually engaging to do while out and about to pass the time in waiting rooms or to distract myself from pain while in hospital etc.
Remember when I was packing for hospital? My pre-prepared project packs were still sitting in my crochet basket waiting for attention, looking lonely, calling to me, "Please make me!" until at last I succumbed.
3. WIP Project Bag by Janet Brani
My daughter liked the look of this backpack style bag and asked me to make it for her. To avoid purchasing new yarn, I allocated colourful stripey sock yarn from the stash.
This pattern has the best of both worlds–small and simple to take along, but with a stitch variation to reduce boredom. Once the base has been shaped, the rest of the bag is worked in even rounds until it reaches the required length. The pattern uses a 'split stitch' which gives a slightly different pattern and texture to straight double crochets worked in the round.
It still requires a bit of attention when inserting the hook, but the even rounds mean that it is easy to find my place again if I get interrupted or need to rip back.
4. More in the queue?
It is enjoyable to have a choice of projects on the go. After being a fairly 'monogamous' crocheter for a while, it makes a pleasant and exhilarating change. It is tempting to take my hooks to some more yarn that has been allocated for specific projects but still waiting for a start.
A scarf and a pair of fingerless mitts are eager to be next.
Do you like to have multiple projects in progress
or are you a one-project-at-a-time devotee?
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"WIP Project Bag: Progress Photos At Last!", 17 September 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/wip-project-bag-progress-photos-at-last.html
Explains the 'split stitch' and the first of three stages of the WIP Project Bag.
"Home from Hospital", 19 December 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/home-from-hospital.html
Shows the chosen hospital projects pre-packed and ready to start.
"Library Haul", 9 December 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/library-haul.html
Introduces the Crochet One-Skein Wonders book, including publication details.
"Packing for Hospital", 7 December 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/packing-for-hospital.html
Discusses possible projects to pack for a hospital stay.
"Design Characteristics of an Easy Pattern", 28 August 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/design-characteristics-of-easy-pattern.html
Provides details of the Belcarra Cardigan pattern with lots of links and references.