Yarn-Craft Revisited

I’ve been super-cleaning the house this summer and, after years ignored, have rediscovered a motley treasure of yarns from my last bout of Knitting Fever that had me entangled in its knotty grip eons ago.

And I have it in my mind that I need to reduce the clutter, minimize the piles, purge the stuff that’s been weighing me down in life … So I’ve pulled the fibrous masses out of hiding with the thought that I need to get rid of it once and for all. But for some reason I can’t just pitch it, can’t just donate it. I know, I’ll just make a “few” things!

For the most part, I’ve only ever been a scarf knitter, and an occasional granny square crocheter. So I thought I’d try my hand at some larger stash-busting projects, maybe learn another stitch or two, try a new pattern while I’m at it…

For my first return to the hook and needles, I thought I’d build on my granny crochet experience. I’ve done multi-square granny afghans and large stand-alone granny squares. This time, I wanted one that was rectangular, so it would be long enough cover down to my toes, which are always cold no matter what time of year!

I figured out how to alter the pattern from this tutorial: Crochet Crowd – Granny Rectangle Afghan. I’ve got just an absolute ton of Red Heart yarn in these — what I call 70s retro tomato, celery, wheat type — colors, so I’m really going for the gusto with the size of this thing. Here’s the WIP. I’m liking the looks so far!

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Next up in planning, I’m going to do another biggie crochet blanket, and in my mind I’m pretty sure, but not absolutely decided, that I’m going with some type of V-Stitch stripe. I’ve got a mondo heap of discontinued Patons Divine bulky yarn in several colors that I think will make a really soft, cozy blanky. Here are those shades.

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Although I’m supposed to be fazing out all this yarn, I’m already feeling the addictive pull of the craft. And I mean there’s social media and zillions of patterns and pictures out there now, so I’m pretty much a goner. Not to mention, my knitting needles are feeling left out. So there might be a third something or other project coming down the line. We shall see!

I’ll check in now and then and let you all know how it’s going. Comment below with a link to your WIP too, if you’d like!

Jessi

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