A New Project

Lately I have felt in a bit of a funk. A rut. A bit uninspired and stagnant. I’ve not been able to put my finger on why exactly, I think there are multiple things contributing to it (bad weather, leaky roof, no oven, not enough money, bad sleep) but they are the usual kind of things I deal with all the time. Why were they feeling so much worse this time? And then Emmy commented on my Chelsea Bun post:

“Hope you get over blogger’s block, soon. Maybe you could start a new project and tell us all about it, or update us on how TTB is growing??”

A new project! I don’t have anything on the go at the moment. Well, I didn’t until Wednesday when I cast on 210+3 stitches and started another ripple blanket. And things started to feel more balanced again! I had something to look forward to over nap time and something to do while TTB plays. He’s often quite happy to play on his own, so long as I am there and he can see that I’m not doing anything more interesting than what he’s doing.

I did a brief stocktake of my Stylecraft yarn today to see what I had and what needed replenishing. Do you see why I never know how much yarn I used for my blankets?! I never start with full balls, I just kind of have a continuous stash of it and the colours run out at different speeds. I’m lucky enough to have a shop in town that sells it so I just pop in and buy a ball or two as and when. I promise to weigh the resulting blanket though and give you an approximate amount of yarn though.

The colour sequence is (so far) loosely picked from the stripy sample I did last year (full post here) and it feels quite nice and reassuring to use this as a guide. The less thinking I have to do the better!

The colour sequence so far is: Meadow, Pomegranate, Shrimp, Magenta, Aster, Sherbet, Fondant, Aspen, Turquoise. The yarn is Stylecraft Special dk and I’m using a 4mm hook. It takes me roughly 12 minutes to do a row (so 24 minutes for a stripe).

When TTB gets up from his nap, he is really cuddly so we usually watch an episode or two of Postman Pat on the sofa. (This photo shows Abney and Teal though!). He is happy for me to crochet during this as long as he can snuggle up :-) He had the cutest shirt on today, I think it’s from H&M.

It’s amazing how much better having some crochet on the go makes me feel!

25 thoughts on “A New Project

  1. Selena says:

    12 minutes a row! I’m currently making a smaller ripple, and am at least 30 per row, if not more! I need whatever coffee you drink to get my hook flying at full speed I think! :-)

  2. Emmy says:

    It makes me so happy to know that my little comment helped bring you out of blogger’s block and add some lovely crochet to your life ;) It’s so good to see beautiful stylecraft on your hook again. I’m also working on a ripple at the moment- about 56 rows I think so far!!

    Love from the USA,
    Emmy

  3. Emmy says:

    It makes me so happy to know that my little comment helped bring you out of blogger\’s block and add some lovely crochet to your life ;) It\’s so good to see beautiful stylecraft on your hook again. I\’m also working on a ripple at the moment- about 56 rows I think so far!!

    Love from the USA,
    Emmy

  4. Emmy says:

    It makes me so happy to know that my little comment helped bring you out of blogger\\\’s block and add some lovely crochet to your life ;) It\\\’s so good to see beautiful stylecraft on your hook again. I\\\’m also working on a ripple at the moment- about 56 rows I think so far!!

    Love from the USA,
    Emmy

  5. I know how you feel – a house that has a leak isn’t great when cash is short to get it repaired. Especially eith the current weather. I seem to gave buckets out continually! But crochet does help. It’s good to sit and enjoy watching a new blanket grow.
    Hope you all have a good weekend. x

  6. Alison says:

    Ahh lovely ripples, great pattern to do whilst multi-tasking. Love your colour choice. I’m working on a rainbow ripple blanket, it’s my first big project, have only made dolly blankets and snow flakes before (only taught myself to crochet in November).
    Mine is 255 stitches and takes me roughly 25 mins to do a row, nowhere as neat as yours though.

  7. Having something to occupy your hands and your mind is therapy; it lets you create a quiet space just for you wherever you are. Glad to see you’ve got a lovely project on the go again xx

  8. MsZeb says:

    Without wishing to ‘over share’, I could not have coped with the last three years without crochet. Obsession or medicine? A bit of both. Having those hours, or just ten snatched minutes, of sitting still and thinking through your thoughts, or not thinking at all, have been invaluable. Having something beautiful at the end is just a bonus. Knitting helps me too but there’s something about the rhythm of crochet, especially rows of crochet, that is wonderfully therapeutic.

  9. I think the weather is getting to us all Heather but hopefully you have sun in north yorkshire today as we have in the south of the county and in the words of John Denver (you might never have heard of him but look the song up)
    Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
    Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
    Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
    Sunshine almost always makes me high.
    Your colours are going to look gorgeous I will look forward to seeing your finished blanket

  10. Sharon says:

    Hi, am a brand new crocheter and addict to your site.. I LOVE the ripple blanket, can a complete novice manage it I mean a real novice? The colours make a dull rainy, windy day a lot brighter.
    Although a complete novice I feel the same way as MsZeb even doing a chain is very therapeutic and relaxing..keep up the blog x x x

  11. I bought a stash of stylecraft ages ago (over a year!) and haven’t done anything with it yet, except a cape in claret for my goddaughter and admiring and stroking the rest of the skeins. I should start a project with it! No point in letting the skeins sit in their transparent boxes. Your ripples looking fab, so might use you as an inspiration :D

    Glad you’re feeling better! Crochet is a real lifesaver ;-)

    Cheers,
    Charlotte

  12. One-oh-four says:

    Yay for new projects! I have started too many recently and keep flitting from one to the other which means I don’t seem to make much progress on any of them. Your colours look beautiful. Adore the photos of TTB too. Hoping for dry weather for you so the roof doesn’t bother you too much. We have one leaky patch if the wind is blowing in a certain direction but it seems unfixable – just had to learn to live with it.

  13. Anne Marie says:

    It’s lovely to see you’re on the up again. Love those colours, you commented on them before and I then went and bought the wool, by mail order – and I was only thinking just before reading this post – that I really must start my blanket!!!! How bizarre is that?

    I have also got lots of leftover Sublime from my other blanket and I think I’m going to crochet a jumper for Spring/Summer/whenever it gets finished with the leftovers! If you ever want something little to crochet, why not crochet yourself a Crochet Baktus scarf with tassles, I’ve just finished one, in a silky yarn, as a gift for someone, only take you a couple of days!

  14. Tracey Hatton says:

    So pleased for you. Hmm me too… I love to use lots of colour and I’m always delving into my stash and then adding in charity shop finds along the way, so I have no idea how much yarn I’ve used either :-) Have a lovely weekend x

  15. The colours look lovely. I would like to start some crochet but I have 4 lots of knitting in progress (agh!) so I’ll just have to wait till I have less knitting and more yarn money.
    ps. Have you tried TTB on Pingu (on YouTube)? Stashlet is a big fan.

  16. Love the cheery bright colors of your new ripple! It’s just what we need at this stage I think, bright & cozy :-) TTB looks a very contented wee soul in his cute shirt! Have a lovely (crochety) week, Helen

  17. Sue says:

    The colours are really good together. I am looking forward to the updates on your progress with this blanket.

    I still have not mastered ripples. I must try harder but first I have to finish some other wips.

  18. I’m glad you’re getting out of your slump! These winter days are so hard to stay in a good mood. I think that blanket is going to be beautiful. I love the bright colors.

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