Wet blanket

So last winter, I think in January 2011, I was feeling pretty confident in my mad crochet abilitiez, so I decided to start an afghan. Who was I kidding? I was inspired by older movies from the 80’s or early 90’s. You know the films, where there’s an old, ugly blanket neatly folded over the back of the sofa. Take Roseanne, for instance. Green couch with a granny square blanket laying over the back.  I LOVE THAT BLANKET. So I started dreaming of making myself the ugliest crochet blanket I could.  And so it began. I chose three colors for this gem: sky blue, black, and some confetti color I found in the Red Heart brand. Hey, if you’re going to make a big blanket you’re going to opt for the cheap stuff, right? Then I shopped around for the perfect pattern and decided on the larksfoot stitch. I used this same stitch for a baby blanket I made prior to starting this.  I like how the “claw” part of it digs down into the previous color and sort of.. pops. I just think it looks really cool so I went with it.

I started my blanket and may have gotten a little overambitious. After a few rows I realized it was a little bigger than I anticipated.. and I was working the width. The width is a little over 7 ft. Meaning the height will be about 9ft. But hey, go big or go home, right?!

Unfortunately, I only finished 24 rows, meaning it’s about 1/8 of the way finished. I chalk it up to the fact that at that point I was really getting into taking orders from people wanting hats and things so I focused more of my time on making a few extra dollars and, in the end, the blanket was folded up and thrown into my closet. Doesn’t this happen to every crochet hooker?

But fear not, for the blanket is revived! The other day I was clearing out some of my hoard of hoodies (no shame in admitting that I had 54 hoodies folded on a shelf in my closet.. don’t ask) and I noticed a sad heap of technicolor staring at me saying “You’ve forgotten me, haven’t you…?” After some denial, I finally picked up my blanket and declared that I would finish it. Despite my large list of orders I need to fill, I will get this thing done. It will no longer be a wet blanket, but one of the coolest, ugliest afghans around. Maybe not, but I will cherish it forever =). Actually I love the colors I picked for it and the more I look at it the more excited I get about finishing it. I like to think that one day it will be a family heirloom.. HA!

Here are some pictures of my blanket:

That’s my ‘squatch blimpus in the background

The unfinished edges. At this point I wasn’t familiar with the whole sew it in while you work concept.

Eww my little piggies!

So that’s my ongoing project I’ll hopefully finish sometime in the near future! How do you feel about my colors? Do you have a big project you can’t seem to finish?

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16 thoughts on “Wet blanket

  1. Hey I love your colour choice – no way that blanket is going to be ugly! I’m looking forward to seeing it complete. Unfinished projects – they’re a bane until you take them up again. I’ve had second sock syndrome before and I know there’s at least one knitting rug lurking at the bottom of my stash. Arg….guilt! 🙂

    • Oooo, second sock syndrome.. I’m suffering that right now with a pair of leg warmers! Hopefully this blanket is finished soon. I have 2 baby blankets on my agenda though so those take precedence!

  2. They’re beautiful colours, I don’t see what you’re worrying about! I’m currently trying to find the urge to finish my Ravenclaw Scarf, but its the biggest thing I’ve ever done, and with exams I’ve got no time. Sometimes things that make you happy are put on the back burner for other things you require…. hmph.

  3. If I had seen those yarns in balls separately, I wouldn’t have thought anything of them, but together, they really make each other pop! That’s a gift to pick up on that ^_~

    It’s going to be amazing! You could always make the stripes vertical and disguise your ends with tassels. The options are endless! Can’t wait to see the finished afghan! Go you! ^_~

    • I think that’s why I chose them to begin with. I wanted to make it as ugly as possible but turns out it’s actually very attractive haha I’m planning on making a border around the whole thing and sewing the ends in that way. We’ll see!

  4. This looks fantastic so far!! Keep up the amazing work! Where did you find the pattern for this? I’d love to make one myself :]

  5. Just found you through craft gawker… I think this afghan is amazing! The color effects are really cool… I just taught myself to crochet and am hungrily soaking up “eye candy”. Adding you to my new list of ones to follow 🙂

  6. I started a blanket over ten years ago now that is still only 2/3 completed..don’t feel bad..it happens to all of us! I love your colors too..Even though you were trying to go “ugly” they compliment each other and look great!

  7. I absolutely love your blanket. I love the colors you used, and I also think you have pretty feet. I always notice people’s feet because mine are so funky and crooked after a botched surgery. This doesn’t look difficult just time consuming. Would you mind giving me the patter?

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