Hello? Is this thing on? Can you hear me? Is anybody out there?
How have you been? It's been another wee while, hasn't it?
Well, the stars are aligned: I have a project (sort of), there was some daylight (barely), so I took a few pictures (2) and even strung together a few words to accompany the pictures.
So on with it.
Last March, I started a crochet project that I'd been planning for at least a year prior to that. The yarn was bought at the Knitting and Stitching show of the preceding year and then sat and waited while I pondered, "What next?". You see, my heart was captured at first sighting of this afghan. I tried to talk myself into other Noro shades but it just wouldn't do, I was too far gone. I told myself starting at the same jumping off point wasn't a big deal as I could always shake things up by choosing different border colours but as time passed, I realised I was lying to myself: I LOVED that afghan exactly as is. But of all the colour options, the possible modifications, not to mention blindly following in someone else's footsteps (something I try hard to avoid)? I've long since made my peace with all that where this afghan is concerned. After all, isn't it often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
For those of you who don't interact with me on twitter, my crafting mojo was AWOL for most of 2013. I can't explain it; I just lost the will to create...to express myself artistically. On the rare occasions I forced myself to pick up a needle or hook - with the mind that all I had to do was push past the "blockade" - I got no satisfaction from making things. Don't get me wrong, 2013 was otherwise a good year: personally, emotionally, financially, in terms of adventures and friendships, health wise, in fact in every possible way, except crafting. But the blanket was started in March and throughout the year I would return to it from time to time: a circle here, a ball/20 circles there. Last night marked a milestone on my afghan journey
completion of the first phase. ALL 200 DISCS ARE DONE!
Today I arranged the discs by edge colour to make it easier to select one of three colours with which to square the circles. Below is how things stand thus far.
Needless to say, there's still
wiggle room for artistic license so don't be too surprised if things look a little different the next time you see the Chronograph afghan - yes, this is the name I've settled on following many rather unflattering (read downright offensive) alternatives which I may or may not share with you in time.
I must say, it's lovely to be back.