Then looking over in the large crochet basket, I'm reminded that I still need to finish Part 3 of the Mandala Madness CAL. I looked at what I had so far and I didn't feel inspired by it either. I'm still struggling with my sense of ambivalence about the colors I've chosen to work with.
While I'm not too sure about this project either, I'm pretty committed to at least seeing it through to a small child-size blanket. I'm choosing to look at it as an exercise in playing with color and hope for something fun - maybe even a bit whimsical when it's completed. Not feeling convinced, I suppose, I'd not been able to bring myself to work on it for most of last week. Let's hope I get some whimsy-vision going here. I need to not get too far behind...
Fearing I'm lapsing into a bit of dry spell where it comes to crochet inspiration, I'm thinking I just need to do something that doesn't require a great deal of thought, but on the other hand doesn't have a pattern that is so repetitive that it numbs the mind.
Looking on Ravelry for something that might fit what I need, I came across The Diamond Stitch Baby Blanket. What a lovely, simple design! It's proving to be pretty perfect for what I hope are just some temporary crochet doldrums. An almost elegant design that's just the right amount of challenge to keep me on my toes. Unfortunately, I'm learning this the hard way, as I've found myself several times needing to rip back to a place where I hadn't bothered to count, but for some reason didn't notice it until I was a few rows beyond my mistake. Clearly, I wasn't paying attention for a while.
There's no good reason why I'm not at least halfway into my second set of diamonds, except for my not paying attention, so hopefully now that I realize I can't "zone out" I will be more careful and get this whipped up pretty quickly. I'm using one of my favorite acrylics, Deborah Norville's Everyday yarn, though I think most crocheters (on Ravelry) have made this pattern out of a lighter worsted, Dk, or even sport weight yarn. As I searched my stash I found plenty of this wonderful shade of Orchid in worsted weight and I decided to go with it. So far it seems to be working very nicely.
To see what others are working on in their Year of Projects this spring, visit this week's thread on Ravelry. Come see what we're all about and consider joining us if it looks like fun. If you'd like to start when we begin a new YOP year, that happens on July 1st.
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