So far in 2017 I’ve finished two blankets! First it was the hexagon blanket finished in January. And now A Box of Crayons Blanket crocheted using Lucy’s Neat Ripple pattern for Elliot, my youngest grandchild, which I completed in February … on February 28 to be exact.
This blanket reminds me of a box of crayons with all those bright colors!
Elliot was born in July 2015. I began a blanket for him when he was only a few months old and then laid it aside, distracted by other projects. It kept calling to me, but I kept ignoring the calls as I was continually side-tracked with other projects. I had lost interest in my original plan. Each solid granny square was to have two colors only; the first three rounds as a circle of one color and the three final rounds of the square worked in another color. But then I got hung up at the thought of sewing together all those squares.
After Christmas I determined it was high time to finish these unfinished projects. 2017 would be the year of Finished Projects! And once I finished the hexagon blanket I turned my attention to Elliot’s blanket.
Once I gave up on the granny squares it was only natural to go for a proven winner, Lucy’s Neat Ripple.
I had already made a ripple blanket for Elliot’s older brother Peter several years ago and still had quite a bit of yarn left over, plus I picked up more when a local yarn shop went out of business. It was hard to resist the scrumptious Plymouth Encore yarn at almost half price! This yarn is so soft and the range of colors just goes on and on!
In early February I determined that come what may I would finish Elliot’s blanket before March 1. And I did!
Sitting on the blanket is Mr. Bear, a long time member of our family. I made him for my son Michael when he was about five years old, almost 24 years ago. He looks pretty good considering how old he is, don’t you think? It could have something to do with the fact that Mr. Bear sat on a shelf or a dresser most of the time and try as he did he just couldn’t convince Michael to play with him much. Unfortunately for Mr. Bear, Michael preferred Legos to just about anything else. He even slept with his Lego creations as other children might sleep with soft, handmade bears. You never know what a child will love and what he will mostly ignore! Consequently, Mr. Bear is in tip top shape! And he loves being a prop sitting on the Box of Crayons Blanket.
At the moment I am working on unfinished blanket number 3 with high hopes of finishing it before the end of March. We shall see. Hopefully, I won’t get side-tracked before completing it. This particular blanket is the oldest of the unfinished blanket projects having begun it in 2013. I think it’s high time it was finished, don’t you?
Do you have any unfinished blankets (or other projects) you’re determined to complete in 2017?
I’m guessing you might!