My latest obsession

As usual, I have got far too many projects on the go at the same time. I have deep admiration for anyone who will not start a new project before they’ve finished the current one but know that I will never be one of those people. My excuse is that I need different projects for different circumstances. I always take knitting or crochet with me wherever I go and so need at least one portable project that doesn’t require deep concentration for when I’m out and about.

We were performing at a couple of music events (I also play bodhran in a folk band) and so I wanted a nice, simple project to take with me to work on whilst listening to the other performers. I had a browse on Ravelry (my go-to site for inspiration) and came across Joy’s Journey – a simple but effective crochet blanket pattern designed by Dedri Uys. This is a continuous square blanket which is worked in a spiral and, my word, is it addictive? I just can’t put it down.

I started off using Rico Melange DK in colour 02 and am using a 4.00mm hook rather than the 6.00mm recommended by Dedri so think mine will come out as a firmer fabric. I was going great guns until I used up my first ball of wool and realised I didn’t have any more to hand! I could have continued with another colour but want to stick with this colourway for the whole blanket so, reluctantly, I put it to one side. However, by this time I was well and truly hooked so I started another one in Stylecraft Head over Heels, Fuji, this time with a 3.50mm hook.

This was the one that I took with me to Joules Yard in Market Harborough on Saturday night. It was such glorious weather that everyone was sitting outside and the group of people at the table next to us had a lovely dog with them. When it was our turn to perform, I put my crochet in my bag under the table. We had just launched into our first number when I saw the dog run off with my crochet in her mouth and the poor owner making frantic attempts to retrieve it!! She must have been a very gentle dog as my blanket is none the worse for its ordeal –  yet another example of the robustness of sock yarn!!

So my latest obsession means that I’ve now got two blankets on the go. I’ll be fine until both get too big to be portable and then I’ll have to find another project – any ideas?