Remember I told you I had to finish a shawl (that I will probably never wear) before starting a new crochet project?
Well, it’s done.
I blocked it on the floor over a yoga mat and a bath mat – as one does –
-then I gave it to my ‘me’ mannequin to model it for you as it was Sunday morning and I hadn’t yet bothered to get dressed and, while wearing a shawl over a floaty summer dress, jacket or coat might work, wearing one over a nightie would just make you look like an old lady so I didn’t even go there.
She may be ‘accessorised’ in this way for some time to come although I might wear it as a scarf.
I did try to put tassels on the three points for scarf wearing purposes but my hand made ones didn’t look right so they came off again.
Still, crochet shawl made, at least that’s another ‘project in my head’ that has come to fruition and a ball of relatively expensive yarn used instead of stored away and contributing to stash overload.
So, I was now free to start the Nature’s Walk crochet along designed by Cherry Heart and organised by Black Sheep Wools.
Eight squares a week doesn’t sound like much really but, when you have as many other non-crochet projects on the go as I do, I found myself struggling a bit.
I made the test swatch whilst waiting for the yarn to arrive as I had used Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn before so had a bit left. I am obviously a loose crocheter because I have had to drop at least one recommended hook size depending on the square in order to obtain the correct size. The test square had little hearts on it so I’m hoping to use that design later on in the blanket or in another project.
As this is called ‘Natures Walk’ and, with the colour of the yarn pack I bought being called ‘Wild Hedgerow’, the ‘nature’ theme for the squares is revealed as the patterns are released,
This one is called ‘Gates’ for which I had to drop down to a 2.5mm hook.
This one is ‘Butterflies’ which I managed with a 3mm.
If you bought your yarn pack from Black Sheep Wools they issue you with a bonus square each week so you do four of the ‘ordinary’ one and four of the bonus one. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth from those who aren’t getting the bonus squares but I guess it’s a marketing ploy by BSW which is obviously working. Although, the bonus squares will be released in January on Ravelry for free so patience will be rewarded.
The current week’s squares are called ‘Wheat’ and ‘Berries’ and, if I manage to get them all finished, I’ll show you those next time. I bet you can hardly wait.
So, will I won’t I? It doesn’t really matter does it? Some people only crochet and don’t do dressmaking or quilting or other crafting so they can whizz along. Some people are at work all day or are wrangling small children so simply haven’t got as much time as others might have. Some people do housework. Whether I manage to stick with the schedule or not – I’m enjoying learning new patterns and there are plenty of people still waiting for their yarn to arrive and haven’t even started yet so I won’t be alone if I lag behind. Nobody’s waiting on me to finish and there are no prizes. I refuse to feel pressured when there’s no need.
How do you feel about CALs, QALs, WhateverALs? Do you like them? Do you feel incentivized or under pressure. I must admit this is giving me a bit of a push to get on with it and not let it become a longtime WIP but I’m not going to let it stress me out.