Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Ahead of myself

That's what I'm doing apparently. Getting ahead of myself. In my defence, this is the opinion of someone who doesn't crochet or knit. What do they know hey?! Nothing, that's what!!!

Well, that's not completely true, but it's fair to say that people who don't crochet or knit just don't understand the yarn love that one develops. It can easily turn into a slight obsession, and there's nothing wrong with that (unless of course you're spending all your money on it and can't afford to feed your children at the end of the month - bad knitter). So anyway, even though I've been extremely careful, trying not to buy any yarn unnecessarily, I seem to have accumulated a few odd balls over the last couple of years. I've had to rein in this yarn love of mine for two reasons: I don't earn much money and (direct consequence) I live in a small flat with limited storage space. Oh, actually, make that three reasons: I have a boyfriend. Enough said. So I guess this next project of mine is actually a good one because it involves using up about 90% of my acrylic yarn collection. Yes yes yes, you'll have guessed, I'm embarking on another crochet blanket! And urghm, yes, I haven't finished the last one yet. But that's ok, that's ok, I promise!!!

You see, it's all about Forward Planning. I enjoy crochet and knitting so much, if I haven't got something in mind for when I finish my current project, I feel like I'm in limbo. Whereas now, the second I finish Caerphilly, I can start on Arc en Ciel.

Why the Arc en Ciel (rainbow for those of you with limited French vocabulary ;-) )? Well, you see the two purple balls of yarn, the two green ones and the little orange one lurking at the back? They were all purchased from a lovely gentleman running a yarn shop in Toulouse. It is indeed a little souvenir from my French summer holiday. And the alternative being a reference to Wilkinsons',  which is where the rest of the yarn comes from, isn't so appealing, don't you agree?! Actually, that's a lie. I do plan on using up some blue yarn (about 6 balls) that I inherited from my nan. It's about 15 years old and dates back to a time when she attempted to teach me to knit and I pretended to knit my mum a scarf for a birthday (I say pretend because nan ended up knitting it really, I lost interest...). So I think it's quite legitimate for this blanket to be branded French.

So there, this will be a lovely colourful zigzaggy blanket (yes, in proper Attic 24 ripple style!!), to be taken on next year's camping holidays. Camping holidays?! Yes, we are now the proud owners of a comfy tent, and I fully intend on making the most of it when the weather gets better again!!! A warm blanket will be a great addition to our holidays, especially one that can be thrown in the washing machine when we get home!


The Girl said...

It's totally allowable to be planning the next thing before you've finished the last. Otherwise you finish something and end up pining and wandering around like a lost soul while you try to decide what to do next.

Good luck with the rippling, I just can't seem to get the hang of it and am about to give up altogether.

(I got some French wool too!)

Jill said...

I'm with you on the whole 'Yarn Love' thing - I just love to look at it and touch it, and can't wonder passed a yarn shop or haberdashery without stopping by their yarn (and now fabric) department.

What a great name for your new project - I love it, and the colours are beautiful.

I'm thinking that some of those colours would make a great crocheted scarf, like the one Vanessa created over at Do you mind if I knit blog - I love that colourful scarf.

Jill x

Liz said...

It might be "getting ahead of yourself" if you'd *bought* all new yarn for this project. As it is it's just good forward destash planning.

mooncalf said...

Good grief - I am easily planning 20 projects ahead of myself.

Planning one ahead is enviable moderation!

Diane said...

I too am looking forward to next years camping - its the only thing that gets me through the winter!! xxxxx

The Girl said...

Also. I cannot BELIEVE you just called my precious toad a plastic penis. Shameful. He's terribly upset about the whole thing.

The Curious Cat said...

Ooo rainbow blanket...exciting times ahead! I am literally just practising the knit stitch and the purl stitch...but isn't knitting meant to be relaxing? I'm concentrating so much I'm getting neck strain and it certainly isn't helping my RSI...hmm....will not give up though! xxx

Heather said...

lovely colours! They'll look great as a ripple. Planning projects in advance is great, I love thinking about what I'm going to be making next :-) xxxxx