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!