I’ve been crocheting since I was 16 and in an extremely boring entrepreneurship class in high school (I don’t think entrepreneurship is boring at all, but the combination of bored students and a teacher who preferred showing us a lot of videos made for a pretty dry class). Since then, I’ve made countless hats, scarves, blankets, mittens, socks, and other fun treasures, but one thing has eluded me: stripes.
The only way I’ve made stripes in my creations was by cutting the yarn and tying on a new color, and that overall weakens the fabric I was creating, so this time I finally found an online tutorial that worked for me, and adapted it for the granny-square pattern I was currently working on. So far, so good!
I’ve been making a lot of baby blankets lately because of my many friends (and my sister-in-law!) getting pregnant, but I’ve really gotten bored of pastels, blue, and pink. Instead, I’ve been seeking really rich greens lately, for boys and girls: they are delicate even when they aren’t really a pastel hue, and children grow so quickly that you cannot help comparing them to other growing things in the world, like the many-colored plants in our gardens. Most new moms don’t complain about a handmade present, so I don’t know that people love it, but I have to imagine that all pink and all blue get quite boring. It also helps to work in greens when you aren’t sure what the gender of the baby will be!
What is your latest challenge if you do some kind of needlework? I find that I’ll make the same kind of blanket over and over if I don’t set goals for myself to try something new, like a zigzag pattern or some cabling. I don’t like working rigidly from patterns, so that limits my abilities, but new stitches are always exciting to me!