Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ALERT!!! Rule Breaker Ahead!

I don’t really know how many “rules” there are in crocheting (other than having clean hands, but even that is just in good taste for the long term care of your hand made craft.)  You don’t have to use the yarn a pattern calls for, the size hook can vary depending on how tightly you crochet, you don’t even have to follow the pattern 100%.  You can even following these types of pattern “rules” and end up with something that looks NOTHING like the picture on the pattern! 

So why, you ask, am I this big rule breaker?

Well, I can’t for the life of me ever finish a project before moving on to the next!!  I seem to consistently do everything 96% of the way – like doing laundry, folding everything, and then leaving it all sitting in the living room instead of putting it away.  The hard work’s all done at that point – why quit so close to the finish line?

Okay…so weaving in ends is the worst part of finishing a crocheted project (similar to finding the motivation to do laundry) but I finished my Seaside Stripe blanket back on April 28th….yes, LAST MONTH, but I still haven’t had the patience taken the time to sit down and weave in my ends!  I actually used the blanket with tails flowing for 2 nights that weekend while watching TV – wouldn’t it have been easier to spend an hour finishing it and just be able to ENJOY the first blanket I’ve ever kept for myself?

Nope.  Instead I’ve done this in the past 9 days

Beachy Waves I’m calling it

I found the BEACHY yarn during a trip to JoAnn’s – it’s part of the Red Heart with Love line and I fell in LOVE with the shades of Beachy as soon as it caught my eye on the shelf.  The reminder of the yarn came from my stash (Vanna’s Choice in Linen for the “sand”, and regular ‘ole Red Heart for the “waves” and tan…I guess darker sand).  It’s growing on me as it gets bigger, Jonathan (a.k.a. my color consultant) thinks it looks really great so I’m taking his word on it until it’s bigger, and I too can see the beauty he’s already found in my Beachy Waves.

Someday soon I’ll finish my Seaside Stripe, and this guy…from JANUARY


  1. I'm with you! I hate weaving in the ends, so especially on rows of color changing, I weave them in as I go. That way, I crochet over the cut ends, and I don't have to think about them later.

    I LOVE the colors on your Beachy Blanket! Gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Mindy! I need to start doing that, especially if I plan to add a border at the end! I always pick the patterns that create the most "work" at the end too!!

  2. haha I am totally with you. Usually with blankets I crochet over though, so they disapear. I have a doily that I finished last year, but I haven't blocked or woven in ends yet. Whoops!

    1. I think I need to learn how to do this when changing colors on my next blanket!

  3. I have several stashbuster totes that I made, and am using...that still have unwoven tails!