It started in January of 2011. Not one to follow crochet patterns, I found one in a book that I liked. The afghan in the book was a solid color but I loved the idea of stripes in different shades of blue and gray. I started working on it earnestly for a few weeks. Then I stopped for a few months. Then the cycle would ebb and flow --- determination to finish it, followed by boredom and the need for smaller projects. Off and on, off and on...it has been an endless cycle.
Well, no more! I will finish it in 2013 no matter what --- no matter what being that I may be finishing it up just as my friends and family are kissing and clinking glasses while the ball drops to usher us into 2014. Finished it will be though -- I'm serious. No really, I am.
It's kind of pretty, right? I was very ambitious to make my first non-baby blanket a rather large one.
Initially I was going to make it as a gift for someone - maybe a friend or family member.
The longer I let this process go, I started to think, "Whoever gets this as a gift better LOVE it!"
As this continued, I started to reduce the list of giftees to the people who I think would really love it. People who would be so touched that tears would come to their eyes and all of my work and procrastination would pay off at once. Self-centered, I know, but a labor of love like this becomes very important to the laborer.
Now I'm thinking of just keeping it for myself. I can wrap up in it and remember the journey to finish this mammoth thing. My husband says I can definitely never sell it because I would have to charge too much money just to feel like my labor paid off and not end up irritated and convinced that the stranger who purchased my blanket just threw it in a closet one day and left it to wither. I can't do that to you, Blanket.
All joking aside, I am quite proud of how it looks. The crochet pattern is different than what I've done before and I am still in love with the stripes and colors. It's soft and warm and will be wonderful to cuddle under before year's end. I need to finish it this year -- for my own sense of accomplishment. I also need it as a reminder the next time I decide to tackle a large crochet project.
My neverending blanket will have an end, darn it! Even Bastian and Atreyu found an ending and so can I!