I have been crocheting up a storm whenever I have a free non-comatosed moment. Yesterday I had the chance to spend a random evening in the Marina. It was beautiful after a week of stinking heat in L.A. The sea lions were barking loudly and Mika was pulling my hair when I took this shot. Ah the peace afforded by yarn crafts ….
I’ve been plugging away at Aiman’s basic granny square blanket and am now a little over half way done! It hasn’t got a lot of bells and whistles, but I think its going to suit Aiman just fine. I used cheap acrylic yarn from JoAnn’s since I didn’t want to spend a fortune on what is essentially a practice blanket, but now I wish I had spent a little more money because the acrylic seriously dries out my hands and also splits like crazy. Ah well, the blanket will be super sturdy and warm which is perfect for a whirl-wind 6 year old who is constantly cold. Side note – Aiman wears fleece pajamas to bed in the middle of our Southern California summers. I just … I don’t understand it. I could sleep in an ice pack and still be dying for air conditioning.
I was mixing in some work on my on-going shawl on days I didn’t feel like crocheting, but now I just want to get the thing done so that I can … wait for it … make a blanket for Sofia too. And I want to get them both done before Christmas! And I’m not going to make anything that isn’t this adorable circle blanket that probably would take a normal person 6.5 years to complete (though my blanket is going to be about half the size of the one pictured below so maybe only 3.25 years then?) I’m a glutton for punishment. The woman who made this blanket used cotton yarn. Any thoughts on whether that will cause my hands to bleed? Will I be hating life come November?
On a medical note, all of the crocheting hurts my forearms in a way knitting never does. I think it is the twisting motion required of crochet. I can’t decide if I’m developing carpel tunnel syndrome or if my arms are just sore from all the extra work I am putting in. Check back in a month and I’ll let you know if I’m wearing arm braces yet. Taking a break is clearly not an option.
Joining up with the Yarn Along.