WIP: Temperature-Mood Blanket Update and Quick Little Granny Hex Pattern
Do you ever have one of those experiences where you make this great plan and launch into things without really thinking of just how....BIG they're going to get?
I do! All. The. Freaking. Time.
My temperature-mood blanket has unfortunately been no exception to my proportional ignorance. If you will recall from my previous post, I had elected to use Johanna Lindahl’s adorable Wind Flower Hexagon as the geometric unit for my year-long project. So as 2018 began, I ended each day with a brief analysis of my emotional state(s) of the preceding 24 hours, a quick check up on my local meteorological website, and duly whipped up a corresponding floral patch. It honestly took me until the first week of February to realize that my growing pile of greater-than-palm-sized motifs were going to make one obnoxiously large blanket.
I know. For shame. Would this have happened if I had just done some quick measurements first? Such is my artistic process.
I sat on my size dilemma for a few weeks, trying to determine if I should trudge on and end up with a gigantic room-cozy, or if it would be better to rip up everything and start over. I continued to track my mood, noting the extra stress my unanticipated blunder was bringing me. As the month progressed, panic set in. I had to act quickly or ditch the project altogether, because I would never catch up on my backlog.
I took my crochet-crisis to my BOSS, as I so often do these days (I am so lucky she is a both a needlecraft artist and an exceptional strategist!). I shoved aside our plans for our weekly professional debrief, and spilled out my woes. She observed me with her usual calm demeanor as I blabbered;
“I just don’t know what to do! I’ve done a whole month’s work of work already, and it would just be so depressing to take it all apart! But I can’t keep going on this scale, the finished blanket would be bigger than my living room! Not to mention how much yarn I would have to buy to keep up with it. Who can afford that? I might not even like how it turns out! Should I just let it slide quietly into the realm of unfinished projects and never mention it again? What does that say about me? I quit when I don’t know what to do? This is like my whole art degree all over again!”
She sat quietly behind her desk, cupping her cat-faced coffee cup.
“This whole project was supposed to be a stupid, simple New Year’s resolution. I can’t be wasting my time fretting about this, I’ve got a wedding dress to finish. There isn’t enough time in the day. Can’t we just quit our jobs and be crochet and knitting rockstars? I mean, we could.”
She tilts her hear forward and gives me a look over the brim of her mug.
“Maybe I should just take it apart….I guess. It’s only been a month, that’s like 1/12th of a project. That’s nothing. Maybe I could like…redesign the hexagon so it’s tinnier. I should be doing that anyways, I call myself an artist. Hah. Actually, that might work…and I could include a solid colour border around all of the pieces, so that it looks more consistent when I sew them together. Yeah! And I could unravel all the ones that I made already, and use the yarn over, so that’s sustainable. Yeah, I like it. That would be cute. Ok. That’s what I’ll do. Thank you!”
She smirks her agreement as she takes a sip of her coffee. She had somehow just guided me through my own dilemma without even saying a word. Thank goodness she’s such a patient person!
So I am back on the temperature-mood blanket train, a month behind, but catching up quickly. Did I learn a lesson? Well…I am reluctant to restrain my creative process to the shackles of measurements and gauge checks (although this is a tried and true practice for most needlecraft professionals). It’s not that I’m adverse to structure, not at all, its more that I thrive on the unknowns of my craft. Maybe its simply that I learn my lessons best by repeating them. Over and over and over again.
Quick poll! Are you one of those clever people who consistently does a gauge check before anything else? Or are you more liable to let fate decide the outcome of your craft? Please share your answer in the comment section below! Supporting arguments are also highly encouraged.
My pattern for a Quick Little Granny-Hex (uses 3 colours):
Make a magic loop using colour A.
Ch2 (counts as first dc). Dc 11 times more in the loop. Slip stitch to your first dc.
Ch2 (counts as first hdc). 2 hdc in the same stitch. Ch2 and skip a stitch. *3 hdc in the next stitch. Ch2 and skip a stitch.* Repeat until end of round. Slip stitch to your first hdc. Bind off and switch colours.
Draw up a loop of colour B in any of your ch2 spaces. Ch2 (counts as first dc), then 2dc in the same space. Ch2 and then 3dc in the same chain space. *3dc in the next ch2 space, ch2, 3dc in the same space* Repeat until end of round. Slip stitch to your first dc. Bind off and switch colours.
Work this round in the back loop only. Draw up a loop of colour C in any stitch. Ch1 and then sc around. Slip stitch to your first ch. Bind off.