With my intention for the year set on finishing more projects than I start, I found that when it came time to make a choice from the array of unfinished projects at my disposal, I had an embarrassingly large number to choose from.
Did I want to work on legwarmers? a shawl? a tote? a big rug? a bag intended to be used for travel? my long dormant great-granny square?
I ended up playing it safe and going with vanilla.
First it was the textured squares afghan from Maggy Ramsay’s book, Magic Motif Crochet.
Yesterday I rounded up 16 of the 64 small, textured squares I will need to complete the project as I envision it, and then made 8 more for a total of twenty-two small, textured squares. I used 20 of those squares to make five medium squares which were formed by joining four of the small squares into five 2×2 arrays.
Today, I made two more of the small squares bringing the total to 24. I then joined the four squares that were at loose ends into a 2×2 array, and I then took the six 2×2 arrays and joined them into a piece that was 8×12 squares just to see how it would look:
What I discovered from this additional joining is that some of the design elements are lost when the border of additional textured rows is eliminated.
So I set the textured squares aside turned my attention to the 101 Crochet Squares crochet-along I am part of. I really don’t want to get any further behind, so I decided that I would try to finish one square before sunset which would at least stop me from falling further behind for one week.
In looking through the options of “squares I had not done”, I settled on Square 17 because it borrows heavily from the Irish crochet tradition, and that tradition lends itself to off-white and natural color yarns which is exactly what I had at my side. I didn’t even have to change hooks. In just over half-an-hour’s time, I had finished the square seen here:
Tomorrow my son’s vacation from school ends, and with it, my vacation from getting up at way-too-early o’clock. By the time the sun rises, I will probably be on my second cup of coffee. Hopefully, I will be refreshed and ready to begin tackling this embarrassment of riches so that when 2013 rolls around, I get to set a new intention.
Video Tutorial: How to make the crochet textured square/magic motif