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First FO of the year

First of all, Happy New Year to all of us! May this year bring us lots of happy crafting time!
I’m starting to get back to normal and I realized that there’s not much to show. What was I doing all those days? There was absolutely no knitting going on during the holidays, which is strange to me. I did managed to finish the crochet blanket, making it the first FO of the year:

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It measures 165 x 165 cm, and even thought most blankets are approximately this size or bigger, the first reaction of people around me was “It’s HUGE!”. Well it has to be big, otherwise it wouldn’t be very useful, right? Here’s one more pic with me on it:

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It’s made of cotton, so it’s heavier than one would guess. I haven’t measured it yet, but it surely weights more than 2 kg. This doesn’t bothers me, I don’t mind my blankets being heavy. What’s nice and cozy for me, others would describe as suffocating. Other benefit of using cotton is that it’s machine washable. Now I can’t wait the summer, to start using my new blanket.
As you can see, basically it’s an over sized granny square. So there’s very few skills required to make it, but you will need a lot of patience. One one hand, technically it can’t get any easier than this, and once you are done, you are done. On the other hand, this is not a project that will entertain you, that’s for sure, and managing it as it grows can be challenging. In my experience, the biggest challenge is not loosing the motivation. Handling a huge and heavy wip was easy for me; I either used it to cover my legs while sitting on a sofa or put it on a small coffee table while sitting on a chair, depending on my mood. I can’t tell you whether it’s better to crochet a blanket in pieces and sew them together or in one piece, probably it’s up to one’s preferences. I tend to avoid seams if it’s possible.
This project was a great stash buster. Speaking of that, I should reorganize my stash to see what I’m dealing with. This year I’m planning on using it up as much as possible and I’m proud of myself for leaving 2012 behind with less yarn than I entered in it. It’s not just about the stash, I’m trying to downsize the amount of stuff I own. For a person who lives in a small apartment and moves on a yearly basis it’s better to own less.

Cheers,
Mimi

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The week of big projects

I started this week with a big spaghetti sauce project, 15 portions of spaghetti sauce made at once for the winter to come.

It contains 15 kg of tomatoes (peeled…), 5 kg of onions (my eyes wont ever forget this), 2 kg of bell peppers, 1 kg of carrots, 90 cloves of garlic, 300 g of olives, 3 squashes and spices.
The blanket is growing slowly:

It measures 110 x 110 cm (44 x 44 in), and it’s quite frustrating that it takes ages to finish a round (4.4 m long at this point). I see why crafters prefer to make bazillion little granny squares and put them together. The other inconvenience is having a huge pile of fabric to deal with, and since it’s 40 C outside the blanket would make me pass out if I wouldn’t keep it on a table instead on my lap. This solution also helps me keep a good posture, since I tend to bend over my work.
I still don’t know how will it look like when finished, the color changes are improvised and depends on the amount of yarn I own in particular colors. Until now I have done 12 round of blue, [1 round variegated, 1 round blue] x 5, 1 round of white, 1 round of blue, 1 round of white, 12 rounds of blue, [1 round of white, 1 round of blue] x 2, 7 rounds of white. I plan to make 5 more rounds of white before the next color change.
The third big project is a vest knit from the biggest ball of yarn I ever owned:

It will be a heavily modified version of the Concordia Scarf by Sandra Dauven
We’ll see how that works out.
In other news, I seem to be the only target of all mosquitos living in the area, it drives me crazy.

Cheers,
Mimi

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