Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Giving Birth To A Crochet Blanket







Making crochet blankets is one of the most satisfying crochet projects but also one of the most time consuming... For me, making a blanket is a bit like being expecting. It is a long process from conception to actual delivery and the milestones along this long road are many...

At the very beginning, when those first stitches are done, a square or two or a few rows are made, I'm overly excited and shine of energy and desire to work on it. I carry my project around with me, everywhere. It soon starts to show its potential, growing in size. From not showing at all to being a plump project sticking out of my bag in cafés and public places. Somewhere midway something happens with the blanket. It stagnates for a bit. It sits. I work hard, the days are passing by but it just doesn't seem to grow... At all! It is adding on weight but nothing really shows. And then suddenly it explodes and shows itself in full! Bang! It is big! At this point it is an arm full to carry around, does not fit into a bag or a basket. It is a bit of a pain to move around with, needless to say, and I don't really show it in public. I stay at home, cuddled up in the sofa with the big "blanket bump" on my lap.  And this is when you know it is almost ready. You are so close. There are only a question of days if not just hours before it is ready to come alive. You add more stitches, fasten off ends, collect your snippets of yarn scraps... But these last days seem to go on forever... The due date is near but still so far far away...

The edging. That last little bit that has to fall into place. Feel right. Feel perfect. Be the cherry on the cake. Or not. Simple or frilly. Multi colored or plain. Ideas are brewing. Trials are many. You unravel. Try something new. Let it sit. Try to ignore it in hope that maybe, just maybe, the perfect edging idea will hit at night when you're fast asleep and you will go into labor, followed by a quick and pain free delivery and that precious blanket will finally enter this world in completion.

Well, I'm over due. I should have been induced a long time ago but I like natural birth so I've declined... This last developing stage is taking its time and well, I guess I just have to wait until it come to me. I know it will. Sooner or later. Actually, it is not a big deal. I will love it no matter what it looks like. It will always be precious to me. Because I made it, carried it, nurtured it and shaped it with every stitch. It is my creation to be unconditionally loved forever and ever. Even without an edging if it chooses to.


Kärlek
Annette


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35 comments :

  1. What a fabulous way of describing the process.

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  2. It is beautiful. Looks so calming.
    blessings, jill

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  3. Lovely post, lovely blanket...

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  4. What a lovely blanket! Beautiful colors! Quite a delivery, but the result is gorgeous!

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  5. I love this analogy! It so describes the blanket making process as I feel it too, and what a pretty blanket yours is going to be. I'm struggling with a blanket (a gift) at the moment, in a colourway I'm really not fond of and Oh boy, it's hard work. This is going to be the longest gestation period a blanket could ever have!

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    1. Hi Jacqui
      Oh no! That is the hardest WiP... When it just doesn't sing to you while completing the stitches. Stick with it. Make one row, one square at the time. You'll get there. And reward yourself big time when you're finished. You can do it.
      Xxx

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  6. What a marvelous analogy Annette, and what a gorgeous blanket. It is already looking great and I know you will come up with a super edge for it in your own time, you always do. I am very keen on duck egg blue myself right now and look forward to doing something with it soon. In the meantime I have to finish one I started for my sister in law which is at the just beginning to show stage. Thanks for letting us see yours unfinished.

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    1. Hi Fran
      Thank you so much! Edging is on the roll now... So excited. I'm almost - ALMOST there. Just waiting for some yarn to arrive in the mail so I can finish. Thanks for popping in today. Good luck with your "baby". :)
      Xxx

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  7. P.s Do you not think that maybe it is finished as I certainly thought it was when I first started reading x

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    1. Naaaahhh... It needs a pop. And a squeeze. And just a little something extra. I got my plan in action now. ;)
      Xxx

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  8. Oh ki querida Annette! Amo hacer mantas, siempre hay un en mi bolsa! Y no es porque la necesite,aunque nunca son suficientes! Me siento totalmente idendificada con tus palabras.
    Es muy linda tu manta! Y los colores son preciosos!
    Abrazo Vicky Dc.

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  9. IT is beautiful and worth the wait to see it all completed in it's glory.

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  11. Amiga você arrasa no crochê.Parabéns.Beijo.Valéria.

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  12. I love your crochet comparison to birthing...so accurate! I always think that my completing something is a miracle..crochet or kids! LOL

    Love your blog posts!

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    1. THANK YOU! So true. Happy to hear you enjoy my blog. Thanks for visiting today.
      Xxx

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  13. You always do such a lovely job of choosing colors. I find this to be the hardest part.

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    1. Thank you.
      Hmmm.... Colors can be tricky. Often it comes naturally for me but sometimes I really struggle. Flowers, fabric and art inspires me a lot, just like photography. I often pick colors out of what I visually see in something that hits my heart. Most of the time that works. Give it a go.
      Thanks for visiting.
      Xxx

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  14. Loved this, especially the last part about unconditionally loving it because you created every stitch. Made me feel very happy about all the things I have made too. xxx

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    1. Hi
      Thank you. And yes, the last few words makes you feel happy... Well at least they make me and you happy. :)
      Thanks for popping in here today. Enjoy your projects!
      Xxx

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  15. I love the colors you've chosen for this blanket, especially the border color.

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    1. Thank you! Duck egg blue or green or what ever you may call it never fails to deliver. I love it!
      Xxx

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  16. What a lovely blanket and as you describe the process is hugely recognizable! But what a magnificent result also beautiful pictures!
    Congratulations on the birth of this beautiful blanket..!

    Greetings Marijke from Holland

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    1. Thank you Marijke
      So happy to hear you enjoyed today's read. I have really enjoyed the make of this baby, I love it to bits and I'm just on the last few rows now.
      Xxx

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  17. It is beautiful and the colors are gorgeous. Cheryl

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  18. Congrats on another creative creation!

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  19. It's lovely Annette, that greyish blue colour is perfection. I shall look forward to seeing its arrival very soon. CJ xx

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  20. tan bien descripto,exactamente igual me ocurre con mis mantas,bendiciones

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  21. I love this analogy. It has been a while since I crocheted a blanket. I have too many other projects in the works, but I know that I will be itching to start another one sometime soon.

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  22. Writing at it's best as usual. I do love reading your blog, it makes me smile and be happy
    Hugs Julie xx

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Kärlek
Annette

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