I've wanted to make Eisley a blanket for ages. I actually ended up making a small blanket's worth of granny squares last year, only to procrastinate actually connecting them…and now I'm at the point of not even wanting to do it because it's been so long. (I'm not even going to think about how much I spent on that yarn—even though I bought all of it using Michael's 40% off coupons...week after week after week.)
So, as I continued to ignore that box o' granny squares…I felt the need to start another project. I had three colors of yarn that I loved together, so I sat down earlier this week and randomly started making this blanket. It's the first time I've switched colors in crochet, so I was ridiculously proud about figuring it out. I wish I would have just done the first blanket in this style, which is essentially just one big granny square. Much, much easier (and completely addictive, if I do say so myself).
I thought I'd share a few photos here, because I love when other people share their in-progress projects. I'm actually toying with the idea of making a bunch of these for my shop. I'm trying to figure out if something like that would even be worth the time and money, so I'm calculating the cost and time that I will be putting into this blanket. I never think to make notes like these, so hopefully this will give me a better idea of how long this project will actually take! (And what I would have to charge in order to sell them and make any sort of profit.)
All the following photos show the blanket as it looked on Wednesday morning, after about 6 1/2 hours of crocheting (all over the span of three days, after Eisley was in bed, and while watching an embarrassing amount of Friends reruns):
I'm thinking that it may be time to invest in something other than paper clips to hold my spot. Maybe? Maybe.
For some reason, these photos are making the yellow look rather pumpkin-y, but it's more of a mustard-yellow shade in person. Come to think of it, I need to run by the store soon to pick up some more of this yarn, because I only had one of each color on hand when I started this blanket. (Let's cross our fingers that I can find more, otherwise this may end up being the fanciest doll blanket of all time.)
And as a side note, for those of you who want to learn to crochet, do it. I totally recommend it. This blanket is being made with only two simple stitches: single crochet and double crochet. You can get crochet hooks and yarn for super-cheap at any craft store (we even have them at our local dollar store), then scour the internet for tutorials to teach yourself! Pinterest, blogs, YouTube, anywhere. I'm a leftie, so it took a bit more time trying to figure it out (most tutorials are for right-handed folks), but if I can do it, so can you. I've checked out a bunch of books on crochet from the library, and that is another way to learn through step-by-step photos and simple projects.
I know I've said it before, but there's something about crocheting that is so calming. I like that it's something that I can pick up and work on whenever I have a few minutes to myself, and it gives me such a feeling of accomplishment with only a little effort here and there. Part of me doesn't even mind that this blanket may not be done for a couple weeks…it's nice to always have something I love to work on. I keep looking at this blanket, thinking, How the heck did I make this with yarn and a hook? Mind blown.
There's something to be said for handicrafts. So satisfying. And when you're working on something like this, it's like a tiny little escape.