In an effort to keep the amount of supplies I have equal to if not less than the amount of space I have to store them, I would say I am on a constant quest to create things that use up a stash, whether that's yarn stash or fabric stash. I have lots of both. I don't think I have TONS of both, but I would say I keep a very healthy stash of supplies in my life. That said, the whole idea of a having a stash of anything really kind of bothers me — so this feeling is in conflict with my reality. Because in general I do not want to have things that I don't use, whether that's kitchen utensils, books, clothes, or fabric and yarn. I don't consider myself a collector. I only want what I need and what I will use. The minute I feel any amounts of craft supplies bubbling over I can almost concurrently feel myself starting to twitch, and I begin designing something that will use up the odds and ends. So, a square-y, Hipstamatic-inspired crocheted patchwork blanket. Eighteen 3 1/4" squares done, one hundred and seventeen to go. I want that stash busted.
By the way, I keep meaning to answer a question that comes up every time I talk about blocking crochet or knitting. The question is, "Do you have to re-block every time you wash that thing?" And the answer is yes. For whatever weird reason, this has never bothered me. (Yet.) I sort of consider blocking to be one of those oddly satisfying little jobs in life. I almost never think, "Oh dang it, I have to go and block something today!" I almost always think, "Oooo, I get to block something today!" I don't know why. Just, weird like that. I wanted to block all of these patches for some reason I can't remember now. You don't have to block them before you stitch them together, necessarily, but you can, and I just felt like it.
There is so much going on in the house here today it's crayayayzy. Dan the electrician is here now, moving the big ceiling fan from the dining room to the upstairs bedroom. He is finished installing the two new lights over the dining room table and the light in the downstairs hallway.
I don't think I am going to write a pattern for that other stripey blanket that I made after all. I finished it, and I kind of liked the way it all came out, but I feel like I have kind of a creative backlog starting to happen in my life and that's bugging me. With spring coming, I think I need to remember to just keep moving forward and not get stuck. I think I like this new color-square-y blanket better, anyway, so I will write this one up instead. It's simple but it has a few quirks I should explain in a pattern. Onward. Andy and I also want to start a new project together, where I design an embroidery kit and he does the silk-screening to transfer the design to the fabric. I already have the design I want to use; now I just need to stitch it up. Can't decide if it should be crewelwork (with wool thread) or regular embroidery floss. Any preferences? It'll be a kit so we'll provide all the stuff. I'm kinda leaning toward crewel.
I got massively spammed here on the blog over the weekend, so I have reluctantly added one of those things where you have to type in the fake word before your comment appears so that the computer knows you aren't a robot. It solved the problem immediately so I'll probably leave it there, but I am sorry for the extra step!