I've been working on a secret little project the past few weeks. And by secret, I mean that I just hadn't had a good opportunity to take pictures of it because it was raining a lot. And by little, I mean it will be big enough to cover a Cal King sized bed when it is finished. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet my newest crochet project: The Rainbow Bright Blanket.
The Rainbow Bright blanket is essentially a de-stash of all the random balls of worsted weight yarn I have hoarded over the years. I decided to do this project when I was cleaning/playing in my craft room and couldn't get the drawers of my little yarn dresser to close.* I realized: all those individual balls of yarn sitting there, with the potential yardage to make a hat each if they were lucky, weren't doing anyone any good. So, I decided to double crochet them all together into a stripey blanket. I started calling it The Rainbow Bright Blanket after my friend Tatiana showed me a photo of he de-stash blanket she had just completed and I told her I was making one too, and my blanket looked like Rainbow Bright barfed it up.
What I love about this project so far: Unless I make a horrible mistake that puts the structural integrity of the blanket in jeopardy, there is no ripping allowed in this project. No do-overs. No, "but, I am feeling really judgmental of myself today so I am going to retaliate by being super controlling over the color succession of stripes in this blanket I am making." I didn't even let myself rip the rows where I had accidentally been adding an extra stitch to each row. Those rows are a bit fatter than the others. I'm dealing with it, and crocheting on.
This project is not about following a pre-determined plan. It's about creating in the moment. It's about rolling with it. It's a metaphor for how I am encouraging myself to live my life: with less self judgement, with more intuitive confidence, and with more trust.
That being said, I am also considering adding a pretty border of white crocheted stars to cover each "rough" end when the stripes are done. Considering my current feelings about Stars, this feels more like it could be a crowning a beautiful finished project, rather than simply a cover up of the "fat rows" and messy edges. It will also work well with the whole Rainbow Bright idea. We'll see.
That's the important bit. We'll see.
*Wow. If you ever wonder whether I am a spoiled lady, just read that sentence over again. A craft room and a yarn dresser!?!? For Pete's sake...