Last year I took on a 12 in 12 challenge. The goal was to approach 12 types of projects that had previously intimidated me. I mostly succeeded. The brightest success that involved the most blood, sweat, and tears, though, was my 2012 blanket.
It took me forever. I hated it. I occasionally wanted to burn it. I swear that I remember having these thoughts and feelings, but now, a year after completing that project, all I can think about is how much I want a new blanket. I love the final results of my last one, and when it got chilly this week I pulled it out of the cupboard, spread it on my bed, and went out to buy some yarn.
The new blanket it coming along well. It’s the Fireside blanket pattern by Nancy Bush, and I’m making good progress. I’m aiming for a 6X5 blanket, which makes 30 squares. As of yet, the WIP hate hasn’t set in yet. If I finish it in the next few months it’ll make an excellent birthday present to myself. Until then, I’m making the best out of my early momentum. I’ve blocked the first batch of squares, and despite my suspicion about blocking acrylic, it turned out well. I read a tutorial that said the secret was to pin it into place and then spray block it. The results were exactly what I was hoping!
Do ever get scared about taking on big projects, or is it just me?