Oh, how my tummy ached last week when working on this project. Not because it's such a difficult pattern (the ripple stitch is fabulous) and not because I didn't like the colors afterall, but because I ran out of three colors of yarn, just before finishing my project. If you would've asked me last week, I would've told you I was pretty sure this project would end up on the 'nice try, but never gonna happen' pile. I mean, we all have a bag with such projects stashed somewhere in the back of a closet. Don't we?
De winkel waar ik mijn wolletjes had gekocht was dicht wegens vakantie en ook internet bracht weinig soelaas. Ik begin hem echt wel even te knijpen. Als een haak- of naaiproject vertraging oploopt, met de grote kans op het 'van uitstel komt afstel' syndroom, leg ik het project altijd weg op een plek dat ik er niet de hele tijd naar hoef te kijken. In de logeerkamer ofzo. Want als het echt in het zicht zou liggen, ligt het je de hele toch zo sneu aan te kijken. 'Wanneer maak je me af?', 'Ben je me vergeten?', 'Joehoe, hier lig ik!'. En om eerlijk te zijn: ik heb al genoeg schuldgevoelens. Ik ben per slot van rekening van het vrouwelijke geslacht. Dus.
The shop where I had bought my yarn was closed due to a summer vacation and I really couldn't find what I was looking for online either. I was really worrying. Whenever I have to pause a sewing or crochet project, there's a bigger than average chance that I will never pick it up again. That's why I put those 'pause' projects away at a place where I don't have to see them all the time, like in the guest room. If I'd keep them laying around in the livingroom, they'd just keep staring at me. And giving me looks saying 'When are you finishing me already?', 'Did you forget about me?', 'Well hello, here I am. Still.' And frankly: I am dealing with enough guilt as it is. I mean, I am female afterall.
Maar ik wilde de deken toch koste wat kost afmaken. Ik plaatste zelfs een oproepje op Twitter en overwoog de fabrikant smeekbeden per e-mail te sturen om te vragen of zo voor één keer (alsjeblieft!) een uitzondering wilden maken en de drie bolletjes willen opsturen? Gelukkig bleek digitaal stalken niet nodig. Mijn wolwinkel ging open, de bolletjes waren op voorraad en 's avonds werd er als de sodemieter door gehaakt.
But I wasn't having it. I just wanted to finish the job I started. So I asked around on Twitter and even contemplated e-mailing the producer of the yarn and ask him if he'd make an exception and not only sell bulk to retailers but to (pretty pretty please, with extra nuts on top) send me the three balls of yarn. But lucky for me, cyber stalking wasn't necessary as my wool shop opened again this week, they had my yarn in stock and the same night I started to hook like there was no tomorrow.
And it's finished! Isn't that great? I am so chuffed. This blanket is 26 inch wide and 33.5 inch long and available in my shop. After my last post I got the question what I used to hook this blanket (apart from my hands and a crochet hook, obviously). I think I mentioned it, it's Lammy No.1 mostly and the minty green is Bravo. Questions about what yarn I use always make me smile. Because it's not like I am using very special and uncommon yarn or something. For me, the most important thing is that all the colors you want to use have the same weight more or less. It also helps if they're all made from the same material. If the wrapping says they can all be crocheted on the same hook, then you got yourself some winner yarns I say! By the way, I've already started a new blanket! I just couldn't help myself. Though I hope I get to finish this one without the yarn dramas.