Saturday, October 22, 2016

Just a Weekend Project

  Since the baby blanket I've been working on is a for-sale pattern, I'm taking extra good care of it... And that means when dirt-scattering, coffee-spilling Rip van Winkle is home, I pack it up for safety. Not feeling like sitting on the floor to cut more material for my other projects, I decided to work on that blanket I started - You know, the one where I thought I would get a blanket out of one skein of Bernat Blanket?


  Yes, I bought more yarn to finish it. So, it's better to work on it than let perfectly good yarn sit around, right? While I dealt with more insomnia and Rip's snoring at the kitchen table, I sort of zoned out working on the simple granny rectangle. I came back to my senses as the end of the yarn slipped through my fingers. Wait, what? Something that wasn't even big enough to be a decent baby blanket suddenly looked like a lap throw!

yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet, granny rectangle


  Against what is advised for those with insomnia, I made a cup of coffee and grabbed another ball. (If you have this kind of insomnia, you know you're not sleeping, caffeine or not. Might as well have a cup and enjoy it while crocheting.) Fuzzy yarn euphoria, extreme exhaustion, and loud heavy metal all lent a hand in that next skein quickly disappearing, too.


yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet, granny rectangle


  And now, I have a project so big that it overlaps my dinner table. I wondered... It's pretty heavy as-is, should I keep working to make it bigger? Having a few empty labels nearby, I checked the washing instructions. No way I'm hand-washing this thing! Oh, good. It's machine washable and can be dried on low heat. Sigh. Yay!


yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet, granny rectangle


  Of course, my decision was stalled a bit by the rising of the sun... The brightening light looked so pretty on the fuzzy yarn, I just couldn't resist taking some artsy photos. Don't you want to jump into that softness and cuddle?


yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet, granny rectangle


  Okay, now to get on with crochet... I started the last ball, but I never paid attention to how many rounds I got from it. All I know is that I was in a crochet trance, and yarn kept disappearing. Suddenly I realized... This is the last skein and I'm almost out! Here's how much I had left when I started the first short side:


yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet, granny rectangle


  That's with one long side made already, so it's not time to panic. That bulky yarn can fool you, so I was definitely worried - but not panicking, yet. Nearby, I kept the little scrap I had discarded after a knot. Just in case I need it... It won't finish much, but after working the next long side, it looked like I'd need it. Panic started setting in.


yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet, granny rectangle


  And it was all for nothing, because I finished the round with a tiny bit to spare! Yay again! I was already having visions of ripping back an unfinished row, and making plans to finish with a shorter stitch. It's always good to have a backup plan when the yarn starts looking short. I'm glad that I didn't need to use it this time!


yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet, granny rectangle


  So, I have another fuzzy blanket. Yup, I already have the ends woven in, too! While yarn shopping, I spent some time staring at the yarn I need to make my other fuzzy blanket bigger. I finally decided to leave it on the shelf, and just call that one a small throw. After working with a yarn that isn't as fuzzy but is just as soft, I'm banning the furry stuff from my stash. I only had one knot to deal with, and no other problems (like the Furry's shedding) with Bernat Baby Blanket. Soon I'll be putting up a free pattern for this and that other fuzz monster, because they are the same pattern made with two different yarns. But for right now, I'm going to go take a nap on the blanket I finished in a weekend.


Happy Crocheting! 

8 comments:

  1. I love when there is just enough yarn. It's like it all came together just how it was supposed to. I'm loving the colours too.
    I get insomnia pretty badly too. Over the years I've developed methods to combat it, none of which helped on Saturday night despite the fact I'd only gotten 3 hours sleep the night before, I still didn't get any sleep at all.

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    1. Don't you want to do a little happy dance when that happens? It even fits my bed!
      I went a few years without having any problems with insomnia, and then BOOM! It's back. I'm trying not to stress over it because I know that makes it worse. Exhaustion sets in eventually - sleep will come soon. I hope you're able to get some rest, too.

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  2. Hello Jenny,
    have you ever tried PMR (Jacobson), autogenic training, or other meditation-techniques? If I want to keep my depression at bay I definitely need sleep. If I lack sleep or get exhausted by other means, I'm always near losing holding it under control. Therefore: TAKE CARE!!!!
    Hope you'll find some sleep soon!
    Marjan

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    1. Marjan, I've tried meditation, yoga (which I do regularly now), medications, and even running... A doctor once prescribed me an anti-depressant that was supposed knock me out, but it made me feel a bit crazy and didn't put me to sleep anyways. It's my opinion that medication for depression isn't a good idea if you're not seriously depressed. So many doctors tried so many things that I eventually stopped bringing up insomnia at visits and decided that this was just how I am.
      I don't like taking pills, but I tried Melatonin - I stayed up for three days afterwards. And then I tried hypnosis, but the therapist couldn't put me in a trance. (Funny that crocheting does!) I think that in my case, my brain just won't shut down, and stress lends a big hand in that... Worrying about sleeping stresses me out more, too. And that does lead to that downward spiral where depression can start to set in.
      I've tried going to therapy, but I learned one big thing from it: All they ever do is ask you how you feel. Well, I can ask myself that, can't I? When you make an effort to think about how you feel, why you feel that way, and what you can do to change it (or just learn to accept it), it's a little easier to keep things under control.
      Example: I feel angry because Rip is always sleeping at the dinner table. I'm angry because the table is my work space (since I never got that desk he promised me), and he's interrupting the work I want to finish. How do I fix that? Blast heavy metal and drum along on the table until he moves to his chair or bed :)
      Unfortunately, the rest of life's problems aren't always that easy to fix. Sometimes f-words are screamed behind closed doors. ;) If you can't always keep it together, know when it's okay to lose it a little.
      You take care too, Marjan! I think the changing of the seasons and gloomy days with no sun can bring these things on.

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  3. Wow Jenny, I've no idea how you cope with not being able to sleep. That must be so incredibly frustrating. On the other hand your furry, fluffy blanket is gorgeous. Those colors are so pretty and I'm glad the wool was just enough to finish it without having to undo all your work. Take care and hope you get some well deserved rest soon. Sending you lots of love from South Africe

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! Sending you *hugs* for your warm wishes.
      How I cope... Crochet helps. It used to be so much worse before I learned the craft. Now instead of stressing over lack of sleep, I just accept it and look at it as a chance to get extra work done. I managed to sleep for a few hours last night, and made some use of my new blanket - It's awesome!

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  4. Great color for a lovely blanket !!! Love the pattern too !
    Have a nice weekend !
    Anna

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    1. I just learned that there's a similar color in Bernat Blanket - Lilac Bush. This was made with Bernat Baby Blanket in Little Lilac Dove. It would be neat to compare them.
      Enjoy your weekend, too, Anna!

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