Sunday, January 5, 2014

Crochet mood blanket 2014- the beginning

It took a little bit of figuring out but I think I have settled on a way to do my blanket finally. I decided on my colours for both my "good" mood and 'Bad" mood days.

I really like bright colours so even my "bad" days are still pretty colourful, they are just colours that are not my favourite. I want my blanket to end up being a bright cheerful patchwork of my year. I think they are all going to look great together.
I started my blanket with a special square to represent The Toronto Maple Leafs beating the Detroit Redwings in the outdoor winter classic. January 1st was cold and snowy so the blue and white also works for that as well. This was the first time I made a square with a dot in the middle. It was a fun square to make and I am looking forward to seeing random polka dots scattered throughout  my blanket.

January 2nd I spent with a couple of my friends at my favourite scrapbooking store, we were supposed to be scrapbooking together but I spent most of the day looking up crochet patterns on my computer! I received my last christmas present and just felt a lot of love. Red was the perfect colour for the day, representing love and Christmas.

January 3rd I went to an afternoon matinee with a girlfriend. We went to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It was a movie with a lot of dream sequences and imagination in it. I was enjoying my last few days of holidays, it was a calm and relaxing kind of day so the green really appealed to me.

I like the way they are looking joined together. I wanted to have solid squares, not traditional grannies with so many holes in them. I already have a couple of afghans like that. I couldn't do the join as you go method I had been learning because there isn't any spaces between my stitches. I am single crocheting them together. This means there will be a front and a back to my blanket. The back will just show a little seam overlap, nothing too major.

On January 4th I had a nice family day. I took my puppy to playgroup, we watched the Canadian world jrs game and we played cards together. I made a chicken stir fry for dinner, filled with celery and nice orange carrots and peppers. So my happy colour for the day is orange.

I am really enjoying this project, and I think about it ALL the time! I love seeing everybody else's projects on the Facebook page and on their blogs.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I'm back- and I'm excited!

I haven't blogged for a couple of years. Life was busy and I started doing project 365 on Facebook which fulfilled my need to share and record my life I guess.

Over this past year I started crocheting. I taught myself using youtube and it just took off. There are a couple of people I always look to for inspiration and encouragement and I will be mentioning them on here often. I don't ever want to take credit for someone else's ideas and projects.
Today I started a new project which is my motivation for getting back on here. I am going to make a blanket, a "crochet mood blanket 2014" to be exact. It is a great idea and simple to follow. You make a square a day (or a week) out of a colour that is reflective of your mood. Some people are picking specific colours for each mood. I am typically a fairly mellow content person so I was afraid my blanket would end up mainly one colour- boring. I have decided to pick some "good" and "bad" mood colours. I haven't picked all my colours yet but I did have a few in my yarn stash to get me started. All I can say is that it will be bright and colourful!

I was playing around with some different types of squares and also learning how to join as you go. Lucy at Attic 24 has great tutorials to follow The Facebook group has been busy all day and I have been changing my mind constantly about how to form my blanket. I know I want to create special squares for special occasions such as birthdays and holidays. It will be a work in progress and I am really looking forward to watching it grow.