My mom taught me to crochet when I was 10 years old, and I've never lost my love for it over the years. Before card making, I used to consider crochet my personal "therapy." In some ways, I still do. Even now, when I go home to Mom and Dad's house, Mom and I still crochet together at times.
Currently, I'm making an afghan for our bed. It's one of many I've made through the years, but it's just a little different from the rest. My reason for the different style is that I can use up much of my yarn stash without too much additional investment. As crochet projects come and go, little tidbits of yarn are left - and no self-respecting crafter would throw away odds and ends of yarn - no matter how tiny! Eventually, though, storage space becomes an issue.
So, in thinking about my newest afghan, I wanted a design that would allow me to use most of my stash. I'm alternating, in checkerboard fashion, my style of squares:
This method also allows me to do less planning of square placement. One of my pet peeves is to have "like" colors next to each other. I've managed to avoid it for the most part, but not entirely. That would take additional colors I don't have - and would defeat my purpose.
So, my tip for today: Decide if there's a way to satisfy more than one goal. My goals are to use up odds and ends of my yarn stash, make something I'll enjoy, and have fun! I've designed my work to satisfy that end. And it's very therapeutic! :-)
For more on how to crochet these blocks together, I've constructed a little video demo - my first! The crocheting is really quite easy - unlike learning to make a video. I hope to gain skill quickly though.
Thanks for visiting. Stay tuned for card making fun in my next post.