While I write this on Friday morning, I'm drinking my way to my Happy Place. I woke up later than I prefer and was barely on my feet when I heard Vanellope (the kitty formerly known as Luna) screaming as if the Chupacabra were eating her alive. Turns out her food dish was empty. When she was chowing down on Meow Mix, I sat in the corner chewing my hair. The amount of coffee needed to recover from this morning will probably keep me awake until tomorrow afternoon. Kali, traumatized too by the over-the-top-blood-curdling cry, has not left my side. Vanellope, however, is stretched out atop the loveseat, staring contently out the window on a full stomach.
So, what has me content lately — especially when my chronic pain is at an all-time worst? A NEW crochet project! I had to put aside the All Wrapped Up Afghan, with all its Spring-like colors, and create something warmer, more Autumn-appealing. Therefore, I'm crocheting a lapghan for our sofa using the Mexican and Mediterranean colors we're so fond of decorating with in our home. The furnishings in our apartment is very bare-bones and I am hoping 2014 will see the space becoming cosier and more welcoming on a very bare-bones budget. And what better way to make a home more homey than home-made?
It occurred to me that my personal faves of things I have crocheted or knitted have consisted of only a few colors, at most around five. That may sound limiting, but I enjoy the challenge of creating many different patterns with so little. I also spend a lot less time wondering, "what color to use next?" Remember when it took me a quarter of a decade to finish the Crayola-sponsored acid trip otherwise known as the Rip, Rip, Hurry Up Ripple? Yet, I finished the celebrated Bollywood Blanket in four months!
Since I have been crocheting for eight years now, I wanted to learn something new, like a bad-ass-mind-blowing- technique, like, A CIRCLE IN A SQUARE. I always wanted to learn how to crochet a circle in a square. That's like, some hardcore, intermediate skills right there! And five minutes later, I totally had it down. It's even easier than a granny square. I even want to go as far as to say it's the easiest thing ever, but I'm trying to reign in the over-dramatic proclamations (see above).
For the lapghan, I decided to make five-round squares to piece together. To learn how to make the first three rounds, check out Blair's brilliantly written and visual instructions. For rounds four and five, this video clip will give you a good idea of how to do 'em. If you're familiar with granny squares, you should catch on easily. I do it a little different than Mikey — I start with a corner, and 'cause I have a bad habit of crocheting tight, I chain three instead of two between the 3DC clusters of a corner. This helps keep my squares from bunching up when transitioning from a circle to a square (round four may seem bunched up, but round five flattens it out).
Don't get discouraged if you can't figure it out right away. It took me eight years to finally feel confident as a crocheter to even think about it. I would never have learned all that I have if I hadn't made mistakes. And that goes for more than just crocheting.