As I was looking around for anything to do not related to moving - the world ending - or packing - the world ending again - a lightbulb came on. I decided to make a garden blanket inspired by California.
I was basically trying to think as many positive thoughts about the move as I possibly could. Trying not to think: earthquakes…California is as far away from Virginia as we can go without falling into the ocean…earthquakes… You know, things like that. What positive thoughts could I have about California? Flowers! Yes! Bright, colorful, happy flowers. Whatever I ended up with, it would involve flowers.
One great idea led to another. I decided to use up some of the scraps and remnants of yarn in my stash. It gave me a project to work on and would use what I already had. I wouldn’t have to buy anything.
Perfect plan, right? Just start making flowers with scraps and turn them into something. As you can see, I’ve had a little trouble thinking past the big picture that my life is turning upside down. I started approaching my crochet the same way I did the move. One tiny little step at a time. Make flowers. Turn them into something. Ready, set, go…
My first attempt didn't turn out very well - at all. The flowers grew into granny squares and then into a blanket. I used a very bright, almost neon green. I used it for the leaves and granny squares. It was so overwhelming and flat. I absolutely hated it. It was hideous. (I’ve been struggling with the positive thoughts, just a little bit.) I ended up frogging most of it and redoing the squares.
I kept all of the flowers I had already made and added a few more. I made a bunch of flowers. Twelve to be precise. I used patterns from lots of different places.
As I started pulling everything together, I was thinking about my niece, who is 18 moths old and curious about everything. I started to think about adding some animals to complete the garden. I thought she would enjoy finding little hidden treasure in the flowers.
I worked on this as the movers were packing up our house. I sat at the kitchen table with my survival pack…Jane Austen and a bag of crochet. It was everything I could do to keep it together.
Ignore the men with boxes. Read. Crochet. Ignore. Repeat...
All four greens that I ended up using are Caron Simply Soft. I love this yarn. It is so soft and easy to work with. It also isn’t very expensive. It fits right in my comfort zone for workability and price. I used the join as you go method that I learned in _____ to pull all of the squares together.
The edging was completely guess work. I just kept adding rows using the same colors I used in the flowers. It's a ripple made out of single crochet in the back loop.
The dragonfly and butterfly patterns were from ______
I found the bumble bee on line at _____
As I was making the animals, I thought about my niece finding little surprises hidden among the flowers.
The boys made cards and we packed everything up. We sent it to her with lots of love. It was a struggle for me to get through to the end, but it soothed my nerves and helped me to focus on positive thoughts about flowers, opportunity, and my precious niece. I hope it can soothe her and bring her some joy.