When knitters and crocheters talk about hibernating projects, they mean putting things aside. Maybe a sweater isn’t fitting right, or you’ve made a mistake in a shawl and know you have to rip back, but just can’t face it. Or, my favourite reason for hibernating projects – you’re not having fun anymore, and this yarn lark is meant to be fun… right?
You can’t wear or gift or display the finished item, and you don’t want to throw it out… so you tuck it away in a box or a bag or a draw. That’s hibernation. Ravelry even has a setting to mark projects as hibernating, so you know it’s A Thing.
Yesterday, I pulled a blanket out of hibernation. It’s been in progress for a couple of years. I’d shipped it over from New Zealand, and (horrors!) couldn’t find the edging yarn. A long hunt in shops and online told me that it’s still being manufactured (phew – but then I’d deliberately chosen a common-as-dirt baby yarn for just that reason). However, it had changed its name, and I had a nervous wait until the yarn I’d ordered arrived, thankfully matching exactly.
The no-name pattern is just granny hexes, four rounds of a colour, then one of white. I made the decision early on to not switch colours – if I run short of a colour, I switch to white early. I’m exclusively using sock-weight yarn, which may have something to do with why it’s taken me as long as it has.
It’s lovely to see it out again. I’ve been hibernating too. A number of things made this blog take a back seat for a month or so, but I’m back now.
And I never stopped crocheting and knitting. I just stopped talking about it. So we have a lot to catch up on!
(PS – the cats love the blanket too. Have you ever notice that cats love wool as much as we crafters do?)
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