A couple of things held me back: the cost and the skill. First, the cost. For a long time, I didn’t have the cash spare for a blanket’s worth of yarn all at once. Instead I prioritised things, like, you know, rent, and instead bought smaller bits of yarn (sock yarn! A hat’s worth of merino!). Being more secure in my career means I can now drop the princely sum of 40 pounds on yarn without worrying about my car payment (plus, I sold my car. That helps).
I never want to pretend that knitting and crochet is a “cheap” hobby. Sure, it can be affordable on almost any budget (pick up a single skein of lace yarn and you’ll be busy for a month for about 10 bucks), but cost has been an issue for me in the past, and I’m sure it will be at some point in the future too. So it goes.
And the skill – well, look at how beautiful this pattern is. I am as in love as the day I saw it.
But knowing a bit more about crochet, and having whipped up a couple of mandals and a handful of doilies, I can look at the pattern and feel more comfortable. It looks less like an impossible-to-decode pattern, and more like a series of recognisable motifs. Sure, it might be tricky, but I think I can do it.
And I have to admit, levelling up my crochet skills was a lot less effort than levelling up my career. If I can nail that presentation (and I did) I can take on a variation of a classic granny square. And I will.
Having addressed the two sticking points, cost and skill, I bought the pattern and the yarn. Oh the yarn. The colours are lovely.
For the Persian Tiles crochet blanket yarn, I stuck to the recommended colour palette and stocked up on Stylecraft Life DK in:
So here’s the plan: I will save this blanket as a ‘treat’ and not pick up a hook or touch the Persian Tiles crochet blanket yarn until I board a plane back to New Zealand this Christmas. That’s right. This is extreme travel crochet. I have 27 hours in economy class, three weeks relaxing at home, and another 27 hours flight back. How much can I get done? How much better will it make the flight? Will I snap and just knit socks instead?
I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging over the holiday, but I’ll be documenting my progress on Instagram. Follow along!
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