It's easy to start yarn projects and abandon them. I've learned this over the 2+ years I've been crocheting. Sometimes you come back to them, but most of the time you end up repurposing the yarn for something else. In general, I finish most of my craft projects...eventually...but I have never yet been determined enough to finish a large-scale yarn project. This is why I wanted to put it on my list this year.
I wanted to do it right this time. I was browsing through Pitnerest for inspiration, as you do, and found a really simple and nice-looking granny square pattern. In the blog post, she linked to what the finished project would look like to and I really liked the look. I was going to do this one and I was going to do it right - buy nice yarn, plan a color palette and keep on keepin' on.
After skeins and SKEINS of yarn (and realizing it takes a TON of yarn to make a decent sized blanket) I had a rhythm going. One of the best parts about this throw, aside from the square pattern (which was easy to memorize) was that I had to wing the rest. ie. Figure out how to put them together, how to edge it, whether or not I wanted to felt it, etc.
Another blessing during this project was the Summer Olympics. Talk about a way to pass the time. I worked pretty much non-stop on this project during the 2 weeks of the Olympics and finished just in time.
I enjoyed every aspect of this piece. The colors, the squares, the way I crocheted them together and the end product.
Also, I was working on it during a particularly stressful time, and it was the perfect escape for me. I am so thankful was able to throw myself into this project and achieve something I'm really proud of.
So there you go. A complete throw, lots of purple and work that I'm proud of. I'm checking this one off my list with a heavy hand because it was so much fun. I encourage all of you to not only try crocheting, but to take a risk in making something big. The struggle is worth it.