Happy New Year to everyone! I have to say starting a new year out on a Sunday pushes all my organizational buttons since it’s nice and neat to start off with plans at the beginning of a week. We did not stay up late to ring in the new year (we never do, in fact) but had a nice dinner and watched some college football. Having had a lovely walk outside where the gray skies are threatening snow, we plan to make a slow-cooker dinner, enjoy the fire and of course, I’ve got some crafting plans.
Last week, I finished up the Bear’s Rainbow Blanket, aka the Quiet Voices Advent Box blanket, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I used up all of the sock-weight minis in the box, held double, to crochet the central blocks and then added in a undyed/off-white sock yarn of the same base, also held double for a round of double crochet (US term) and then the zigzag crochet join. I finished it all off with a round of double crochet and then a round of small picots for the edging. Total yardage used was 4545 yards! These soft grayed colors are very much my preferred palette, and I plan to keep this one handy near my crafting chair for cooler mornings before the fire gets going. A nice way to finish out the year.
The only other thing I had in progress at the moment was the new full coverage cross-stitch piece I began on 12/26/2022, in memory of my best beloved Emma. Not a ton of progress – just over 800 sts – but it’s a start and once I concentrate on my focus piece for a couple of weeks, this will be back out in January for more time.
Today I plan to start quite a few things including a sashiko project, a new sweater and some socks. I’ve also got a book queued up for a buddy read and will have that to enjoy as well.
I hope everyone had a good start to their New Year and here’s to an amazing 2023!