Back in the Saddle

Last night I picked up a crochet hook for the first time in weeks, and it felt very, very good.

When I was at the TNNA trade show a couple of weeks ago I scored a few skeins of one of my favourite yarns: Blue Sky Alpacas Mélange, a 100% baby alpaca, super super soft yarn. I immediately knew it had to become my first crochet project in a while, as a desire to get back to crocheting was finally creeping up on me.

I've been talking with Cecily Keim about needing a catharsis project—a project that will be full of renewal, inspiration, and creative satisfaction. I've not even finished my first motif, but I'm sure this will be such a project for me. And I need it!

Using Edie Eckman's tutorial on joining motifs as you go from the Summer '08 issue of Interweave Crochet as a guide, and working from a few of the motifs in her great book, I'm going to do the most freeform-ish project I've ever done: I'll join motifs together as I work, without a plan. I'm figuring I'll make a scarf or stole, depending on how far this 600 metres of yarn will go, but for all I know I'll end up with a triangle shawl.

What do you like to make when you need a crafty catharsis?

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