Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's a Jessi!

Hello there guys and dolls!
It has been quite some time since I posted! Don’t be alarmed, I never forgot about you lot. Though, some of you may not realize who I am. Allow me to formally introduce myself. I’m Jessi. You’ll see my profile above along with the wonderful Holly you know so well and the also elusive Amanda. (See that's me> you remember, the one known for crocheting?)
Do forgive my prolonged absence. Life gets in the way sometimes. Graduate school consumed my life. Then in March I had to have surgery on my gallbladder.  Over the past few months I’ve returned to crafting and after a conversation with Holly felt encouraged to return and I hope you will be happy to have me.
Now that we are reacquainted, let’s move on to the fun part of this post. 

What exactly have I been up to craft-wise? Well, I've taken on a project of epic proportions!
I will say this project has grown massively out of control and taken on a life of its own. It's less a project and more a conquest. A beast I must vanquish, comparable to the 12 labors of Hercules! 

Ok. Perhaps I exaggerate. I'm certainly not dealing with a Hydra, however, this project did start out as something quite simple. 

It all began when my Learning and Behavior professor informed us we would be completing a project for the end of the semester. It required that we learn something and relate to the class what learning theory best connected to our learning process. All the technical mumbo jumbo aside, I jumped on the opportunity to bring a bit of crafting back to my daily life. I had always wanted to learn to crochet a star! Now was my chance. And learn I did! Now the question was, what do I do with a crochet star? Now I'm sure many of you could have thought of a simpler solution. One that would not require intensive time to complete. Attaching it to a hat or creating a hat out of it would have been simple and are still crafts I intend to complete. My mind, whether it be that I enjoy a challenge, or inflicting suffering on myself decided it would be great if I could turn the stars into squares. 
I've mentioned my grandmother before. She's the one who taught me how to crochet and with her help we made simple work of devising a pattern to turn the star into a square. 
Once I'd achieved making a square I had to decide what to make with the squares. That is when the brilliant idea struck me to make a blanket. That is when I created the design below. 
The blanket is going to be enormous. I'm not even certain of its final measurements. I've estimated that once it is done it will be at least 8x6 feet if not slightly larger. I'm insane I know. There are 80 squares total. I've completed a total of 65. I have 50 of them that still need bordered with white. Then I'll need to attach them together and crochet a border of white around the blanket. Once I've finished the blanket I've several ideas for some hats with star motifs. I can't wait to see how they turn out. As always I love to hear from you guys so if you have any ideas, things you'd like to see, requests, or commissions please feel free to contact me. Just drop a line in the comments below. I'm glad to be back and I can't wait to share more of what I've been working on with you guys. 

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