My mom told me that my dad really wanted me to make him a lap blanket for Christmas. I agreed, because my dad is notoriously hard to shop for besides basic things like Dunkin gift cards (my go-to gift for him) and now, the occasional book as he’s finally picked up reading as a hobby in his fifties.
Of course, I knew my mom had a hand in this, too, because when I asked what colors I should make it in she told me maroon and beige, to coordinate with her country kitsch living room.
I went ahead and got the colors anyway, and then decided to finally teach myself how to make a granny square. I’ve been “crocheting” for four or five years now, but I really only know one stitch and can really only make blankets of alternating rows of color with that single stitch.
At least, that’s what I always told myself.
Turns out I can do a lot more with a little bit of determination and patience.
It took about an hour and two or three different YouTube videos, but eventually I got it all figured out and now have the beginnings of a very fine (if not finely colored) granny square blanket.
The stitching is much easier than I thought it would be, and after that relatively short hour of trial and error, I have a new skill.
Little things, Cheney. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s the little things that matter the most, and it’s perfectly okay to take a little pride in teaching yourself something simple that benefits you, and others!
It’s just that for a long time, and especially lately, I have felt like I don’t have much to be proud of in my life.
I am, you could say, going through a hard time.
I’m trying to figure things out, and doing little things that make me happy and feel better are definitely an important and helpful thing to try.
I’ve been pretty burnt out on the cross stitching after doing a bunch of that this summer, so tonight I decided to start on the black and white striped blanket I’ve been wanting to make for myself since I made one for Kayla three winters ago.
Let’s see if I can finish this by the end of the month!
It took about two days of working on this to finish it and I learned that I love these little tiny projects much more than the big ones because of how satisfying it is to take something from idea to completion in such a small amount of time.
However, I also learned that the sparkly silver DMC floss is a BITCH to work with and I probably will not be using it frequently in the future – even for unicorns!
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this but I am addicted to television. I would love to say that I read more than I watch TV, but then I would be lying and that wouldn’t be cool.
At this juncture in my life, I definitely watch more TV than read.
I don’t have cable, so I subscribe to Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime. The trifecta of media consumption.
It should not be surprising that the first big piece of cross stitch I finished was an ode to Arrested Development, one of my favorite shows that I binge on Netflix repeatedly because it never fails to make me laugh practically to tears.
My next stitching endeavor may or may not involve a banana stand.