I have a confession...I am a crocheter who reads the Yarn Harlot. Why? She is a hoot, many of her tips work for crocheters, and while I don't knit, my friends and relations do. All knowledge is valuable, you just never know when it might come into play!
Today was one of those days. I remember reading some comments this jewel of the knitting world made in her latest book Knitting Rules. (I'm currently on pg 158) Among her recommended types of pattern books to have in your library are several with "brilliant, over-the-top, 'I-could-never' patterns...[this] is the stuff that knitterly inspiration comes from. Aim high. Dream big (76)." Encouraging, no? Well, It came into play as I read the premier edition of Crochet Today magazine. There it was. A beautiful crocheted blanket, "Bed of Roses". My reaction:
1) That's gorgeous!
2) It's made in squares...I DON'T DO SQUARES!
3) Maybe I'll try squares to make this...(cringe) I'd have to make 48 of them?!
4) Skill level, skill level...Oh, no! It is an intermediate (one down from expert)
5) But, I REALLY like it.
6) I'll think about it.
As the days went by, it got prettier. That's when I recalled the Yarn Harlot's words. This pattern had inspired me to try squares. It might be beyond me. It just might be one of those "I-could-never" patterns for a rank beginner in crochet like myself who has trouble keeping even tension. However, as she also says, repeatedly, "It's only yarn." So, today I gave it a go and here is the result. It's not perfect, it just might be beyond me at this point (I won't know until I try making SEVERAL more of these striving for consistency and the right shape!), but it is beautiful: