I've been tempted, those two naughty Jo's, Jo from A Whole Plot Of Love and Jo from Angel Gem's City Cottage, have enticed me with their talk of squishy yarn and blanket projects.
Sandra from Cherry Heart, in conjunction with Black Sheep Wools, is hosting the Spice Of Life Crochet Along and I've decided to take part. Even though I've got a few blankets under my belt, I still consider myself a beginner when it comes to crochet. I don't know many stitches so I thought this would be a great project for me as it will show me lots of new stitches.
The crochet along is running for a number of weeks, the pattern will be released in stages, however, I'm never any good at working to a schedule so I've decided that I'll download each bit of the pattern as it's released but work at my own pace. I like to savour my crochet time, enjoying each stitch I put in to the work. I don't want to be rushing to keep up with everyone else so this is going to be my winter project. I just hope that I can manage the stitches, it's nothing like anything I've ever crocheted before.
There's a choice of two different yarns in two different colourways, Rico Classic Baby DK or Stylecraft Special DK. I prefer the Rico colourway so that made my mind up about the yarn. It's one I've never used before but unfortunately, Black Sheep Wools were out of that yarn pack when I decided to order so I ended up buying mine from Wool Warehouse. I'm thrilled with it, I'm not sure yet what it's like to crochet with but its squishability (is that a word?) is top notch and the colours are gorgeous.
The first part of the pattern was released yesterday but I haven't yet started, I've got the pattern printed off though so I'm good to go. I do have quite a few other things on the go at the moment though so I'm hoping to work on them at the same time too.
Are any more of you other than Jo and Jo taking part? It's a beautiful blanket and I'm looking forward to seeing it take shape, if I can manage the stitches that is.
Don't forget about the swap I'm running. The Twelve Days Of Christmas Swap Sign Up is still open if you fancy joining in, just leave a comment on that post and I'll add you to the list. As well as having lots of fun with the swap, it's a great way of making new bloggy friends so don't be shy. I'd love some more people from outside the UK to join in as we have quite a few bloggers who are interesting in swapping worldwide.