Last month I started a project I’m very excited about. It was meant to be a Christmas gift, but is also part of my Big Project. In the September/October ’08 issue of Crochet Today is this pattern:
Finding the thread I needed was a bit of an adventure. It calls for 6 colors of size 3 crochet thread: natural, tangerine, navy, maize, warm teal, and scarlet.
Lovely, aren’t they? Well, this pattern is several years old. The company making the thread called for, Royale, is no longer, but it is now being made by Aunt Lydia’s. Well, some of it anyway. I actually had the warm teal in my stash. The scarlet, maize, and natural were easily found in the store. Tangerine and navy, however, not so much. I quickly obtained a ball of Royale tangerine – unopened, on Etsy. I did not have the same success with the navy. After weeks of haunting my favorite online spots, I finally found a single ball of navy (unopened, Royale) on ebay, but I had to buy several other balls of thread I didn’t need to get it.
After that adventure I was anxious to get started.
Like I said, I thought it would be a lovely gift and with 32 rounds would take me maybe 24 hours of stitching to complete. Oops. I’ve never done tapestry crochet. I’m enjoying it, and I think the bowl will be beautiful when it is done, but it is taking me much longer than a normal thread crochet project. Right now, I’m working on round 12, it’s taken me almost 2 hours to get 3/4 of the way around it.
This project is going to take me much longer than I thought. I’m still pretty excited about it. And, I like learning about tapestry crochet.
It will still be a lovely gift, whenever it gets done.
What have I learned? Always overestimate the time needed for a project using a new technique.
Please, tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t quite finish a Christmas project this past year.