Hey again, last week I shared my WIP (Work in Progress) pile with you and today I really want to show you one of those WIPs. Thankfully I don’t have too many projects on the go, but some of these poor pieces have been a long time in the making.
Today’s example of a long-term WIP is currently a Cube Foot Cover, but it will eventually be a beautiful and magnificent Cube Blanket. This is a gorgeous pattern that I found over on Ravelry by Mrs Purple (Click the link for the pattern) and was the first large scale project I started, and re-started, at some point back in 2013
Back then, as a newbie crocheter I didn’t know anything about how many balls of yarn were needed for a blanket. I was too excited to start, so I just grabbed three gorgeous purple shades, ripped the labels off and got cracking. Big mistake!
One huge tip I’ll give out to any one starting to do anything with yarn and lesson number one that I most definitely learned the hard way – write down where you got the yarn from, as well as the make and its colour code (usually found on the side of the paper wrapped around the ball). Then if you need to get more, you can. Sounds simple enough, but new project excitement can take over … just hold onto those yarn labels. Trust me.
I knew where I’d got the yarn from and I even remembered the make of it (Robin DK if you’re interested). However, my local yarn shop no longer stocked the brand and after a bit of research I discovered they have a few more than the three shades of purple that I chose in stock. Damn.
This meant I would either have a teeny tiny blanket, or would have to get a little inventive. If I had kids, then a teeny blanket could easily become a dolls new cosy cover, but I don’t, so this wasn’t an option. I then considered using the pattern as a base to make a cushion, or a bag, but I didn’t even have enough parts to do that. Argh! That left having to get inventive. So, I made up as many components as my three balls would allow and stitched them together to be one part of my final blanket – and that became the cube foot cover you see today.
My plan is to have each segment of this blanket in three shades of different colours. I love it! Here’s a rough plan:
I may use different colours or have more segments, but for now this project is on hold. Phase 1 is complete and so it’s time to get some other WIPs finished. Have you ever had to get inventive with a project because you rushed in too hastily? I’d love to hear your stories – just comment below 🙂