Starting my giant granny square blanket was a good life choice. I was really mentally burnt out when I started it, and progress on it definitely slowed down when I started getting my creative energy back, but it’s so nice to have a relaxing long term project like this. When I haven’t run the numbers on a new sweater design, or when I’m not in the mood to pick up stitches and start shaping a sleeve cap, it’s nice to have my blanket on hand to work on without having to think much.

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Sweaters used to be that kind of relaxing long term project for me, but now I churn them out so quickly that they no longer have that leisurely long term feeling for me. I knit a sweater in about a week last Christmas. It was a serious a challenge for me to knit one in such a short period of time because I’m not really a fast knitter, but it really showed me how much I’ve sped up because sweaters used to be projects that took me months to finish. If I had a sweater on my needles, I rarely had to worry about running out of knitting, but now I try to plan 2-3 sweaters out so I know what to knit next. It’s nice to always have my blanket on hand for when I want something familiar and simple to work on.

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I recently started my last skein of the white yarn. I was planning on being done when I ran out of yarn, but I haven’t even touched some of the second skeins of the contrast colors, so I think I’ll be adding at least two skeins of white yarn. I’m confident that I’ll have enough yarn to complete the third set of stripes, and I think I might even be able to crochet a fourth stripe of yellow and blue if I get more white. When I started this I was hoping to get it done by about this time of year, but now I don’t even care when it’s done which is such a weird thing for me. Even though it’s getting colder, as each row on my blanket gets longer I feel less of a focus on trying to get it done when I work on it because being done seems so immeasurably far away. Finishing, having my FO, and starting something new probably make up half of my motivation to get a project done, but that’s no longer the case with this blanket. It’s just so pleasant to shut off my brain and double crochet around and around!

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  • This is one of the reasons I started to crochet as it was a break from my knitting work and drew a line between work and pleasure which was desperately needed. I think I made my ripple blanket but kept struggling to put it down to go back to knitting work after getting very addicted to it!

  • I agree, love crochet for the rhythmic similarity of stitches. A big blanket project is the perfect way to unwind in front of the TV. Most evenings, after work, I’m way to tired to concentrate on a complicated knitting pattern!

  • I have a crochet shawl that I’m working on as my “break time” piece. I still have lots of Christmas knitting to do (I know – I shouldn’t do it, but they really do appreciate it), so I only steal moments here and there to finish it. I think it’s going to become like your blanket – my lazy day “whenever” project.

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