My favourite seat for several weeks (while building up my energy levels) was in a comfortable armchair near the window for the light and surrounded by the largest crochet project for some time – a corner to corner shrug/blanket/Afghan. Worked in random yarns to use up all the odd skeins, half used balls and odd scraps of yarn lingering at the base of my stash.
Most of the yarn I was using had come from leftovers of garments I have made, or yarn that was gifted to me from:
- Brighid, in California
- Brogen, to use in memory of her late mother Emma Sharma Hayes
- Ello in Dublin.
- Margaret, my now late friend who gifted me some of her stash when it became too difficult to knit.
So not alone was I reducing the yarn stash, I was actually creating a Memory Blanket that each time I looked at it or spread it across my knees, I re-lived the making or wearing of an item I had made with a particular yarn.
The people listed above were almost in the room with me as I added their colours and textures to my work.
The original idea was to leave it in the car for emergency use, but the colours were bright & cosy and I felt I wanted to see it on a daily basis. It is large enough to cover the surface of my double bed. But it lives on the couch so I can snuggle under it for a rest, or pull it over my knees and feet to keep my extremities warn as I work on the next new project.
I do have enough for another C2C and will make one for the car in the autumn.
My Memory Blanket surrounds me with warm hugs from all the friends who gifted me their yarn, each time I use it.
Many Thanks and love to all of you.