Inching Along

Progress, however slow, is still progress, right?

I have been diligently working away on my granny square afghan since June. I keep it in the den, and grab it nearly every time I’m down there watching television. This weekend there was a marathon of Mad Men on AMC. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s this sharp, sexy drama set in the 1960s. It follows a group of ambitious advertising executives in Manhattan, and the equally driven women who love and loathe them. It’s fantastic, if only for the costumes and witty dialogue.

I recorded the whole first season on TiVo, and we have been watching them 2 or 3 at a time this week. It’s been a perfect opportunity to crochet away on the afghan. This morning I thought I would see what all this hooking time had netted me. So I brought the thing up into the light of day, spread it out on the breakfast table and…it’s smaller than I thought it would be.

I thought crochet was supposed to be faster than knitting. Or is that a crafty legend? It’s true that a) this is my first crochet project, and as such it should not necessarily be faster than my knitting, and b) this blanket gets bigger with each round, and so it will progressively take longer than it did in the beginning to finish a row. I know all of this, and yet I was expecting to somehow have a bigger blanket by now.

Do any of you crocheters out there have advice for a beginner? I am having trouble with my yarn tension, and have to drop the working yarn and re-wrap it every few stitches. Other than that, I am really enjoying this new project, and am committed to seeing it through, however many episodes of Mad Men I have to watch in order to finish it.

Season 2 starts Sunday…

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2 thoughts on “Inching Along

  1. It’s beautiful colours. I used to crochet, but had to stop as it gave me a repetitive strain injury. I found that it wasn’t much quicker than knitting; each row would be bigger than a knit row, so it looked quicker, but each stitch would take longer than a knit stitch, thus negating the difference.

    Good luck with it!

  2. Hey you! Yes, it is a sad but true thing that crochet DOES take longer the more rows you work up. Your stitches are tight, too, but we discussed that back on the mountain. It’s not a bad thing at all, but the looser the stitches are, the faster the project seems to move along. Don’t be in any rush to finish the blanket either, or you’ll resent it. I pick mine up when I’m watching tv, too, and usually mine take several months to complete. The joy is in the process!! πŸ™‚

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