(Note: This is probably the first of a series of posts I’m going to be making about this blanket for my Dad.)
So ever since October, I’ve been working furiously on this blanket for my father. The picture above shows the current quadrant I’m working on. My dad asked me for this blanket over a year ago and my goal last year was to have it ready by Christmas last year.
This did not happen. I only got 25% of it completed due to other things sucking up my free time. However, I am a lady(?) of my word so I aimed to finish it for his birthday in July.
This also did not happen. Here’s what happened instead: I moved into a new apt, went on vacation with my family which was cut short by the death of my grandmother. This all happened in less than a month. In the weeks following, I found myself in the middle of a crippling depression. Everything was moving very fast and I was emotionally worn out. Just making it out the door to work took monumental effort, nevermind crocheting. I didn’t start to feel better until September when I began work on the burger.
Even in the midst of my depression, this blanket was floating in the back of my mind, screaming at me to finish it. “Soon,” I kept telling myself. “Soon, I’ll devote all my free time to it.” When my family came to the NC State fair to see my work, he playfully reminded me of the blanket. Beneath the innocent ribbing, I could tell my dad asked because he really did want the blanket.
So I told him that he would get it this year for Christmas. This time I don’t intend to let him down. I am so determined to get this down that I have refused to take any requests for commissions until January at the earliest. It’s also why I haven’t posted in a really long time. I’ve been trying to devote every ounce of free time to this blanket. Most of my lunch breaks are spent with me sitting at my desk crocheting furiously. I’ve jokingly started calling this project “blankalypse”.
Despite my best efforts, I’m still incredibly behind. As of this posting, I have 132 hexagons completed out of 220. That leaves 88 to go. I have 19 days to complete 88 hexagons. If you do the math, that’s 4.6 hexagons a day. Each hexagon takes me about 40 minutes to complete so to make my daily goal, I have to set aside at least 3 hours for it. That’s a lot of time to find every day during the holiday season.
I’m starting to doubt I’m going to make it but I’m going to try. This whole thing might culminate with me pulling a few all-nighters but if that’s what it takes, so be it. My wish for Christmas this year is to see my dad sleeping on the couch in the afternoon with this blanket. I’ll keep you all updated as how this is going but for now, wish me luck!