The first epic project of 2014

Back in January I proclaimed that this was going to be The Year of Epic Projects and that a lot of selfish knitting would be involved.

My first project (or rather, first project to finish, since it's been a WIP since last year) is kind of for me, but more in a work capacity since it's something I've been working on in anticipation of the SweetGeorgia booth for Unravel.

While I'm not a huge crocheter, 2013 saw me pick up a hook on multiple occasions - enough to cause me to purchase a set of hooks at the Great London Yarn Crawl. And I've been loving it. Most of the time I still feel like I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing, but luckily for me there are some great tutorials online, like this one for Bear's Rainbow Blanket from the Purl Bee blog.

I've been going a little crazy with SweetGeorgia scraps and a crochet hook...

I've been going a little crazy with SweetGeorgia scraps and a crochet hook...

The blanket is beautiful, and crocheted with another fabulous Canadian yarn - Koigu. But the kits to make it are intimidatingly expensive - if you want to do the original as shown, you have to buy a skein of each of the colours, even though a very small portion is used. But since it's such a small portion of yarn, it makes it a perfect blanket for working through scraps of sock yarn, which I just happened to have leftover from the mini skeins of SweetGeorgia that RachelCatherine and I knit into mini socks to be able to show the colours more fully to yarn shops interested in carrying the yarn. 

These are some of the mini socks that Catherine knit. Aren't they adorable? Such a perfect way to see the richness of the hand-dyed yarn. Photo courtesy of Catherine Hopkins.

These are some of the mini socks that Catherine knit. Aren't they adorable? Such a perfect way to see the richness of the hand-dyed yarn. Photo courtesy of Catherine Hopkins.

I've been working on crocheting these little squares since last year, in between and around projects and always trying to keep an extra scrap ball with me when on the go. Of course, once the new year arrived, I had to kick it up a notch and it's been what I've been working on almost constantly (I'm slow, what can I say?!).

Of course, all those ends are going to have to be woven in first...

Of course, all those ends are going to have to be woven in first...

There are about eight squares left to go and then I can get them all washed and Soak-ed before adding the white borders. With any luck, this blanket will make a fab backdrop for photos of fans of SweetGeorgia with their newly acquired yarns at Unravel. Their only problem will be choosing their favourite colour!