One of my to-do lists, anyway: my creative one. I have loads of others - chores, business admin, life admin, admin for the admin - but they're boring and so I can't very well blog about those. Most days I can't even bring myself to do them, but that's a story for another day.
So, April. What shall we do this month?
You might have seen that on the very last day of March I released my first pattern under the Emmy + LIEN label: the Lavender Skies Scarf. That was kind of two months behind schedule but I did it and it's insanely exciting. Especially as the response has been great so far - thank you! And keep it coming!
With that one out if the way, finally, I can add some new things to the list:
The Bretonbone Top - a pattern
I started this last month and if I'm honest, it's whooped my behind. I think I must have ripped various bits of it out at least 5 or 6 times now. But it's getting there, the first sample is nearly finished and I will be looking for testers come late April. If you're interested in taking part, keep an eye on my instagram posts as that's where I'll put the call out.
The Dally Dahlia Blanket - a recipe
As far as I'm concerned, there are two kinds of projects: "ponder and tinker and rip out and redo until it's just right" projects (like the top above), and "just for the fun of it" projects. Mindless projects I can pick when I'm too knackered for anything else, and which involve minimal maths (very much not like the top above).
In the autumn of last year I began just such a project. The starting point was simply a random number of pretty cotton skeins and the Dally Dahlia granny square. No other planning or much thinking at all, other than a desire to make a bright, happy blanket. It's turning out delightfully wonky. I'd like to share it with you this month, but as a kind of "recipe" rather than a complete pattern because I just do not want to do the maths. It'll be free, of course, and perhaps it'll inspire you to make a wonky blanket of your own.
Crochet meets Patchwork Blanket - a project guide
I've been getting lots of messages on the various parts of this blanket already published on my old blog, pulling me to task and asking where on earth it's going. Quite rightly, too - I've been working on it for nearly two years and have repeatedly stalled, changed colours, redone the border...
It's at a stage where it's not finished (quite clearly!) but I have a much better idea of what I want it to be. So I'm putting together a complete project guide. It's taking a while, but I hope that by the end of this month or the beginning of May at the latest, most of what you need to make this - the patterns, the yarn, the colours, the tutorials - will all be accessible from one page.
So that will be my April, in all its capricious spring madness. If there's any time left, you'll find me celebrating my 35th birthday (April is a cool month), knitting when it's raining, and on sunny days turning the balcony into a colourful living space with the help of the world's cutest assistant.
What does your April look like?