The Monster Returns

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve worked on The Monster, and it’s been difficult to stay motivated on this project. Often, I think the only thing that keeps me going is my love for crochet, and all of the familiar doubts are swirling in my mind. It’s too big, it’s not practical, I’ll never finish it, I won’t be able to ship it to my sister-in-law, and this whole project has been a colossal waste of time and money. Despite all this, I will continue and I will finish The Monster . . . Someday.

The current piece of The Monster is The Dark Mark. As with the rest of the pieces I’m using a size H crochet hook, and Caron One Pound yarn in Black, White and Kelly Green. I started this piece about a week ago, and so far I’ve completed rows 1-34 without incident. The Dark of course is the sigil of Lord Voldemort and his supporters. This piece features a similar skull with a winding snakes body. The symbol of the Dark Lord is used throughout the Harry Potter series to mark where someone has been murdered by a supporter of Lord Voldemort, and it emotes unrivaled fear whenever seen.

Next Piece of The Monster. The Dark Mark Rows 1-34 completed

Beautiful Shells Baby Blanket


I recently also finished the Beautiful Shells baby blanket. For this project I used a size G crochet hook, and Caron Cakes in the color Faerie Cake. The free pattern is available here on Ravelry. The pattern seems really complicated when first reading it, but it’s really not. After a few rows you will get the hang of it, and before you know it the blanket will be done. Just don’t make the same mistakes I did. I thought I was doing fine, crocheting along, happy as a lark, and then would realize I had not made a V-stitch in the previous round. I probably did this 10 times throughout the project, and my heart sank with disappointment every time I had to rip out an entire round to fix it. Despite my mishaps this blanket was fun, quick and easy to work up. So much so that I would like to try a shell pattern with a hexagonal blanket.

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