What Happened to My Traveling Afghan 2020?


Do your remember at the beginning of the Traveling Afghan 2020 project?  I was so excited and truly admired all the designers who agreed to donate a pattern.  It was awesome that inspiration from 49 people from 7 different countries could be brought together in either a knit or crochet afghan.  I was so in!!  And I started out strong, I decided to make the crochet afghan, I bought the kit containing Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn, and I could hardly wait to get my hands on each block as it was released. 

 Then, I’m not sure how I got distracted, but I did.  I started working on other projects, that were smaller and gave me some instant gratification.  Has that ever happened to you?  Do you have lots of WIPs?  I do, too, but I finish them, eventually.   I hate wasting money on projects if I don’t finish them, or maybe, I just need to take a break from a big project if I don’t have an immediate need for it, like if I’m making a baby gift or a custom order that has a deadline.  Who knows?  Sometimes life gets in the way.

My son moved back home recently and is also working from home due to COVID-19. He was forced to work in my room full of yarn/office, so I don’t have much access to it.   But last week, I decided it was time to file some paperwork and I was easily distracted looking at the yarn on the shelves behind me and there it was–the yarn and a pile of finished blocks for my much loved traveling afghan.  I had finished 8 blocks. I crocheted another 2 over the weekend, and I plan to keep it up until I cross the finish line.  So if you are in the same boat, don’t give up, this project is totally doable.  This will be a finished project, even if it’s not done until next year!  4 more blocks and the border are still to be released, so until then, it’s catch up time for me!


In the meantime, we will all be working on our holiday gifts.  This year will probably look a little different, if we are following social distancing.  It’s still nice to get together with family and friends, but I doubt many of us will be doing marathon Christmas shopping at the mall.  Making gifts is always a nice way to show people that you care about them, so it’s a great time to share what you are passionate about, no matter what it is.  

Are you ready to work on some handmade Christmas crochet gift ideas?   Countdown to Christmas blog hop is still going on, but the host has changed.  RaeLynn from Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’ took over for the last 2 weeks of this blog hop, so click on the picture below to get the coupon code so you can get the daily featured pattern pdf for free!!

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