I think that for many knitters and crocheters because of the economy there is a need and desire to use up more of our yarn stashes this year. So I am planning to make things based on whatever yarn I have available. With that in mind I started on a new project last night. Something I have wanted to do for some time - a long runner to cover the fireplace mantle in my living room. I have lots of nicely colored worsted-weight cotton yarn and selected a Lily Sugar 'n Cream brand variegated print in tones of cream, sage and rose (my favorite combination of colors and they match the color scheme of the room). Because I am stressed out about the mediation for my upcoming divorce (it was canceled for Tue. 1/13 because of the weather and will be rescheduled for Feb.), I wanted to chose a mindless, soothing pattern to comfort and distract me. I chained 22 stitches and am working repeating rows of double crochet and single crochet on a size F hook. The pattern is working up very quickly and I will finish it with some kind of lacy edging in the front which is what will be seen when looking at the fireplace.
The fact that it is possible we may not be living in our house in the future does not escape me. I am still intent on creating this project. It is working up very quickly and I'll have plenty of time to devote to it today. Another snow storm has hit and I canceled the appointment I had at the job counseling agency I am working with because the roads are too icy and slippery. If something happens to my van we will be out of transportation - so I can't risk taking unnecessary trips in inclement weather.