04 May 2023

Motif Madness

Remember my way too long list of crochet motif UFOs??? Back in 2019, when my 10-year-blogging anniversary was approaching, I thought perhaps I could devote one Monday per month to at least a few motifs on an old project. Instead, I ended up starting at least one new crochet motif project!!! (Which also hasn't seen the light of day since July of 2019!)

Well, I've since started at least three more crochet motif projects. Only one is seeing regular and good progress, and that's my 2023 crochet temperature project.

I spend 15 minutes every single day to make the previous day's motif. The project, to me, is inspiring, motivating, envigorating and empowering... because I CAN keep going without sticking a beloved WIP motif project on a shelf. Without getting bored! I love working on this project. I love watching it grow. And it takes SO little time each day. 15 minutes. That's all.

For weeks now, I've wondered if I could also pick up a couple of other crochet motif WIPs to make one motif every day. That would mean 45 minutes per day instead of 15, and I don't know that I can keep that up every single day. But what if I did it every day I can? If I miss a day, it's okay. I can still make a new motif the next day.

I decided to challenge myself and see if I can do it. And so far, two weeks into that new goal, I've managed 20 new motifs on the Harvest Flower join-as-I-go project featuring my hand-dyed thread (what a great way to use up some of those old colors!!!) (AND 30 more Harvest Flower centers to boot!!!) and 4 motifs on my avocado-pit-dyed crochet project (which will be featured as a new free pattern on an upcoming Snowflake Monday). I really had to work at reverse-engineering the avocado-pit-dyed project because I hadn't written the pattern, and I hadn't touched it in more than a year.

I'm still struggling to get back to my sewing machine. Lizard often naps on a mat on the floor right next to where I have my sewing machine set up. I just don't have the heart to wake him when he can actually sleep. This new crochet motif goal will allow me to get going on fiber projects that need to be finished while allowing Lizard his necessary nap time. And I get to do something I absolutely love. The quilt WIPs will have their day. But for now, I think I've got a plan with which I can live and hopefully thrive!


  1. This sounds like a cunning plan actually. Good Luck!

  2. Whatever you're able to do, I know the results will be great. I love the colors in the temperature project.


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