Let's start with my last two blankets of the year:
Blanket 69 starts with this blue fleece from Ikea. It is large, as seen on a queen sized bed. So it doesn't need to be cut at all, just run through with the rotary skip stitch blade to crochet. I forget who in our chapter found this, but at $2.49 it is a great deal. I bought several and swapped them for prepared fleece, then got one back the next time around. I forget what the yarn is, but I want to say it was one from Bernat.
And that was the year. 70 Blankets is pretty good for Year One, I think.
So as I reflected a bit on the experience and what I want to do in 2012, I had several thoughts.
First, when I turned in my completed blankets at the last Starbucks night, Peggy pulled them out of the bag to put the special Project Linus tag on them and saw that I had a fully crocheted blanket in with several crocheted-edge fleece. I said, "Yeah. I'd forgotten how long it takes to do them." I can finish a fleece inside of one average professional sports game (I finished my first 2012 blanket during the Bears game yesterday). Fully-crocheted takes forever. So it is hard to put a number on how many blankets I plan to do next year.
Also, I am still only doing a single crochet. The ladies at Project Linus are certain that at some point, I will want to branch out and stuff takes longer when one is learning.
But what I can say is that I made time to attend more events than I originally thought I could do. I made nearly all of the bi-monthly Saturday events and was a regular at the monthly Wednesday evening gatherings at Starbucks. I have met a lot of wonderful people who welcomed me warmly even though I haven't a fraction of their artistic skills.
I've said that my chapter is large and active. I have already offered to help if they are interested in taking the networking to the next level online. But I'm not sure they even need it!
Overall, I am very happy with the experience and plan to continue as an active donor and volunteer in 2012.