Hey everyone. It’s been a while. Just about 5 months to be exact.
I know I’ve lost a lot of you over the past few months, and for that I want to apologize. I have received every message, seen every comment asking for the next square, and I have been following along with your progress on the blanket over the past 5 months. I beyond excited to see how many of you took the time to follow along on this longer-than-anticipated journey. I am forever grateful for your support, persistence, and dedication to the project.
So why was I absent? Why did I neglect to follow up on my promises to have the last square posted before Christmas of 2016 so many of you could finish up gifts? Two words – mental health.
I won’t go into too many of the details here (I plan on writing a longer blog post next week explaining everything), but I wanted you to know that there was a reason. I didn’t ignore you guys. In fact, I was checking your progress regularly and admiring your work. I didn’t give up on the project. I had the final square planned and prepared for months, it was just a matter of making final edits and creating the post.
I was starting my final semester of my entire Bachelor’s Degree. It was a huge workload, the amount of coursework I had was insane, and I was still working my other jobs, trying to exercise, trying to see my few friends, see my boyfriend, and spend time with my family (on top of attempting to sleep normal amounts and cooking myself actual food). In all honesty, creating the final square to the Marvel Graphghan would have taken me about two hours tops. But I literally did not have two hours to spare. Ever.
My semester ended a few weeks ago. I was so excited to sit down and prepare this blog post and get to work on my own squares (I have only actually made two)! Part of me was so embarrassed by the fact that it had taken me so long to get myself organized that I neglected posting for even longer. I’ve been seriously debating what Strings & Things will turn into now that I am no longer in school, but again, I’ll save that topic for a different post.
In short, I know my negligence ruined some of your Christmas gifts. I know you have been (im)patiently waiting for this post. I know many of you have unfollowed me out of frustration and disappointment with my lack of presence. But I’m here now, and I am deeply sorry.
For those of you who want to finish up the last square, I chose Vision to be the final installment.
I went with a really classic silhouette for this character. Only the true die-hard fans will recognize the outline of this powerful character’s face. I used the movie costume for colour inspiration, choosing a golden yellow, an orange-y red, and a teal/robin’s egg blue for the background.
As always, it is helpful to use the grid layout below to help track your progress through the square. Print it out and use a pen to tick off each square as you work your way through the rows. I used R for red, B for blue/teal, and Y for yellow.
Please note: I just realized that in the image of the finished square the cheeks are not symmetrical! I have adjusted this in the colour-coded grid, so please follow along with the grid to ensure everything is even.
Again, I just want to extend my biggest thank you ever to those of you who are still following along and working on your Marvel blankets. I am hoping that I will finally be able to finish my own!
As a big SORRY for being so behind with this project, I am offering all of my knitting and crochet patterns in my Etsy shop for $0.50 CAD (I wanted to do free, but Etsy won’t let me). Enter the code [ SORRY ] in the checkout to get your pattern for 50 cents!
(Coupon code info: It is a $5.00 off any purchase coupon. There is no limit to how many times the code can be used, but if you would like to purchase multiple patterns, you need to make multiple transactions otherwise it will only take $5.00 off of the first pattern and the rest will remain full price).
And as always, don’t forget to use the hashtag #marvelgraphghan so I can look at your beautiful work and admire your talent from afar!