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even though i frogged more rows than i can count, i still managed to make a mistake that i didn’t catch early enough — the pattern is shifted so it’s in alignment with the row above it, rather than staggered. not super noticeable, but still disappointing after all the time i put into it. and i messed up the pattern when casting off, and i could fix that by ripping out the cast off row and the row before it, but i haven’t really wanted to do that since i considered it done.
it’s heavy and warm, and big enough to cover my full-sized bed. i will not be cold this winter!
things were going so well, and then i discovered a mistake, 4 rows back. i considered forging ahead but i just couldn’t live with the error — it was too noticeable. but i haven’t touched it in well over a week, knowing that frogging 4 rows could actually make it much worse. so it sits. for now.
i recently became obsessed with the colors used in every blanket in every photo of the purl bee’s super easy blankets post. so i decided to try to design a giant super blanket using the fabulous colors: i took screen shots of each yarn offering, used the eyedropper tool in photoshop to get a solid color value, and then arranged the colors. i’m still not sure if this is the right composition, but i’m not in a hurry because i have other knitting projects to finish. it’ll be a good project for next winter.
i’m halfway through my blanket! it’s big enough to cover my lap as i knit, and it is so warm. which has been needed, because spring is a long way away for us.
i didn’t make the “major progress” i was hoping to make on my blanket during my break from school last month. in fact, i don’t think i touched it at all until the last weekend of the break, when i madly knit a whole skein in one night. only 15-1/2 (of 22) skeins to go. hopefully it’ll be done by the start of next winter.
this is my last week of class for the semester. all i have left is to prepare a 4 minute oral presentation for class on friday and then i’m done for about a month! still not sure what the subject of my presentation is… eeeks.
i have been sneaking in some making and knitting here and there, i just haven’t had the time to prepare any posts. i hope to make major progress on my latest blanket over the next few weeks. there’s a nice long backlog of movies i want to watch…
i’ve managed to make a some progress on my new blanket! and no mistakes so far! but will admit that it took a 6 attempts to really get going… 1-1/2 skeins down, 20-1/2 to go!
i started a new knitting project: purl’s double seed stitch blanket. i wanted to knit it after i finished my super easy lap blanket, but the cost of the super soft merino was crazy. i spent a lot of time trying to find a cheaper alternative, but i couldn’t find enough skeins of the correct weight in a color i liked. and then a trip i thought i was going to take was canceled. so i decided to use the money allocated to the hotel and use it for yarn. and now i’m knitting a very expensive blanket.
i’m working on the “throw” size, which is 60×60 inches. only 58-1/2 inches to go!
i’m on color number 5 on my blanket. some days i feel like i’ve frogged more rows than i’ve added. and being that spring weather is long ways off (it was 7 degrees yesterday morning), hibernating under a blanket and knitting late in the evening is still very appealing.
i’ve picked up my knitting needles again, and i’m knitting whit’s knits super easy lap blanket. and it’s for me, for my lap (i swapped out the hot pink for orange). i started this weekend, and hope to finish before the end of february. that’s the plan for the month (along with taking photos of tulips but not much else). postings may be brief and sporadic until the winter blahs go away.
i spent most of august madly knitting the baby blanket pictured above, hoping i would finish it before my sister’s august 30th due date.* knitting confounds me: it takes me at least 10 attempts to get started, but eventually i figure it out and i’m usually ok after the tumultuous beginning. still, i made a few mistakes here and there: too many stitches, too few stitches… and i’d procrastinate for weeks before figuring out how to fix the bigger messes… thankfully, you can’t really see my mistakes once i finally forged forward. the pattern is whit’s knits: chevron baby blanket from the purl bee, and it’s pretty easy for a novice knitter (especially if you’re not prone to numerous false starts like me!).
* i delivered the blanket on august 28th, and my sister delivered her baby on monday night (9/10): i am an aunt to a niece!
i’m picking up my needles after a long break for women’s history month.
when anna posted about the neck gator she knit for her husband, my neck had serious gator envy. i needed one for myself. over the weekend i abandoned my to-do list and i opened a bottle of cheap red wine, popped buffy the vampire slayer into the dvd player, and knit.
and now my neck is toasty warm.