I have huge news regarding the blanket. The best blanket. The blanket I knit a two-inch square on every day, and have since the January before Elliot was born. The Knitted Patchwork Recipe scrap sock blanket that is my favorite thing that I have ever knit.
What? You don’t remember me talking about the blanket? That is probably because progress is so slow I haven’t bothered to mention it since last February. It is the first thing I knit every day. When I’m going to travel I make up the squares so I don’t have to take it with me, but every day from January 1, 2016 to April 20, 2018 is represented.
It’s big now. Not quite 5 foot on each side, but certainly big enough to snuggle up with. I’m going to sew in the ends (only the edges need to be sewn in, as sewing in the ends has been part of my daily work all along). I’ll be adding an attached I-Cord so the blanket has a finished look.
I don’t know how long it will take me to do the I-Cord, but that isn’t stopping me from starting my next Knitted Patchwork Recipe blanket. I’ll be casting on my first square tonight. It is so much a part of my day to knit a square I would really miss working on it.
I have to admit, I’m a little sad to be done adding squares on this blanket. There are so many memories stitched into the fabric. It represents a period of time that has been incredibly difficult and incredibly rewarding. Time is going so fast, and I am having a hard time accepting that my blanket is already done.
After I wrote my WIP post last week I decided I needed to get started on fingerless mitts for Kathleen to use at track meets. I found a skein of Knit Picks Swish DK that I was eager to get out of my stash, and I searched on Ravelry for a pattern that would work. I settled on Good Time Fingerless Mitts by Melissa Woods.
I think the pattern was fine for a free pattern, but I do not love it. If I make them again I’ll make the thumb a little shorter and do M1R and M1L increases instead of K f&b. The hand is a little long, but if it bothers her for crocheting she can fold it down.
I love how fast fingerless mitts are to knit up. I am sad to report that there is snow on the ground again, so she’ll probably need real mittens at her next track meet. I really hope spring is here to stay soon.
Happy Wednesday! I have been enjoying the 100 Days Project, but it is very nice to have a regular blog post subject today. It is hard coming up with ideas to write about every day. If there is anything you would like to hear about, please suggest it. I would be thrilled to receive some suggestions.
My knitting progress has been slow this week. I finished the hat I’ve been working on. It is the fourth time I’ve made the hat this year, so I figured it didn’t warrant another photo.
I have a few inches complete on John’s socks. The yarn is wonderful to work with (Madeline Tosh always is) and the colors are perfect for him. I am willing to bet these will become his favorite socks.
In addition to the socks I’m also working on the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus yarn bombing project. I’m also dangerously close to casting on fingerless gloves for my sister. She requested them so she could keep her hands warm while crocheting at track meets. I think that means I should finish them before the end of track season.
What are you working on this week?
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that last year I completed a dishcloth projects with my Crafternoon group. We knit over 140 dishcloths for the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus. At the time I said I would continue to knit as community service. Whelp. I didn’t actually do that. But that is changing today.
My friend Sarah, who organized the dishcloth project, has a new project in mind. The Supportive Housing Campus is a very industrial building. The modern architecture makes it look more institutional than cozy. She had the great idea to yarn bomb the poles in the building. She has a strong desire to make the place look homey.
Home is what the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus is about. This Y is the only one of its kind in the country. Their take on homelessness is progressive – they believe in getting people in housing first. First you deal with homelessness, then you address addiction. First you have your own bed to sleep in, then you find a job. Permanent supportive housing can make a big difference.
Because they make such a big difference, I’m happy to lend my support to make a little difference to their building. I agreed to knit a panel for one of the poles. It will be 18 inches wide by 15 feet 7 inches. That is going to be one long project.
Sarah was kind enough to share several skeins of Knit Picks Brava in worsted weight. I have all sorts of bright yarns to work with. Now I just need to get started.
I think my plan of attack will be changing colors every day. I might set an amount of time to work on it every day, or I might just see where each day takes me. I plan on trying out different stitches throughout the piece. I might work in some colorwork too, as that is a skill that I need to practice.
I will be working on this project for a long time, so I am hoping to keep it interesting. If you have ever tried a fun stitch please tell me about it. This is a great time for me to pick up a new skill.
Happy Wednesday. I’ve spent the last week knitting a lot of random things, and it has been refreshing.
After finishing the Diamond Girl Hat I focused on finishing the blue socks for Audrey. I always think kids socks are going to fly off the needles, and I’m shocked when they take more than a few days. I’m happy to be done with them. I hope that Audrey still likes them when they fit her.
Audrey asked me to make Mr. Giraffe (her best friend) a blanket. I couldn’t turn her down, especially because I had recently discovered a ball of Knit Picks Brava Bulky in my bag where I keep dishcloth cotton. The color is something I would never pick, but Audrey says that Mr. Giraffe’s favorite color is brown, so it worked out. I cast on 40 stitches and knit until the ball was gone.
After Mr. Giraffe got a blanket Audrey said Elliot’s animals needed one too. Luckily I found almost a full ball of Hikoo yarns Simpliworsted with the dishcloth cotton too. I cast on 35 stitches and knit until it looked done. Elliot loves the blanket. Margaret and the blanket came with us in the car to the library today.
I cast on a fourth favorite slouchy hat last night. I decided it would be a good project to have around when I don’t feel like working on my other projects. I have the pattern memorized, so I might keep the project in my purse to knit whenever I find time.
I am also working on a new pair of socks for John. I am using Madeline Tosh in the Home colorway. I love the colors in the sock, and I always enjoy knitting with Madeline Tosh yarn. I am getting burnt out on sock knitting, so I plan on taking my time knitting these.
Are you working on several projects? Do you have any big projects on the needles? Tell me what you’re working on. I love hearing from other knitters.
Happy Wednesday. It’s going to be 60 this afternoon, so it feels like spring is actually here. It’s not the weather that is feeling springy, so is my knitting. All of my projects are small – I’m not in the mood for a big, bulky project.
My knit while the kids play project is a pair of socks for Audrey. I’m about one inch from starting the toe on the first sock. These go fast when I actually take the time to work on them. They are just really boring, so I avoid working on them at all costs.
This is my first time working with this yarn, Sandnes Garn Sisu, and I like it. The yarn feels like it will hold up well, which is good, because I fully intend for both kids to eventually wear these socks. I love the color. It is such a bright blue, both kids seem happy with it.
I’m also making a hat for myself out of the South Dakota Yarn Co. I picked up at Fiberpalooza. The pattern, Diamond Girl, looks great with the yarn. I am using sport weight instead of DK weight, which will be good for a spring hat. I love how the hat is knitting up, but I am reminded why I haven’t knit lace in five years – you actually have to think about it. I’m not used to thinking about my knitting.
In addition to the two real projects I’m working on, I’ve started keeping a dishcloth on the needles in the fruit bowl on my dining room table. Why? Because toddlers eat for a really long time. Each meal lasts about an hour. That makes for a lot of sitting at the table encouraging them to eat or be done with the meal. I’ve made two and a half dishcloths with this new technique over the past week. That is even more impressive when you realize I was gone for three days last week. I plan to keep a dishcloth going until I’ve replenished our dishcloth drawer (all of our dishcloths seemed to get holes at the same time).
Overall I’m not in much of a knitting mood lately. Or a reading mood. You would think I would be getting a lot of cleaning and organizing done, but you would be wrong. I’m mostly sitting around trying to figure out what to do with my downtime.
What do you like to do when you aren’t knitting?