Monday, February 24, 2014

I finished!

Actually, I ran out of yarn. So I'm calling it done! It's more square than rectangular, but it's a baby blanket after all, so I think it will do just fine. I really love the pattern now that I can see the whole thing, rather than having it all scrunched up on the needles. It looks so intricate, even though it is just four repeating rows, and only one of those required any sort of counting and attention. 



There were times, however, in which I felt I was stuck in some sort of extreme knitting distraction reality show. I mentioned how I've been knitting while the kids play on the floor, which in reality goes something like this; I sit down, knit three stitches, and the little girl has to go potty. Put knitting down. Take care of potty. Pick knitting back up, and knit three more stitches. Then someone needs a drink, starts crying, or insists that since I'm sitting down, it must be time to read a book. I continue knitting (more fervently now) trying to get to a good stopping place before the next distraction strikes. At this point I really need to count stitches aloud so as not to lose my place. "One, two, three..." And my echo yells, "Three, four, seven, sixteen..." Then the baby makes his way over to my spot and yanks on my yarn. You get the picture. The blanket has mistakes. But, I'm not going for perfection here - just some nice, peaceful crafting time to keep my sanity. Obviously. 


Well, the baby seems to like it and it's still very much winter here, so I'm not too terribly late in getting it to him. Now I can start on a shawl or maybe an Easter sweater I have in mind. Nothing too complicated, though! What's on your needles?

12 comments:

  1. This is so pretty and delicate looking. I love the colour too. Good work!
    xoxo

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  2. It's lovely! I had to laugh out loud at your description of undistracted knitting time!

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  3. I have walked that mile! I love the pattern. I had tied to ask you about it before, but Google would never let me post the comment. Can you put the repeat down and across how many stitches? I made a shawl from a magazine pattern with a big honking chart. It was nothing other than a grudge match. In my town of 20,000, it is unlikely that ANYONE will be able to see the mistakes. I know that they are THERE, but if I keep moving, only I and my loving husband will know. He knows because he heard the salty language as I swore at the project! Your done is a perfect length! Three cheers for your sanity blanket!

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    1. It's the "old shale" pattern, 236 stitches across!

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  4. That's gorgeous! What a beautiful texture it has.

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  5. That blanket is beautiful and I totally know how it goes knitting with kids around. My baby felts the tail of my yarn I leave a long one and tie it up and she gnaws on it while I knit and occasionally yanks on my other yarn while my toddler tries to sit in my lap! On my needles I have a sweater for me (The Shalom sweater) and a minion for my son's easter basket (from despicable me).

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  6. Oh I love the blanket and the pattern! The color is just perfect for winters AND babies!

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  7. What a lovely blanket. So pretty!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful blanket...you are too clever. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

    www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com

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  9. I missed this when in came out, but had to comment. Better late that never! That is such a swell pattern--fancy and homey at the same time. Also, you are hilarious. That was a perfect capture of how I imagine knitting with babes at your feet must be! :)

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  10. It's amazing we accomplish anything with little ones. I remember knitting for the entire weekend, on a getaway with my husband. I felt so desperate to accomplish something! He drove, I knit, even after dark. It was stockinet stich with #5 needles, easy to count. I am drooling over your babies, I miss that season of life.

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