…And so the blanket saga continues. I feel pretty boring right now, as far as knitting goes. I’ve been churning out a block or two for my blanket per day, and I’ve just crossed the halfway point. I have 19.5 squares complete out of 36. It’s still charming me, and I’m not quite bored yet, but I’m quickly approaching the point where the only blocks that I have left to complete are the ones that I like the look of, but that I enjoy the actual knitting of less.
Here are my stacks of blocks! By the end I should have three of each, and 18 of the lattice block. The Argyle and the Aran blocks are done, and I’m making progress on the rest.
One important lesson that I’ve learned: Duplicate Stitch is significantly slower for me than fair isle is. The snowflake block is supposed to be done in Duplicate Stitch. I did the first one in fair isle, but on the second I decided to try out the novel concept of actually following the instructions as written. It took me three times as long. It is a little tidier, and I can see how I would use it sparingly in the future, but for a big motif like this one it was not worth the time it took!
Last year I took on a 12 in 12 challenge. The goal was to approach 12 types of projects that had previously intimidated me. I mostly succeeded. The brightest success that involved the most blood, sweat, and tears, though, was my 2012 blanket.
It took me forever. I hated it. I occasionally wanted to burn it. I swear that I remember having these thoughts and feelings, but now, a year after completing that project, all I can think about is how much I want a new blanket. I love the final results of my last one, and when it got chilly this week I pulled it out of the cupboard, spread it on my bed, and went out to buy some yarn.
The new blanket it coming along well. It’s the Fireside blanket pattern by Nancy Bush, and I’m making good progress. I’m aiming for a 6X5 blanket, which makes 30 squares. As of yet, the WIP hate hasn’t set in yet. If I finish it in the next few months it’ll make an excellent birthday present to myself. Until then, I’m making the best out of my early momentum. I’ve blocked the first batch of squares, and despite my suspicion about blocking acrylic, it turned out well. I read a tutorial that said the secret was to pin it into place and then spray block it. The results were exactly what I was hoping!
Do ever get scared about taking on big projects, or is it just me?