Friday, April 5, 2013

Knitting Break

I know I promised a book review about sheep, and it's coming.  It really is. But I have been plugging away on some other projects that I promised people.  (Why do I keep promising stuff?) I paint portraits and I just finished a painting of a friend's parents.  He doesn't even know it's coming. I can't wait to see his face when I give it to him...

So, during this knitting break, I have knitted several small toys: one Bunny Nugget for my husband's friend's new baby, an angry Chubby Chirp for my husband's office, and I started some of Rebecca Danger's monsters for my middle daughter. It seems that if I'm physically able to knit, then I'm still knitting.  Even during a break.

Angry Chubby Chirp named Uncle Leo
Now, I'm working on a soul-crushing blanket for my mom. It's a baby blanket.  A green baby blanket.  (Yes, another one.) And it's crushing my soul.  "Why is your soul the victim here?" you might be wondering... It's several reasons, really, and if you're a knitter, I think you'll understand all of them.

First, it's a blanket. So it's big, even if it's for a baby.

Second, it's in stockinette stitch, the whole thing, with a garter stitch border. This is my fault, because I could have done cables, or lace or something, but I wanted mindless knitting.  Sigh...

Third, it's in a soul-crushing yarn. It's 60% cotton and 40% modal, which is a fiber from beech trees, but feels kind of synthetic.  Yes, the yarn is soft, definitely, but it's...  green.  And there's a lot of it.  And I just don't love knitting with it. And there's no end in sight.

The good news is that when this blanket is done, in five years, when I finish it, all the things I agreed to do for other people will be done!  Yay!

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