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I think I set a record...

...for the longest it has taken me to assemble a blanket. Four months. More or less.

But it's done now.

I present to you the finished Sunset Rain blanket. An experiment in half-square triangles that turned out as well as I had hoped when I planned it, and better than I had expected when I was halfway through making the pieces.
Sunset Rain


So now I need to assemble the Border Collie blanket.

And then... I'm not sure. The knitting needles have been whispering my name recently.

My problem is, though... I don't wear scarves; I dislike hats; I like my polartec gloves; I like plain neutral socks; and the amount of time and yarn I would need to knit a sweater for my fluffy figure is a little overwhelming.

This is annoying, since I discovered recently that I am quite capable of doing row after row of simple knitting without looking at my hands. Same cheap acrylic that I use for crocheting, and yet I was surer of my movements when knitting and purling than I usually am when crocheting.

Well, I somehow managed to buy three skeins of deep red yarn. 70% merino, 20% alpaca, 10% silk. DK weight; each skein weighs 50g and has 124yds/112m of yarn. So I've got 150g of yarn to justify buying. (It wasn't that expensive, really. Seriously.) I think I'm going to make a very simple 1x1 ribbing Möbius scarf.

Yes. A scarf. Even though I haven't worn a scarf in 5 years. Does this seem as crazy to anyone else as it does to me?

As atonement (I think), I'm hoping to go to WEBS this weekend. And they have mill ends of unmercerized cotton. Yes, it's a weaving yarn (works out to 460yds/100g), but that's actually a good thing. The dishcloths I made earlier this summer were too thick (180yds/100g), and I'm hoping that a finer thread will allow for a more useful cloth. Even a doubled thread would would work out to be thinner than the stuff I used this summer.

Of course, the smallest quantity is 2lbs, but that's okay. At $5.99 a pound, I won't be going into debt over this if it fails. And, if it works, 2lbs will keep me and my mother and several other relatives stocked with dishcloths for the next few years!


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Nov. 30th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
You *could* knit a blanket like I did. The squares could have different patterns of purl and knit.
Nov. 30th, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
Re: welllllll,
Yes, I could. And that may well be the way I end up dealing with my acrylic leftovers. I don't have the two wheelie bins you were dealing with, but I have more than enough to make a blanket or two.

Oh... Yeah. And you've just reminded me that I wanted to make a fish blanket. Not that that is easy-peasy knit-and-purl (there are some increases and decreases), but it looks simple enough. That would be a good stash-buster.

Well, first things first. The Border Collie blanket awaits.
Nov. 30th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
I forgot about the fish!! I meant to make at least one ages ago.And the wheelie bin of wool has made two blankets so far, and I still have a few skeins of the boring grey and brown left.And a pink. I might have to make a pink and brown border. :-/ Or maybe pink and brown fish. Hmmmmm..
Nov. 30th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
I do hope WEBS doesn't ship abroad - I didn't dare check on the site, and I don't want to know!

That red yarn sounds absolutely wonderful...
Nov. 30th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
I can't tell from the site...
...and for once I'll be kind and not try to find out.

As for the red... All I can say is that it called to me. Several times. Loudly. And while I was deciding, my credit card answered. Must speak with it about that.

Well, we'll see what the scarf looks like when it's done!
Nov. 30th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask about that too. They *do* ship, but it looks like 'just below the 48 states'. It doesn't mention overseas. They do look wonderfully acquisitionable. I'd have to work out prices.
Dec. 1st, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
Lucky escape...
I got brave and checked; can't find anything about overseas.
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