… I’m going to make this blanket grow :)
I’m still taking things very carefully, knitting-wise. I think I’ve finally reconciled myself to the need to check in with a medical person about my frequently resurgent RSI/muscle-achy-terribleness (technical term ;) ), because even though I’m trying to minimize my keyboard time and other repetitive activities, I can still feel the twingey pain coming on pretty quickly.
Despite all of that, a row or two each day is happening! Just so that my hands don’t forget knitting altogether, and because it’s good for my mental health.
I’m inching along on the medium green stripe, and still LOVING how this blanket looks.
It also FEELS pretty wonderful. Squishy and drapey at the same time, just enough warmth but not too much.
I can definitely see more of these blankets in my future! A perfect relaxing project for an evening at home, with the bonuses of fun opportunities to play with colour and (obviously) an amazing blanket at the end :) Even though a wool blanket seems pretty seasonally inappropriate, I’m glad this is what’s on my needles.
What are you knitting these days? I’d love to hear about it!
I was looking through some photos from the last two weeks, and realized that I DO have new photos of my garter chevron blanket to share, even though I’m still on knitting hiatus, for now, while my wrists and forearms heal up from overuse.
I actually made a bunch of progress on this project in a short span of time — which is part of how I messed up my stupid wrists in the first place! I had a couple of days in a row where I had to spent 5+ hours sitting quietly, waiting for things. PERFECT for knitting, right? Except, it’s not a good idea to knit garter stitch (knit knit knit knit with no purls or other stitches) for the whole 5 hours with no breaks.
Although I regret it now, because it’s meant such a dumb hiatus, I did get quite a lot knit.
I finished the third colour/second stripe! This was the first really truly green stripe, in a colourway called “granny smith.” I’m still really loving how this is coming out – I know the colours wouldn’t be for everyone, but they’re very me :)
This next stripe is the only non-Cascade yarn. This 3rd stripe/4th colour is Classic Wool from Patons, in a bright medium green called “clover leaf”. Why different yarn? For the most practical reason ever: this yarn in this colour happened to be on super sale at my LYS. It fit into the colour scheme was economical to boot!
I’m super excited about how this blanket is shaping up! I think I’m firmly in “knitted blanket junkie” territory, now.
I took my garter stitch chevron blanket out for coffee and a donut this week! That right there, friends, is an earl grey donut. It was FAN. TASTIC :)
Also, Miss New Zealand thinks this blanket is hers, already. She’s generally a big fan of squishy knitted fabric, and this is no exception. If I’m not quick to put it away, this is what happens:
Can I show you some actual progress instead of just snacks and cats? YES! Ta da!
I’ve modified from the original pattern a little bit. Instead of working 50 rows per stripe, I’m doing 60 (30 garter ridges). I just wanted to use up more yarn and have a wider stripe than I had at 50 rows.
I like how it’s looking so far! Up next: apple green. I think the colourway is actually called “granny smith”.
Even though most of the time it’s squashed into a blob in my lap, it’s starting to be pretty substantial size-wise!
Can I bust out this stripe in a week or less? (Probably. My other activities this week will be deadline-dissertation-chapter-writing [ugh], deadline-TA-grading [ugh], and feeling grumpy and sad about my still far far away spouse [a million ughs]. That stuff means more knitting.)
Have I mentioned that I really, really like garter stitch? And blankets? And projects that combine those two things? Also STRIPES? Also yellow and green?
I am so excited about this blanket :)
Pictures? Of course!
I used my thematically appropriate yellow and green yarn ball stitch markers.
It started to grow really quickly right away!
Because I’ve used a different needle size from the pattern (I’m using a 5.5mm needle), I’ve adjusted the numbers a bit. I continued increasing the initial triangular section until I had a total of 269 sts (134 sts on either side of the center stitch).
Why 269? That’s when I ran out of yellow :)
Next up? Gold heather!
Matching teapot optional! In just a couple of tea-filled evenings and boredom-filled bus rides, I’ve made lots of progress already.
The rows are so long that they gobble up yarn like nobody’s business. Already, in just 15 rows, I’ve used up 40g of yarn.
How wide will the stripes be? More on that next time! It might involve a golden rule…
Yellow is one of my absolute favourite colours – right behind barf green, of course :)
In my neighbourhood, trees are changing colours, and a few days ago I felt like gorgeous, golden fall yellow was all around me.
If it’s fall in your neck of the woods, I hope you’re enjoying all the colours, too :)