Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It Keeps Going and Going....

Ever feel like you are going around in a circle? Well, I'm starting to get that feeling. I've actually been knitting a lot on this blanket. I can tell I'm making progress because I am really starting to notice it's weight while it is sitting in my lap. It is also taking longer and longer to knit each strip of color.

Currently, the blanket is about 23 inches square. I'm using 2 skeins of each of the three colors in Socks That Rock heavyweight. I'm still knitting from the first skein of each color. I'd estimate that I'm about two thirds of the way through those first skeins. I could probably sit down and figure out how large this blanket will end up. But that involves too much math - so I'll wait and be surprised.

When I first started this project, each of the strips were knitting up really fast and I made a lot of progress. It is all beginning to slow down now. I can now only get one strip finished on a weeknight knitting session. I really hadn't intended to put so much time into this project right now. My initial thoughts were that I would wait until fall to really get going on this project. But there is something about having simple garter stitch to work on that is soothing and easy to do while watching television.

I've also been working on finishing Wicked. I'm down to knitting the sleeves. I can see the allure of a short sleeved sweater now. It gets kind of monotonous and you have to turn and readjust the whole project so many times. I thought about ripping out the sleeve I have started and making the short sleeve version. But I know that I will never wear a short sleeve wool sweater. So I'll keep on knitting the sleeves. I'm going to try and concentrate on getting those sleeves done this weekend.

12 comments:

Deb said...

Why do I have the sudden urge to sing "Follow the Yellow Brick Road"? Darn addictive knitting isn't it? I love the color combo - still!

Stacey said...

that is going to be one big blanket! i like the way the blocks swirl around instead of being broken up.

i'm with you on short sleeved sweaters -just can't see ever getting much wear out of them!

Heather said...

I can't wait to see your finished Wicked. I'm knitting it, too, though I'm going with a modified short sleeve version (maybe down to my elbows or just above).

I admire you for making blankets. My short attention span keeps me from even making scarfs anymore. I think it's going to be really beautiful when it's done.

bradyphrenia said...

yeah, when i made my absorba bathmats, i thought i was gonna go insane by the end. in theory, garter stitch is "relaxing," but in practice, it's "mind-numbingly boring --please for the love of jeebus poke my eyes out with pointy sticks." at least it was for me. those rugs definitely cured me of ever wanting a log cabin afghan.

Bobbi said...

that blanket looks great! I can't wait to see your Wicked!

eusebius said...

Lovely work on the blanket!

I know what you mean about short sleeved sweaters. I made one years ago and hardly ever wore it. It's like I want a t-shirt OR a sweater - not both!

Monika said...

This blanket is going to be gorgeous! I can remember now, how long it took me to get the blocks of my Log Cabin at the end. It seemed a never ending thing. But eventually you'll be done!
I find sleeve knitting is the worst for me, but again, you are almost there! Hang in there!

Bezzie said...

I love the swirl! What a cool twist (no pun intended) on this oft knitted blanket!

Zonda said...

Looking good!! Can't wait to see Wicked! :)

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

Love the blanket!! The colors look so pretty together! You have such an eye for colors! I know what you mean about the ease of the garter stitch. But beware...they keep getting longer and longer :)

Can't wait to see Wicked!

Stacie said...

you are a blanket knitting fool! i love it!! that lizard ridgeg is a thing of beauty... the moo cards are really cute, i've seen em on flickr, but your the first person that i know to get them. and i love the new banner too!!

Mom said...

Round and round you go and where (or when) you stop - who knows??!!
Lookin' good though. Short sleeve sweaters (especially wool) never turned me on either. Can't wait to see it finished. You are a busy little girl....