10 Apr

I’ve got this thing down to a science, you guys. During the day I knit about three squares, putting them up to block as I go. The next morning when they’re dry I take them downstairs and weave in all the ends, to keep on top of things. Then it’s back to knitting squares! It’s a simple science, but a productive and useful one nevertheless. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

I’m also writing down every combination I do so I make sure not to repeat anything. And I’m keeping two separate bags of yarn, so when I finish one square, I can put the cakes I’ve used into the “done” bag, and take out two new ones from the “new” bag. This way I use each color evenly. Writing everything down helps with that, too.

I’ve gotten all my colors too, finally! I’m still waiting for some to arrive in the mail because–get this–my aunts and uncles are participating as well, so I have squares coming from Texas, Washington and Maryland. Pretty excellent, yeah? And one of my aunts got excited and gifted me three colors, even though I literally only needed one left, so I get to pick from the ones she’s sending and then have some leftover Malabrigo stash. Or maybe I’ll just incorporate all three into the blanket and have some leftover yarn.

Speaking of leftover yarn…I’m assuming that I won’t finish every single cake completely, and so I’ve decided to make a matching scarf to go along with the blanket out of the leftovers. It’ll be awesome.

Other exciting blanket-related things:

–I love how the decreases are coming out, to make the diagonal line across the squares. When you lay them all out like I did up there it looks like quilting, and that is really, really exciting and awesome.

–I’m getting out three squares a day, so assuming I keep up this pace, it’s going to take me a total of 26.6 days to finish the knitting. That’s pretty excellent, no? I was assuming it would take way, way longer, but no! Of course then I have the seaming and the weaving in of the seaming ends and then the border, but still.

–I’m going to do the border in the colorway Paris Nights, which is a beautiful almost-black-but-still-blueish-purpleish, only I have no idea how many I’ll need, so when I’m done with the blanket, I’m gonna bring the thing to Webs and get their help estimating. I’m very exciting for this part, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure the border involves picking up stitches around the whole thing and knitting them in garter stitch for however wide I want the border to be. That’s what the pattern calls for, at any rate, but it has yet to be seen if I have the patience for that or if I’ll just knit long strips and then sew those on.

And that’s how that’s going! Here’s a picture of my kitties enjoying the blanket:

So even though they’re cats and thusly didn’t contribute yarn to it, I still have their love all over the thing 🙂 Not to mention any cat hairs I’ve inadvertently knitted into it!


One Response to “Squares.”

  1. Leah April 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    It looks awesome so far!

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