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I’m creeping on the 660th yard of yarn on the Clapotis and it’s still not long enough.

At least I’ll be able to go to Knit Night with the ladies and tell them I did indeed make progress on it.

This weekend is Stitches Midwest. A bunch of us will be piling into Jenny’s Prius and driving down to Shaumburg. I’ll be doing an applied i-cord edging for the entire drive. I’ll explain later.

I finished a pair of socks, and I’ve cast on the second green sock. It’s extremely slow going, mostly because I have other projects to do and I also just don’t want to knit the sock. This is why I don’t usually knit socks. There’s 2 of them.

Leah gave me the  2007 issue of Interweave with the Cobblestone Sweater pattern. I’m hoping to get the yarn for it at stitches, otherwise it’ll just be an acrylic buy from Joann’s. There’s also about 10 other patterns I really want to copy from the magazine so I guess I’ll be all kinds of ready for winter this year.

I’m putting off buying the TARDIS yarn for another week. I was supposed to get it next week but I kind of have all kinds of bills to pay and my checking account is still doing pretty poorly thanks to my accidental falling on the credit machine buying yarn so I’m planning on buying it after my next paycheck. I’m also working on getting better at steeking. I did it the other day at Stitch n Bitch and it worked out pretty well. I’ll be knitting up a colorwork swatch and giving it a shot since I’ll have to do a striped steek to allow for less floating and less ends to weave in.  I also need to find a quality printer for the pattern so I can make it very well-colored.

I’m drinking coffee today in the vain hopes that it’ll help this evil migraine that decided to visit me upon waking up this morning. It’s going to be a long day.

Knitables · Patterns

Rationalizing away a madwoman’s needs

Oh hi there. It’s been a while since we last chatted. I’ve been meaning to rectify that…

I can’t rightly tell you about one of the things I’m knitting, because it’s not done. I can tell you that I’m fully intending on buying 7,000 yards of yarn in a few weeks, though!

Why?

Oh, ok. I guess I can fill you in.

I’ve gone insane: I’ve decided that my life simply isn’t complete without a 9X7 foot knitted TARDIS blanket to cozy up under. This is so much of a desire of mine that I’m fully rationalizing the fact that I can totally spend 150 dollars on the yarn and needles for this blanket AND I won’t be altering the pattern. It will be a full 9 feet long by 7 feet wide.

Here’s a little bit about me: I’m 5’4″. That means this blanket will be a good 3.5 feet longer than I am tall. Oh and it’ll be a foot and a half wider than I am tall. This blanket would be big enough to fit on a California King bed. I have no words.

The pattern for this blanket was free on Rav. I nearly piddled myself when I saw that it was indeed free and I promptly downloaded the pattern and set to figuring out how to print it without wanting to die of trying to figure out how to read a fully colorworked pattern that would NOT fit on just one page.

The pattern prints out to be 19 pages long. 19!!! That means every single little row will have to include me flipping the page 19 times! Painters tape will be my best friend when it comes to changing to a new row. I’m also anticipating one row to take me forever. ALSO I have to teach myself how to do colorwork while Purling. Trust me when I say that the option of knitting this piece in the round and steeking (cutting the fabric when done)  has not left my mind.

Finally, I’ll be backing it with gray fleece because I have a ton of it and it needs to go to a good home and there’s no way I’m going to want to weave in the billions of ends I’m going to have, so I’ll back it and reinforce it and it will be beauteous.

Now, onto the more important things before starting this mad project:

I have to finish Clapotis.

I’ve been working on the Clap since February and I’m only about 70 percent done. Once I finish the third skein I’ll start decreasing, but I still have about 90 yards left on the third skein and I really don’t want to be knitting the damn thing anymore.

I hate it.

I HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT!

I’m working on many other projects so Clap has gone by the wayside, but I have to finish her by the end of the month before I can start on the TARDIS blanket.

I also have to finish a lap blanket for me that I started around my birthday. I began knitting this blanket because I had three skeins of Cascade Eco + wool that I didn’t know what to do with and I wanted something instant that I could just put on my lap and knit or curl up under because I tend to run cold at night while watching TV. I finished one skein of the wool rather quickly, resulting in 5 squares, in which I realized I wouldn’t be able to finish a blanket because I would be one measly square short. My Carolina Homespun handspun will match the bare color I’m doing as a compliment rather well so I’ve decided to knit a square out of that.

However, I’ve been stalled on the bare skein since getting half-way through one square. I told myself I have to finish the blanket and seam it together and do the applied i-cord edging on it before I’m allowed to start the TARDIS blanket. I figured it would be bad to have two blankets going on at the same time, so I’m not going to. This project is completely mindless so I’m going to just knit while on lunch at work and hopefully it’ll complete itself. And then I’ll put it together and enjoy the crap out of it for as long as I can before moving onto another warm project.

Work has worn me out. I usually don’t get home until dinnertime and I’m usually too tired to either eat dinner or knit so I pretty much lay down and zonk out for most of the night. Then I finally get up and do some knitting but get bored because who wouldn’t get bored with a ton of Garterstitch and that’s it.