Progress, actual progress!

I said that I wanted to finish my blanket and shawl before winter finished… and what do you know? I actually did it!

Turns out focussing on one thing at a time kind of helps. Who knew?

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Let me tell you something about giant, multicoloured crocheted blankets.

They. Are. Awesome.

See? I’m using it now.

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This has become my couch blanket, my bed blanket, my desk blanket… I’ve turned into one of those thumb-sucking children who won’t go anywhere without their blankie. So, yes, it took me a year to make but it was absolutely worth it. If I could go back in time, I’d probably make it slightly wider and less long, but the kit that I bought doesn’t really give you that option. The amount of yarn was super, super close. So close, in fact that this happened on the VERY LAST SIX STITCHESIMG_20160124_220059

Luckily, I hadn’t thrown out the trimmed ends so I could fudge it. But it was a very tense ten minutes.

In other news, I also finished my Campside shawl in Almerino Rooster. It grew to fantastically enormous proportions and is wider than I am tall. It is so big, that it is nearly impossible to photograph while alone.

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Here, you can marvel as it is unartistically draped over my apartment fence.

I tried to photograph myself wearing it, but, guys, I am so bad at selfies. I either look like the sort of smug wanker who instagrams their fairy-light-filled-wine -bottles, or (and I quote) “slightly terroristy“. So, I took a photo of it in the wild, on a particularly wet, windy and miserably Monday morning.

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(Yes, I usually look that panicked on Mondays)

Anyway, the shawl itself is pretty spectacular, warm, cosy, all encompassing. I highly recommend it, and definitely in a merino/alpaca blend.

After all this finishing of things, I am left with very few projects on the go. The slippers have been abandoned permanently. The very complicated socks are crawling along, as I have to relearn all of the weird increases and decreases every time I pick them up.

So… I’ve embarked on a new, long term project. A slightly scary one….

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(Not the swatch, the swatch is actually very nice and not at all scary).

But I am risking the Great Sweater Curse, and have started swatching for a Robin Hoodie. Now, I am not a very superstitious person, (I was an actual, card-carrying member of several skeptic societies) but.. er… this one genuinely had me hesitating. I explained my apprehensions and very sincere promises were made to ensure that the worst (an unloved jumper) won’t happen.

On a practical level, the pattern and colour were chosen by the recipient (I chose the yarn, Cascade Heritage 150 in Pine), so I can take no responsibility there. On a superstitious level, I am going to make him knit at least a row of it, so it is technically a group project and not a gift. Curses work on technicalities right? Right?

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Progress, actual progress!

  1. I LOVE the blanket! And the shawl! I also bow down to your WIP progress, I think I definitely have a case of second sock syndrome. If you have beaten the curse, I beg you, please do not tell Pete about it… But why does your apartment have a fence in the middle of a room?

    • An excellent question! My flat has a treacherous metre drop down the middle, so they fenced it off. If anyone tries to tell you about amazing Scandinavian interior design tell them about my fence.

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