I was ready to show you yet another row of hearts today. Truly I was. I was nearly halfway through the fourth row of hearts when I made the mistake of taking this project to my knitting group this morning.
I know better than to bring a lace project to a social knitting environment.
I took it anyway. And sure enough, I dropped my knitting, right at the point of the lace, and the YOs snagged and I had to rip out all my progress on the fourth row. I did manage to knit a bit this afternoon - and I'm basically at the exact same spot I was when I woke up this morning - despite the fact that I worked on this WIP for several hours.
So instead of showing you knitting progress, I share with you my lesson learned. Don't get cocky. Unless you're really a disciplined knitter - leave your lacework at home when it's time for social knitting. Take something that you can knit on autopilot. You'll be glad you did.
I received a request to show a picture of the finished heart blanket. Unfortunately, I cannot comply. You see, I haven't finished this project. In fact, I haven't knit any more swatches in quite awhile. But at least I can show you all the swatches I have completed so far.
I need more the of the multi-heart swatches as I only have four completed. I'm not sure which other pattern I want to incorporate. I'll look through the book and see what else catches my eye. I think the next series of swatches will be a little less busy - but not completely solid.
I'm working on a few other blankets right now, so this is not on the top of the list, but it is in the queue - so there is hope. Thanks for asking. It's not forgotten - just in a time out.
Thanks for everyone's encouragement. I went ahead and kept knitting more striped swatches to tie together my hearts blanket. I finished seven striped swatches. Now I have A LOT of weaving in to do. The weaving in of all these loose ends takes almost as long as the actual knitting. But I think it's worth it.
The colors are a little muted in this picture since I snapped the photograph at night. But you get the idea.
Now I'm working on more of the fair isle heart swatches. Each swatch only has four colors - but has the same effect of uniting the color scheme into one blanket.
I'm not a fan of fair isle knit flat. It's awkward and the stitches are uneven. I hope it will block out nicely. These fair isle swatches knit up very slowly. Each one takes nearly an entire day. But I do like the overall effect, so it's worth it. I would like at least four of these fair isle heart swatches. We'll see if I'm up to knitting any more than that.
After all those false starts, I finally got my Boy Scout fleur-de-lis blanket underway. I've been watching my new Amazon Prime live stream feature on the big TV (instead of on my computer) so I was able to knit an entire panel of fleur-de-lis while watching one of my favorites - Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit - the BBC production starring the titular Claire Foy and Matthew Macfadyen.
And I can happily present to you one quarter of my Boy Scout blanket.
Even unblocked you can really see the fleur-de-lis pop in this panel blanket. I have three more panels to knit so I'll have to find another BBC series to watch so I can finish the entire blanket while being thoroughly entertained. Any suggestions?
It's September. It's back to school. It's back to reality. It's back to work. I had the BEST summer ever. I was so busy that I didn't have time for knitting or blogging or even emailing. I might try to do some retro-posts to cover some of the wonderful things I did this summer, but this might be as good as it gets. I hope you all had enjoyable summers, too.
I have been knitting a little here and a little there. I recently finished another batch of 7x9 swatches for my blankets. I'm really happy with the way they turned out.
In fact, I loved the happiness of this blanket so much that I'm seriously thinking about making it twice as big and making it for a dear friend of mine. I started a blanket for her, but it's not cheery enough. This one is so much happier that I think I might have to grow this one for her. I love the hearts. I love the stitch samples (althought the lack of symmetry with the pale pink stitch sample swatches bothered BF's sense of matchi-ness). I love five different colors. And for some reason, I especially love this unifying swatch with all five colors in one swatch.
So, I think it's decided. I'll be knitting at least 24 more swatches to transform this blanket from a child's blanket to an adult's blanket. It will be so much fun.