So yes, as hinted at the end of the last post, another impulse knitterly diversion:
an oversized blanket. I blame Pinterest, if I have to blame anyone.
And I blame the winter movie nights, which had the household sitting watching movies old and new most every evening. So, of course I had to be knitting. I can't watch without knitting.
I had already sat there for two nights with my hands empty, fidgeting.
So, this happened:
And happened very fast. Knitting with 20mm needles is a bit like a toddler with oversized crayons, a bit awkward but the drawing gets done in time for nap time with little attention span required.
This was about a week of movies, four x four rib, finished when I thought it was enough, about 55'' x 60" not including the stretch. It stretches a lot.
No, it doesn't quite fit on the ladder with the other beloved couch blanket, the addictive-to-cats stripey one.
The yarn? When I went for buttons for the vest, I looked around to see what yarn was available. I wasn't in a yarn store, just an all round craft depot.
Patons Cobbles was there and another brand on sale. The Cobbles was a real contender. Luckily though, I was wearing black jeans and both yarns did not pass the fluff test. Bad enough spending too much time under a blanket watching movies without looking like a fluff ball at the end of it. I have cats for that.
So I used Bernat Baby Blanket, doubled. It feels like a chenille bath robe, and is machine washable ( I did consider how I was going to wash the beast) and easy on the budget. The white makes my white couch look less so, but I really wanted white.
AND luckily, the wool I ordered arrived just in time for my planned spring cardigan as soon as I was done, a fingerweight gauge, (also white!) requiring the size of needles I love - tiny ones!
Quite the contrast. And yes, that is tape. The dreaded toddler crayon circulars broke about one foot in.
Mother Nature however, after being so nice and spring-like for a few days (quick, tap the maples!) decided we weren't quite ready for spring cardigans or yet to be finished with cosy blankets. We should have expected this from Her by now.
The skies cleared though, just in time for a pretty sunset and quite possibly another movie.